Newt Gingrich and the Iran Threat
The GOP Stalwart's False Predictions and Phony History
by Arash Norouzi
In 1994, Republicans captured the majority of the House of Representatives for the first time since the Eisenhower administration. This was accomplished in no small part with the help of House Minority Whip Newt Gingrich, who soon became Speaker of the House and Time's Man of the Year.
Gingrich has remained one of the GOP's most powerful and influential figures. In addition to his 20 years in Congress, he is also a former college history professor, author of 23 books (fiction and non) including the significant Contract With America, and a regular political analyst for FOX news channel. In May 2011, he announced his candicacy in the 2012 Presidential race.
Gingrich was among the first to portray the threat from Iran under Ahmadinejad in apocalyptic terms. Forecasting a second Holocaust, Gingrich once predicted that regime change would need to take place in the next 2-3 years to avoid war with Iran. That was in early 2006.
In his December 2010 keynote address to the Heritage Foundation, Gingrich outlined the top nuclear weapons threats to the United States. The number one threat, in his view, was the only country in his list that did not—and still does not—possess such weapons.
Newt sees no diplomatic solutions with Iran, for he views the regime as irrational and suicidal. His suggestions for bringing it down begin with economic pressure, covert funding of opposition groups, and sabotaging their ability to refine gasoline, but include the use of force if deemed necessary. In 2006, he suggested the U.S. help create the conditions for labor strikes in Iran's oil sector, falsely citing them as a major contributor to the downfall of Mossadegh in 1953. Yet in reality, the oil labor strikes began prior to Mossadegh's premiership, and were directed at the British owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, not the government. By 1953, nationalization had succeeded, and AIOC had become the National Iranian Oil Company.
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