Congresman Kucinich was unfamiliar with the Quds Force, and couldn’t name the Supreme Leader of Iran.
One series of questions:
HH: Congressman, do you know what the Quds forces are?
DK: (pause) I’m sorry?
HH: Do you…are you aware of the Quds forces?
DK: What are you talking about?
HH: The Quds forces from…they’re an arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Are you familiar with them?
DK: (pause) Go ahead.
HH: Are you? Because I don’t want to pursue it if you’re not.
DK: Well, go ahead. I want to hear what you have to say.
HH: Well, they’re operating in Iraq. Does that concern you?
DK: I think that we need to get the region involved in stopping the insurgency. And the way you do that, the first step you take, is to take away the energy that the insurgency is gaining from the occupation. Look, Iran…you know, we should be concerned about any nation feeling that they can advance their interests through the chaos and civil war of Iraq. And the way that you do it, you have to have a political settlement. We cannot solve this militarily. Most…and many generals who believe that.
HH: Pop quiz, Congressman. Do you know who the supreme leader of Iran is?
DK: (pause) You’re talking about the religious leader?
DK: I can’t tell you the name off-hand.