Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Regime change the only US foreign policy objective toward Iran-Newt Gingrich

From the testimony of Mr Newt Gingrich, Co-Chair, Task Force on the United Nations , United States Institute of Peace in U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee Hearings November 15, 2005.

Title: Iran: Teheran's Nuclear Recklessness and the U.S. Response -- The Experts' Perspective:

...The current Iranian regime is the most dangerous in the world and is the single most urgent threat to American national security.

...Regime change is the only moral and practical foreign policy objective of the United States government toward Iran.

While the United States should actively work bilaterally with Russia and multilaterally through international institutions to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, let us keep our eye on what should be our overall objective – regime change in Iran.

We must actively work toward the day when Iranians can have free elections and a government that is accountable to the people. As a moral matter, regime change should be our objective as the current Iranian regime’s internal repression and external support of terror is so beyond the norms of civilization as to not be tolerated by the world community.

As a practical matter, regime change should be our objective because the current Iranian regime is by its own definition a non-status quo power which is dedicated to exporting revolution and destroying the United States and Israel. There is no compromising with a regime that puts the choice like that. And if that is the choice that is put to us by the current Iranian regime, then our strategy for dealing with it should be crystal clear: we win, they lose. There is no détente with a regime committed to killing you.

Lastly, if regime change is achieved in Iran through a democratic revolution, the question of Iranian nuclear weapons is automatically lessened because everything we know about the Iranians' attitudes suggests that they will be pro-western and peaceful. U.S. Military Readiness, Victory in Iraq, and a Coordinated, Vibrant, and Consistent Democratization Program Offer the Best Chance for Regime Change in Iran Short of Armed Conflict A policy of regime change in Iran does not mean that our first step is military invasion or air attack.

It is not.

Nevertheless, ensuring the readiness of our armed forces and conveying quite clearly to the current Iranian leadership our willingness to use military force in an overwhelming manner to protect American lives--and to protect our democratic allies--from Iranian actions is the first step. This means that we require a defense and intelligence budget capable of meeting the threat posed by Iran. While we may be heavily engaged on the ground in Iraq, the current Iranian regime should understand that the United States has more than ample air and naval forces to defend its interests. The following are a set of additional thoughts on how to bring about regime change in Iran:

1. Victory in Iraq.

2. Recognize the Weakness of the Iranian Regime and Let it Be Known Far and Wide.

3. Have Confidence in the Power of American Values and the Words of the American President to Change History.

4. Support Iranian Democracy Movements.

5. We Must Think Creatively on How To Make It Easier for Russia and China to Opt Out of their Support for the Iranian Government.

6. Avoid Broad Economic Sanctions, Especially Avoid Oil Sanctions.

7. Announce Formation of Special Tribunals for Members of the Iranian Republican Guard Corps and the Basij.

8. Develop and frequently revisit a ballistic missile and EMP Intelligence Military Plan for Iran.

9. Develop Contingency Plans In Case Iranian Government Collapses or Civil War Breaks Out...