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View Diary: Aug. 19, 1953: When the Eisenhower Administration destroyed Iran's secular democracy (281 comments)

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  •  Please expound on this. N/T (0+ / 0-)

    Conservatives are "engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy...the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."JK Galbraith

    by BludevlsAdvocate on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 04:55:22 PM PDT

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    •  Iran really didn't like the Taliban, (2+ / 0-)
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      Sharon Wraight, Don midwest

      especially after they killed several Iranian diplomats in 1998.

      Iran helped us a lot after 9/11, and captured a number of al-Qaeda and Taliban who crossed into Iran from Afghanistan and Pakistan.     But relations soured again when Cheney turned down a grand bargain for normalized relations offered by Iran in mid-2003.

      Iran had also apparently offered a prisoner exchange of al-Qaeda for the MEK terrorist group we were harboring in Iraq, but that's one of the groups the US has used as proxies against Iran.   No way in hell Cheney and the neocons were going to do that.

      As a result of the Iraq war, US threats against Iran and escalated tensions, the relatively moderate Khatami lost the election and Ahmadinejad won.    We lost a big opportunity by the way the Bush administration handled that, and a number of disaffected US foreign policy specialists have discussed that, including Hillary Mann and Flynt Leverett.

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