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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-12-2012, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Iran, etc.

There's a confrontation on the horizon.

Some historical context:
https://www.cia.gov/library/center-f...article10.html

"The target was not an oppressive Soviet puppet but a democratically elected government whose populist ideology and nationalist fervor threatened Western economic and geopolitical interests. The CIA's covert intervention—codenamed TPAJAX—preserved the Shah's power and protected Western control of a hugely lucrative oil infrastructure. It also transformed a turbulent constitutional monarchy into an absolutist kingship and induced a succession of unintended consequences at least as far ahead as the Islamic revolution of 1979—and, Kinzer argues in his breezily written, well-researched popular history, perhaps to today."

"Most of the CIA's acknowledged efforts of this sort have shown that Washington has been more interested in strongman rule in the Middle East and elsewhere than in encouraging democracy. The result is a credibility problem that accompanied American troops into Iraq and continues to plague them as the United States prepares to hand over sovereignty to local authorities. All the Shah's Men helps clarify why, when many Iraqis heard President George Bush concede that "[s]ixty years of Western nations excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the Middle East did nothing to make us safe,"15 they may have reacted with more than a little skepticism."
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Hmm, maybe the confrontation will be averted.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/21/wo...r-program.html

FYI, the administration is denying this report. Not that that means much.

IMO, I'll bet Iran is developing their nuclear capabilities 1., to deter the country that has invaded two of it's neighbors, and 2., to have a big bargaining chip in negotiations for economic assistance.

They are not developing nukes to attack Israel. Anyone who thinks that is what is going on, I have a bridge to sell you.
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