Obama taking a page from President Eisenhower’s Iranian coup playbook? According
to this editorial from Iran’s state-run Islamic Republic News Agency,
President Obama’s comments and tactics suggest that the animosity of the United
State toward Iran, which began when the CIA helped topple Iran’s democratically-elected
government in 1953, is alive and well in 2012.
Former Iran Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddeq: Arousing the jealousy of the Shah and the anger of British oil companies, Mossadegh was toppled in a CIA-backed uprising in 1953. It was a fateful act of foreign policy that continues to scar U.S.-Iran relations. Mosaddeq spent the rest of his life in internal exile. Here he is in 1967.
TEHRAN: By signing into law a new series of sanctions to
disrupt the everyday lives of ordinary Iranians, President Barack Obama is
operating in line with the 1953 U.S.-engineered military coup.
Within the context of his so-called campaign to restore
democracy to Iran and bring it back into the international fold, he has outlined
a series of measures to intensify economic sanctions and provide Iranians with
At a signing ceremony for the bill, he said that the United
States has decided to talk to Iran, but that the opportunity for diplomacy is fast
Suffering from a number of domestic political setbacks,
President Obama, in his speech to the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC, chose to repeat the anti-Iranian language used by
President George W. Bush.
President Obama, whose landslide victory came thanks to his
criticism of the Bush Administration’s penchant for driving the international
community to war and hostility, has made some eye-opening statements against
In fact, Obama’s comments bring to mind the CIA-sponsored 1953
military coup. At the time, the U.S. espionage service spent $6 million to
topple the democratically-elected government of Mohammad Mossadeq.
And why?Because Mossadeq
had led a national campaign to nationalize Iran’s oil industry. It was
then that London turned to the United States for help avenging the Mossadeq Government
for depriving Britain of its prior monopoly.
Obama's statements, according to analysts, carry the same
general tenor as those made by President Eisenhower when he ordered the Mossadeq
government toppled and the dynasty of the deposed shah reinstated. The shah [Mohammad Reza Pahlavi],
having fled the country, was brought back by the CIA.
Iranians well remember America’s unconditional 25 years of post-coup
support for the tyrannical Pahlavi. During the 25-year lifespan of the brutal
Pahlavi regime, the United States turned it into the gendarme of the Persian
Gulf and ally of the regime in Tel Aviv.
Albright, former President Bill Clinton’s secretary of state, acknowledged that
the 1953 coup, which was engineered by the United States, had inflicted
irreparable harm on Iranian democracy, expressing understanding for Iranian
resentment of U.S. interference.
[Editor’s Note: In her 2000 speech that came as a surprise to
many and garnered almost no response from Tehran, Albright said in part:
“In 1953, the United States played a significant role in
orchestrating the overthrow of Iran’s popular prime minister, Mohammed Mossadeq.
The Eisenhower administration believed its actions were justified for strategic
reasons, but the coup was clearly a setback for Iran’s political development
and it is easy to see now why many Iranians continue to resent this
intervention by America in their internal affairs. Moreover, during the next
quarter century, the United States and the West gave sustained backing to the
Shah’s regime. Although it did much to develop the country economically, the
Shah’s government also brutally repressed political dissent. As President
Clinton has said, the United States must bear its fair share of responsibility
for the problems that have arisen in U.S.-Iranian relations.”]
Up to 1979, when Washington dispatched General Robert Hauser
to advise Iranian Army commanders on how to crack down on protesters, the United
States had exercised strong and direct influence over Iran’s government.
Yet it is surprising that President Obama would follow the
same methodology by imposing sanctions on pharmaceuticals, scientific research
and passenger aircraft while at the same time claiming that Washington is not
targeting the Iranian people.
Thanks largely to the victory of the Islamic Revolution and the
attack and attempted invasion of their country by the Iraqi dictator just as Iran’s
defenses had experienced such a fundamental change, the Iranian people are well
aware of the hostility of the United States.
By providing dictator Saddam Hussein with satellite pictures
to help his forces target and massacre Iranian troop concentrations, America’s hostility
toward the Iranian people could not have been clearer.