Less than a year after being put back on the throne in a CIA-backed

coup, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi is welcomed to the White House

by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. It was an operation that still scars

U.S.-Iranian relations.



Obama Follows Eisenhower’s Iran Coup Playbook (Islamic Republic News Agency, Iran)


Is President 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.




April 2, 2012


Islamic Republic of Iran - Islamic Republic News Agency - Original Article (English)

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.


DOCUMENTARY: Operation Ajax, Iran, and the 1953 CIA Coup, Feb 19, 00:16:00RealVideo

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 Internet access.


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 diminishing.


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 Iran.


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.



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Madeleine 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.

Posted by Worldmeets.US


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.




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