Retired Green Beret Joe Kent wants to bring his experience fighting America’s enemies on the ground in the Middle East to Congress.

canto In an interview with Granthshala News, he told Granthshala News that he is one of several Republicans who preferred Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash.

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Kent is a Gold Star husband – his wife, Senior Navy Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent, was killed in action fighting ISIS in Syria on January 16, 2019.

“I had decided to get into a more public and political arena, not necessarily run for office,” Kent said. My wife was murdered a month after Trump first tried to get our troops out of Syria.

“I had my eye on ‘Blob’,” he said. “I began to speak in support of what President Trump was doing in the war on terrorism.”

Kent said he would give Biden an “F” on Middle East policy.

Kent, referring to National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and climate envoy John Kerry, said, “Sullivan, Blinken, John Kerry … he brought in all these people who really worked on the Iran deal, the JCPOA for their careers.” was put at stake.” “In general, I think we continue to do the wrong thing because people don’t want to admit they are wrong… the gambler’s fallacy.”

“This is essentially the strategy of our national security establishment.”

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Kent fought in the Iraq War, was then deployed to Yemen, then returned to Iraq to combat ISIS. He said he was not optimistic that Biden would pull out of Syria completely as the president announced in April.

“I’m not sure why Biden chose September 11 to take out our troops,” Kent said. “That leaves our soldiers out there trying to withdraw for the entire fighting season. … What if we lose soldiers? Will they say we can’t go again? Me There is a lot of doubt that Biden will make it through to the end.”

But Kent isn’t just campaigning to end endless wars. He cites the disappearance of industries such as lumber and fishing, election security and “drastic” coronavirus lockdown measures as voters in Washington’s third congressional district face challenges. If elected, he said he would support a complete immigration moratorium and prompt Congress to take a deeper look at what happened in the 2020 election.

Joe Kent, Shannon Kent and their two sons in November 2018.  (courtesy of Joe Kent)

Before Herrera Beutler and nine other House Republicans distanced themselves from the GOP over impeachment, he was regarded as a moderate Republican in a blue state. Kent told Granthshala News that he is not concerned that he will be too conservative to compete in the general election.

“There’s a really good, free, populist movement here. I’m going to do whatever I can to reach out to different factions,” he said. “I am not a career politician. My opponent is a career politician. He and I are of the same age. … He has been in Congress for 12 years.

“For me, it was looking at the real situation, knowing that I have a commitment to my kids. I Googled ‘how do you run for Congress’ and run from there.”

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He said Kent is putting $200,000 of his own money to fund his campaign. He said that he hopes that more people like him will decide to join politics at all levels.

“I would encourage anyone who is concerned about where this country is going to get out of there,” he said. “Run for something, start supporting candidates they believe in, showing up at meetings, registering my friends to vote. I’d never considered running for Congress before . I feel like if I don’t do it, I’m going to regret it.”