Jefferson Morley | February 9, 2019
Rules of ‘Regime Change’: The CIA in Iran
In Truthdig Joel Whitney has an excellent recap of the CIA’s coup in Iran in 1953 and its continuing impact on the world we live in today.
How is that possible? Read on:
As relations between the U.S. and Iran again take on a hostile tone, it’s worth untangling the intricate braid of CIA claims and secret operations that knocked down rivals and labeled leftists and reformers in the U.S. and around the world as communists.
As the history of the Iran coup shows, one key to U.S. regime change operations is to divide the targeted government: in the current vernacular of American politics, to “meddle in their elections.”
The next move was to pry apart Mosaddegh’s coalition, united around nationalization of territory and resources. This meant peeling off the mullahs from that coalition and justifying U.S. actions in the media. A secret marriage was consecrated between Western policymakers and the ayatollahs of the ulema, who were bribed to summon crowds against the legitimate government of Mosaddegh in order to bring it down. A marriage of convenience less than love, it would return in the annals of the CIA’s cultural Cold War, in contested places like Afghanistan, not to mention 1979 Iran.