Ron Paul gets it right: US overthrew Iran in 1953
I admit I find Rep. Ron Paul's (R-Texas) campaign for president interesting, and I think the guy's more sincere than most people who are running for, and who have ever run for, that office. While I don't support him as a candidate, I do respect a lot of what he says.
At the Republican presidential debate, Rep. Paul stated that the United States suffered the blowback from a US-sponsored 1953 coup of the Iranian government which deposed the legitimately elected leader of Iran and reïnstalled the vicious tyrant, Shah Reza Pehlavi, whom we Americans backed. We ousted, with our CIA, Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadek, because he believed Iran should control Iranian oil fields, not British and American companies. See the clip below, which splices Rep. Paul's 2007 debate performance with a 1987 PBS documentary:
Rep. Paul is right: we ignore our excesses at our own peril. Instead of the simplistic "Why do they hate us?" question, or the ultra-simplistic "Axis of Evil" sentiment, we need to recognize that our actions have consequences, and if the United States insists on treating foreign nations and nationalities like pawns and property, we're going to suffer blowback. The Bush administration pays no mind to this reality with its foreign policy, which is why every day Bush continues to run the country is another day our foreign policy gets mired deeper in an intractable, ever-bloodier quagmire.
Ron Paul is the only Republican running for president who actually talks sense regarding foreign policy, who actually bothers to look at real issues, searching for real solutions. Mind, since I don't approve of Paul's domestic ideas or of libertarian politics in general, I won't support Paul, either; I instead prefer to back either Barack Obama or John Edwards. But Ron Paul is certainly the best Republican running this year (though, admittedly, that's not saying much.)