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He lost Iran. That's the single biggest disaster of the entire cold war. He managed the siutation so incompetently that a considerable fraction of the Iranian exiles believe he supported the Ayatollahs, absurd as it sounds.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Thu Aug 19th, 2010 at 08:33:56 PM EST
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Zbignew Brzezinski was his National Security advisor and he admitted encouraging the Islamists against the Socialists in Afghanistan as a way to draw the Soviets in. Boy, did that pay off or what?

But Brzezinski is as much at fault for "losing Iran" as Carter was.

And Iran was not for the US to "lose". What were thry going to do? Send in the Marines to protect the Shah they had installed 20 years earlier?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Aug 20th, 2010 at 04:01:08 AM EST
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