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Iran seems to have friends in high places

Beyond the Rhetoric

Harry C. Alford & Kay DeBow ow contribuor | 6/6/2019, midnight

The Islamic Republic of Iran seems to have gone through some significant changes since its beginning after the overthrow of the Shah of Iran (Pahlavi Dynasty). It’s initial hatred of the United States and Israel has remained intact. It’s long-term goal of destroying Israel has not changed. It continuously agitates hostility throughout the Middle East in support of that goal. That strategy makes them a constant adversary to the goals of the United States and other moderate nations. We both refer to each other as “Evil Empires”.

In the beginning, during the 1970’s Iran’s opinion of the United States was downright adversarial. They seized our embassy and took our nationals as hostages. Our president at the time was Jimmy Carter and they played him for a very cautious and timid leader. They were correct. The siege on our embassy lasted over a year.

When Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter in the 1980 election, he promised to make things significantly different with the hostage turmoil when he took office. On his inaugural day, the Iranians freed our hostages and returned them home. They figured Reagan was sincere and would act aggressively, unlike Jimmy Carter. They were correct. After all, Iran is the birthplace of the game of chess. They played their strategy correctly.

Time rolled on as Iran ramped up their aggression in the Middle East and whipped up their anti-Israeli and U.S. rhetoric. The Clinton and Bush administrations held the Iranians at bey and were vigilant in monitoring their aggressiveness in the area. But then came an unexpected “treat” for the radical empire. The United States elected a president with the Muslim name of Barack Hussein Obama. He was a son of the devout Muslim and later the step - son of a devout Muslim. He was certainly not a typical homegrown American citizen. The master strategists of Iran decided to play along with this new breed of an American president.

It even got better. The new President Obama chose as his closest advisor a person who was a native of Iran. Valerie Jarrett was born in Iran. Her first language was Farsi (Iran’s national tongue). Her roots are 100 percent Persian. Iran was received warmly from the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party. It was like the story of the old lady bringing in the frozen snake out of her front yard to warm up and heal in her home. She forgot that it was a snake and that would bring her harm later.

The eight years of the Obama administration were good to the Iranian regime. Secretary of State John Kerry became joined “at the hip” with his counterparts in Iran as they worked to solve an agreement and peace treaty regarding nuclear deployment. The “chess masters” put on their game face and Iran increased their influence in the Middle East like never.

They began to provide arms and turmoil throughout the Middle East nations. The Palestinians were on their “payroll” to provide disruption within Israel. Their negative actions in Syria, Yemen and other surrounding areas were running amuck. All of this culminated in the Obama administration signing an agreement with Iran. It was a lop-sided deal with the United States stuffing the pockets of Iran with billions of dollars. It didn’t make sense. Iran laughed all the way to the bank and to their weapons arsenals for replenishing the guerrilla activities in the region.