Like I said go get a history lesson, Carter supported the overthrow of the Iranian Shaw, which was replaced by the Ayahtollah (sp) this led to the first Gulf war, which was the war between Iraq and Iran, in which hundreds of thousands died. Thanks Jimmy, this also led to the spread of islamic extremism, the kind we see in Iran today, the kind that advocates the stoning of women, just bury them up to their necks in dirt, as well as the execution of homosexuals on a daily basis. Now to compare Iraq to Vietnam, WW2, is kinda silly, seeing as the death tolls dwarfed any seen from Iraq. But hey when we left Vietnamn only 10 million people were slaughtered by the communist. So yah, compare Iraq to vietnamn, heres some kool-aid why dont you have a sip.
You don't know what you are talking about. Carter gave the Shah sanctuary, infuriating the Khomeini. Then when the moderate mullahs tried to repair US Iranian Relations, we smacked away their hand of freindship and refused to extradite the Shah to stand trial for4 crimes against his people.
That's what bought us decades of bad blood with Iran. To suggest we supported the Ayatollah is just plain bass ackwards.
And that had little to do with the first gulf war, except that we supported Hussein simply because he was at war with Iran at the time.
Here's the history lesson. We supported Hussein in his efforts to halt the Iranians efforts at Jihad, even though he was an even more brutal dictator than the Shah was. So when the war was over and Hussein needed to sell oil to replenish his coffers, the wise asses in Kuwait,Cousins of the Saudis, lowered the price of oil in a n effort to destablize his regime and gain influence. The final nail in the coffin was the discovery that they were slant drilling for oil across the border.
Hussein was furious after fighting what hebelieved was a noble war to keep the shia infidel from overunning the civilized sunni world, he was btrayed by his fellow sunni bretheren. Still a good soldier on the CIA payroll, he consulted with us first, and we gave him the greenlight.
Then came the call from the Saudi's who yanked their chain on Bush and told him to save their cousins. Bush, a former spook himself was reticent to get involved, but the pressure from the saudis, coupled with the desire for some of the old cold warriors to show off our new weapons and scare the russians won out.
suddenly their were billboards with pictures of hitler, stalin and hussein in an effort to sell our buttinski war between two countries we had no business interfering with. As if being a bad man was a reason to invade a sovereign nation. If that were true we would be bombing Saudi Arabia.
And you wonder why hussein swore a blood feud against us? was it becdause he hated freedom or a double cross?
People often get smug and defensive when you say we earned all this emnity from the rdical islamists, but the fact remains, if we had spent a fraction of what we gave bin laden to fight the soviets to then build schools and hospitals, he might not have grown to hate us and drop the worls trade center.
Had we given the Shah to Khomeini for trial and made peace with the moderate element in Iran, we wouldn't be considering bombing them today.
It's called blowback and its the result of selfish, smallminded, short sighted covert policies, that always end up being paid for by us in the blood of our young people.