Iran, Again

People walk past a banner of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (left) and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Tehran in 2016. (Raheb Homavandi/TIMA/via Reuters)
For 40 years, Tehran’s philosophy has been simple and direct: ‘Death to America!’

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE S ince 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.

It is hard to overstate just how spectacularly unprepared the U.S. government was for the Iranian Revolution in 1979. The House Intelligence Committee revealed in a January 1979 report that two CIA long-term analyses written in the late 1970s had left policymakers with the impression that the rule of American-aligned Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was stable and strong. The House report cited


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