posted on Nov, 27 2013 @ 12:52 PM
Republican attempts to sabotage a Democratic president's deal with Iran are nothing new, however.
Just ask Jimmy Carter.
In 1980 Carter thought he had reached a deal with newly-elected Iranian President Abdolhassan Bani-Sadr over the release of the fifty-two hostages
held by radical students at the American Embassy in Tehran.
Bani-Sadr was a moderate and, as he explained in an editorial for The Christian Science Monitor earlier this year, had successfully run for President
on the popular position of releasing the hostages:
"I openly opposed the hostage-taking throughout the election campaign.... I won the election with over 76 percent of the vote.... Other candidates
also were openly against hostage-taking, and overall, 96 percent of votes in that election were given to candidates who were against it
Carter was confident that with Bani-Sadr's help, he could end the embarrassing hostage crisis that had been a thorn in his political side ever since
it began in November of 1979.
But Carter underestimated the lengths his opponent in the 1980 Presidential election, California Governor Ronald Reagan, would go to screw him
Behind Carter's back, the Reagan campaign worked out a deal with the leader of Iran's radical faction - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini - to keep
the hostages in captivity until after the 1980 Presidential election.
This was nothing short of treason. The Reagan campaign's secret negotiations with Khomeini - the so-called "October Surprise" - sabotaged Carter
and Bani-Sadr's attempts to free the hostages. And as Bani-Sadr told The Christian Science Monitor in March of this year, they most certainly
"tipped the results of the  election in Reagan's favor."
Not surprisingly, Iran released the hostages on January 20, 1981, at the exact moment Ronald Reagan was sworn into office.
Sorry for the long quote. In these days of detente with Iran (and break with Isreal) it is important to look at the history of events.
Many members will not remember Reagan's October Surprise nor the promise of Jimmy Carter's presidency. If we had followed President Carter's
Energy Plan, we'd be sitting pretty good right now. The horrors that started with Reagan might have been avoided.
It's a conspiracy all right - a classic back room conspiracy. The republican's stole two elections that year (in very un democratic manner - with
lies and deceit) one in the US and one in Iran.
Oh - the progrom began way eariler but this was a huge turning point towards corporate control of the US and the world.