For 40 years, Tehran’s philosophy has been simple and direct: ‘Death to America!’

For 40 years, Tehran’s philosophy has been simple and direct: ‘Death to America!’
A banner depicting Ayatollah Khamenei, being torn down by protesters in Iran on 30 Dec 2017. (Image: Screen grab of Twitter video)

[Ed. – When there was a chance to support a regime change during the Obama years, the president got cold feet.]

Since 1979, no one in the United States has figured out a good way to handle the regime in Tehran. For 40 years, we’ve been having the same arguments, and no matter what we tried, the results were disappointing.

The odd thing is that no matter what happens between the U.S. and Iran, we keep repeating the same patterns and having the same debates. From the hostage crisis at the U.S. Embassy and the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon; to the “Tanker War” and the mines in the Straits of Hormuz in the late ’80s; to the truck-bomb attack on Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia in 1996; to Iran’s letting the 9/11 hijackers go through Iranian territory without stamping passports; to IEDs against our soldiers in Iraq. …

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