I can buy some of his Georgia buddies trying to strong-arm the Shaw. Old Mr. Peanut played some rough politics and contrary to popular wisdom, he was never a "nice person." He was always and remains, and egocentric prick.
But I lost it with the embassy takeover. There was absolutely no upside for him that I can imagine to support that. As to allowing the Shaw to fall, I agree he allowed it to happen and probably was glad. Not out of any geopolitical interests, but he simply hated the Shaw because of his own moral smugness which prevented him from seeing the greater national interest in supporting the Shaw.
Jimmy Carter is above all, a self-rightous jerk.
posted on 03/15/2004 8:32:57 AM PST
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If Carter thought that the Bani-Sadr administration would succeed the Shah, and that he could reach a political rapproachment with that group, then he may have believed that it was politically astute to change the regime. Later, as this article suggests, he was finessed by Ayatollah Khomenei, who did not remain on Olympus but instead got involved in the government of Iran in a significant way. (I believe that Bani-Sadr was murdered in Paris).
posted on 04/19/2004 10:50:18 AM PDT
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