Vice President Mike Pence published a Tweet linking Iran to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks following the drone killing of military commander Qassem Soleimani.
In the series of tweets, Pence claimed that Soleimani was “an evil man responsible for killing thousands of Americans.” He added that Soleimani “assisted in the clandestine travel to Afghanistan of 10 of the 12 terrorists who carried out the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.”
Pence published the tweets despite the fact that the non-partisan 9/11 commission report stated that there was “no evidence that Iran or Hezbollah was aware of the planning for what later became the 9/11 attack.”
“At the time of their travel through Iran, the al-Qaeda operatives themselves were probably not aware of the specific details of their future operation,” the 9/11 commission report stated.
After it was pointed out that there were actually 19 hijackers who carried out the 9/11 attacks, not 12 as Pence erroneously stated, the administration doubled down on their campaign of falsehoods.
“For those asking: 12 of the 19 transited through Afghanistan. Ten of those 12 were assisted by Soleimani,” wrote Katie Waldman, Pence’s press secretary.
The 9/11 commission report did note that eight of the hijackers “transited Iran on their way to or from Afghanistan” but claimed it was likely because they were “taking advantage of the Iranian practice of not stamping Saudi passports.” No proof has been shown that Soleimani helped them in their travels.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had previously falsified a connection between Iran and the 9/11 attacks last year, setting the stage for additional hostilities with the Islamic Republic.
“The factual question with respect to Iran’s connections to al-Qaeda is very real. They have hosted al-Qaeda. They have permitted al-Qaeda to transit their country,” Pompeo said to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2019.
Pompeo also claimed that “there is a connection between the Islamic Republic of Iran and al-Qaeda,” but academic studies have shown that there is “no evidence of cooperation between al-Qaeda and Iran on planning or carrying out terrorist attacks.”
This is similar to the globalist Bush administration’s efforts to connect Iraq with the 9/11 attacks in the lead up to that illegal, unconstitutional war. Former Vice President Dick Cheney claimed there was “overwhelming evidence” of links between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda before the Iraq war. Cheney would admit years later that he was lying to the American public.
“On the question of whether or not Iraq was involved in 9/11, there was never any evidence to prove that,” Cheney said while being interviewed by Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren in 2009.
The familiar tricks of the military-industrial complex and deep state are being repeated yet again, and they may result in another forever war in the Middle East.