Considering the political histories of Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, I’m not surprised to see the lack of statesmanship. Their reckless endorsement of freshman Sen. Cotton’s letter to Iranian leadership is unprecedented, attempting to sabotage years of international nuclear negotiations between Iran, five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany. Are these their senatorial priorities: partisan political exploitation to disrupt international nuclear negotiations; unparalleled breach of legislative protocol; an infantile attempt to discredit President Obama?
Examining GOP Middle Eastern foreign policy: Mohammad Mossaddegh was the democratically elected prime minister of Iran (1951-53). His secular democracy and resistance to foreign domination of Iranian resources (oil) was overthrown in the 1953 coup orchestrated by Pres. Eisenhower’s administration (CIA Director Allen Dulles, Sec. of State John Foster Dulles) and the British Secret Intelligence Service.
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, “The Shah of Iran” (1941-79), a pro-western, CIA-backed monarch, continued his rule, bringing back foreign oil firms until his overthrow in 1979. Iran’s current and anti-western, authoritarian theocracy is the consequence of the 1979 Revolution.
Finally, we have the Bush/Cheney manifesto of lies, incompetence and corruption; death and devastation beyond measure to this present day. In actual fact, who lacks credibility?
Joel A. Price, Boise