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“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?


  1. it’s a trick question:

    the correct answer is “none of them”, because the US was involved in all the scenarios, and we’re to blame for everything.

    Comment by redc1c4 — 6/17/2009 @ 11:31 pm

  2. First, I’m going to need help with the answers. My guess is he apologized for Eisenhower’s acts (as did Madeline Albright) but not Carter’s.

    Second, I unintentionally copied your title! I did not see it beforehand so it’s actually ‘great minds think alike’ rather than plagiarism, but I’m sorry nonetheless.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/18/2009 @ 8:58 pm

  3. I say neither, and would be interested in what he said. I guess I could look it up. heh.

    Comment by G — 6/22/2009 @ 8:46 am

  4. He apologized Eisenhower, but mentioned none of the others. Possibly his historical perspective ends with the Cold War.

    Comment by Kevin Murphy — 6/22/2009 @ 10:25 am

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