Newt Gingrich on Iran
In 2006, Congressman Gingrich wrote an article describing the war on terror and islamic fundamentalists as the third world war. He noted the numerous acts committed by Iran and terror organizations of other nations as an example that Iran was an active participant in the war. He urged people to decide which side of the war they were on and to then engage in the ideology arena to speak out against islamic jihad and tactics used by such groups.
Congressman Gingrich has consistently argued against allowing Iran to obtain nuclear weapons. In 2008, Congressman Gingrich assailed a National Intelligence Estimate claiming that Iran no longer had or was pursuing nuclear weapons as a political move meant to take the legs out from under the Bush administration. In December of 2010, Congressman Gingrich argued that action needed to be taken to stop Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons. He stated that every day action wasn't taken, Iran got closer to achieving a nuclear weapon.
Third World War
On July 17, 2006 Congressman Gingrich released a statement through the Human Events website discussing the third world war.
The American Eleven
In September of 2006, Congressman Gingrich released an article from Human Events declaring eleven points that he would pursue. One of those eleven dealt with the threats of North Korea and Iran.
Focus on Iran and North Korea. The American people are very prepared to believe we face extraordinary threats from a nuclear North Korea and an Iranian regime actively seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Any actions in Iraq need to be recast in terms of their impact on Iran. A weak America in Iraq will be unable to stop Iran. Stopping Iran is potentially literally a matter of life and death. Congress should hold hearings on the scale of the Iranian and North Korean threat, the statements of their key leaders and the requirements for action to replace these dictatorships before they succeed in killing millions of Americans. The Santorum Iranian democracy bill should be forced out of the Senate in the context of these threats. Everything about Iraq should be debated within this larger and much more dangerous context.
In November of 2007, Congressman Gingrich was interviewed by WNYC radio. When asked about Iran, Congressman Gingrich stated that allowing Iran to pursue nuclear weapons should not be an option.
Response to NIE
In December of 2007, Congressman Gingrich issued an article for the Human Events website that was in response to a National Intelligence Estimate that found credible evidence that Iran had halted it's nuclear program in 2003.
Dark Cloud Over Iran
In April of 2008, Congressman Gingrich released an article for the website Human Events. That article cited Iran's involvement in the Iraq war and General Petraus's upcoming testimony.
Iran Must Not Go Nuclear
In December of 2010, Congressman Gingrich wrote an article for Politico and the American Enterprise Institute discussing the possibility of a nuclear Iran.
CBS Foreign Policy Debate
On November 11, 2011 Speaker Gingrich participated in the CBS foreign policy debate. He was asked there about Iran and he notes his support for sanctions and anything else to prevent Iran from achieving a nuclear weapon.
CNN National Security Debate
Congressman Gingrich participated in the national security debate on CNN on November 22, 2011. When asked about Iran, Speaker Gingrich reasserts his view that allowing Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon is not accetable. He also supports sanctions on Iran's gas imports and sanctions to their banks.
Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation
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