“Forgetful officials,” in the U.S. he says, “should not be rewarding Tehran for its deadly actions with gifts like sanctions relief.” Senator Lieberman is chairman of United Against a Nuclear Iran.
The article, published September 7, argues that “a key al Qaeda partner, Iran, has never been held responsible for its enabling role.”
Senator Lieberman reminds readers of the evidence of that partnership:
•the findings of the 9/11 Commission;
•the finding by Judge John D. Bates of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in the 2011 case of James Owens et al. v. Republic of Sudan et al which illustrated Iran’s role in the truck bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania;
•the accusation, made by the Treasury Department, that Iran allows al Qaeda to use Iranian soil to move “money, arms and fighters to its bases in Pakistan and Afghanistan;”
•the July 20, 2016 U.S. blacklisting of three members of al Qaeda who were living in Iran, saying these men helped the jihadist group on the battlefield, with finance and logistics, and in liaising with Iranian authorities; and
•the 2007 letter captured in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in which he directed al Qaeda not to target Iran because “Iran is our main artery for funds, personnel, and communication.”
Senator Lieberman also outlines the academic work which has traced the close relationship between al Qaeda and the Iranian regime.
While the State Department says Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, he points out, “Washington policy makers have pursued closer relations with Tehran.”
The deal with Iran, which “at best postpones Iran’s nuclear ambitions—while giving them billions of dollars now, and a legal path to nuclear weapons in the future,” was a deal, Lieberman argues, with a regime which has the “declared and demonstrated desire to destroy our country.”