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Trump's Iran Regime Change Fantasies

July 26, 2018 in Economics

By Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow

Candidate Donald Trump campaigned against Washington’s
foolish Middle East wars. President Donald Trump is threatening
Tehran with the equivalent of fire and fury. After decades of
American attacks on Iran, what Trump should be doing is changing
course.

The president erupted against Iran on Twitter earlier this week
in an outburst that was even more hysterical than his tirade
against North Korea last year. “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE
UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF
WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE,” he
tweeted. “WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT
WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE
CAUTIOUS!”

The president sounded like a high school dropout who had just
downed a six-pack and was now itching for a brawl. It’s he
who should be cautious before enthusiastically threatening to visit
death upon another nation and people. After all, as he once
acknowledged, the results of U.S. warmongering have been ugly.

America has been in conflict with Iran, or more accurately the
Iranian people, for decades. In 1953, Washington backed a coup that
overturned a democratically elected government. Five presidents
supported Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Iran’s shah, who governed as
an absolute monarch. His rule was highlighted by ostentatious
corruption, brutal repression, nuclear research, and plans to
become the Middle East’s dominant power.

His advisors apparently
believe that reliable actors are waiting in the wings. Haven’t we
heard that before?

A broad coalition overthrew the shah in 1979, but alas the worst
guys with the most guns, the Islamists, gained control. The U.S.
then backed Iraq’s aggressive war against Iran, started by
Saddam Hussein (yes, that Saddam Hussein). The Reagan
administration provided Baghdad with intelligence and dual-use
technology that Saddam used to create chemical weapons. Washington
also reflagged Kuwaiti oil tankers as American vessels to protect
the small Gulf state, which was helping to fund Iraq’s
war.

In 1988, while that conflict raged, a U.S. ship shot down an
Iranian commercial airliner, killing 290 people. The Pentagon
initially misstated the facts to shift blame. Two years later, the
U.S. Navy awarded the captain who had given the orders to fire the
Legion of Merit for “outstanding service.”

In 2003, the Bush administration rejected Iran’s offer to
talk about all issues. As the neoconservative Greek Chorus urged
Washington on to Tehran, the administration’s John Bolton
reportedly said that such an attack was forthcoming. Even the Obama
administration threatened Tehran with war, routinely intoning that
“all options are on the table.” That threat was issued
not to deter an Iranian attack, but to dissuade Tehran from
building a deterrent to an American attack. In 2015,
then-commentator and …read more

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