Prepared Testimony by Newt Gingrich Before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing: Tehran's Nuclear Recklessness and the U.S. Response

November 15, 2005

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear
  • Missile

The central proposition of this testimony is this: the combination of two elements – the virulence of the ideology of Iran’s current regime and advanced military capabilities it is working energetically to acquire – when added to Iran’s inherent endowment – its strategic location, natural resources, population, and proximity to the vital resources of other nations in the region and the seaways through which these sources reach the rest of the world – poses a threat of such scope and magnitude which leave us with no choice but to take it with the utmost seriousness. We must prepare and take actions of the same intensity and seriousness as the threat.