The Jury Talks Back

6/17/2009

“Meddling” in Iran

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin M @ 10:52 pm

President Obama is hesitant to “meddle” in Iran, having just apologized for a previous occasion when the US did just that.  Now try to guess which meddling attempt he apologized for.

  1. 1953 — Dwight Eisenhower (R) allows the CIA to assist Iranians who want to replace the elected Prime Minister Mossadegh with Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.  Mossadegh had nationalized US and British oil companies and seemed unable or unwilling to deal with Soviet-backed Communist subversion.
  2. 1977-79 — Jimmy Carter (D) alternates between criticism of the Shah and neglect of increasingly unstable Iran, while the Ayatollah Khomeini organizes for revolution.  In the end, the US takes no action in support of the Shah and allows Khomeini to take power.

Number 1, number 2, neither or both?

Extra credit:

  1. The US supported the British/Soviet invasion of Iran that drove the Nazi Reza Shah from power in 1941.
  2. US diplomacy got the Soviets to end their occupation in 1946.

Which of these meddling attempts did Obama find laudable?


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