WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, issued the following statement:

“On February 26, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released the 2015 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community. Notably missing from the terrorist section? Iran and Hezbollah. Iran (the largest State sponsor of terror in the world) is perhaps the greatest threat America and our allies face today. Hezbollah is Iran’s puppet terrorist arm. Both have been on this list in the past. What has changed since last year?”

“I am left to conclude that it is either the official position of the Direct of National Intelligence that Iran and Hezbollah no longer pose a threat to the United States or perhaps the Administration thought it would remove them for the sake of pacifying Iran during the nuclear negotiations. If the former, then I have serious concerns about the judgment of our Director of National Intelligence. If the latter, then this Administration is making a big mistake. Appeasing the Supreme Leader of Iran and all his henchman will not work.   This is a reckless foreign policy that will come at the expense of the security of America and our allies around the globe. I am asking my colleagues to join me in a letter to find out exactly why Iran and Hezbollah were left out.”