Vice President Mike Pence isn’t the only one trying to link Iran, and General Suleimani specifically, to the attack on 9/11. Like Pence, Newt Gingrich is falsely claiming that Suleimani helped many of the 9/11 hijackers to cross Iran into Afghanistan to organize the attacks. Not only is there zero evidence for this, there’s positive evidence against it.
On Wednesday morning’s edition of Fox & Friends, Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich pushed for regime change in Iran, insisting that it’s the best long-term option and that Iran is not “too big” of a country. In making his case, Gingrich claimed that Iran “get[s] away with an amazing number of things, including court findings and 9/11 Commission findings that they directly helped the people who attacked us on 9/11 and killed 3,000 people.” The show’s co-hosts did not counter his claim.
The push to link Iran with 9/11 echoes a tweet sent by Vice President Mike Pence over the weekend, which drew widespread criticism and was swiftly debunked as misleading. Although Pence’s spokesperson pointed to a State Department document that claims Iran permitted members of Al Qaeda to travel through Iran to Afghanistan, where some received military training, this is not evidence that Iran or Soleimani knowingly helped to carry out the attacks. Additionally, the 9/11 Commission Report found that Iran was not involved with and had no knowledge of the attacks that occurred on September 11.Still, Gingrich tried to justify Soleimani’s assassination by saying Iran “directly helped” Al Qaeda carry out the talks. (There is actually evidence suggesting that Saudi Arabia, which the Trump administration considers to be a strong ally, actually did play a role in the 9/11 attacks, yet Trump took a previously undisclosed meeting with a top Saudi official only two days ago.)
Funny, just a couple days ago Trump said that ISIS is the enemy of Iran. Why is that the case? Because Iran is Shiite and ISIS is Sunni — just like Al Qaeda. That’s what makes them enemies. So the idea that Iran would have helped Al Qaeda do anything is ludicrous. And as the text says, if we’re demanding regime change in nations that helped Al Qaeda carry out the 9/11 attacks, we must start with Saudi Arabia. But Trump is cozied up with that country.