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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A wave of spontaneous protests over Iran’s weak economy swept into Tehran on Saturday, with college students and others chanting against the government just hours after hard-liners held their own rally in support of the Islamic Republic’s clerical establishment.
Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s comments in June to Congress saying American is working toward “support of those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of that government” has been used by Iran’s government of a sign of foreign interference in its internal politics.
The Velvet Revolution
The true objective of this policy option is to overthrow the clerical regime in Tehran and see it replaced, hopefully, by one whose views would be more compatible with U.S. interests in the region. The policy does, in its own way, seek a change in Iranian behavior, but by eliminating the
government that is responsible for that behavior without the use of American military forces. Indeed, inherent in this option is the assumption
that the current Iranian regime is uniquely problematic for the United States—that a successor would not attempt to acquire a nuclear weapons
capability, nor seek to overturn the regional status quo by stoking instability. It is worth noting that if a future democratic Iranian regime did continue these policies, that might prove more of a problem for the United States than their pursuit by what is clearly an autocratic regime.
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Years later, Brookings gained funds from the Carnegie Corporation to establish the Institute of Economics.
In 1952, Robert Calkins succeeded Moulton as president of the Brookings Institution. He secured grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation that put the Institution on a strong financial basis. He reorganized the Institution around the Economic Studies, Government Studies, and Foreign Policy Programs. In 1957, the Institution moved from Jackson Avenue to a new research center near Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.
But we should also be aware of the US involvement in promoting regime change.
Iran’s trade with the European Union topped €9.9 billion in the first half of 2017, double last year’s trade in the corresponding period. Moreover, large European companies have since secured major projects in Iran, including the French automaker Renault, the French energy giant Total, the Swiss MECI Group, Peugeot Citroen’s joint venture, Airbus, the French construction firm Alstom, and the German Siemens AG.
originally posted by: NthOther
The vocabulary we use is very telling. "Regime change".
Literally, it means the transfer of power from one "regime" to another "regime".
Do we want a "regime" or do we want a democratic republic?
We want a regime. We want oppression and the stifling of dissent as a cornerstone of foreign policy. Allowing Iranians to choose their own destiny would be a disaster for western corporate interests.
Which is why they say "regime change". They don't want to eliminate tyranny--they want to give it a different flavor to fool the people into thinking things are changing.
They aren't. The names change, yet the song remains the same.
originally posted by: NthOther
a reply to: Ohanka
However misused the word is, it nonetheless invokes images of totalitarianism. If that's the word you want to use...
Another ATS semantic pissing contest. Not playing.
originally posted by: Hazardous1408
a reply to: TinfoilTP
The human race would benefit...
I’m ever so confident that you will stick to that assertion when Iranian refugees join the rest of the Middle East diaspora and flood the West.
Yep. I’m certain of it.
originally posted by: TinfoilTP
The human race would benefit, has that been incorporated yet?
So, we have the SOS stating openly that "American" is working towards a peaceful change using "elements" inside Iran.