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CIA publicly acknowledges 1953 coup it
backed in Iran was undemocratic as it
revisits ‘Argo’ rescue

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Posted By: FlyRight, 10/12/2023 7:27:22 AM

While revealing new details about one of the most famed CIA operations of all times — the spiriting out of six American diplomats who escaped the 1979 U.S. Embassy seizure in Iran — the intelligence agency for the first time has acknowledged something else as well. The CIA now officially describes the 1953 coup it backed in Iran that overthrew its prime minister and cemented the rule of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi as undemocratic. Other American officials have made similar remarks in the past,

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Reply 1 - Posted by: DogFacedPonySoldier 10/12/2023 7:37:36 AM (No. 1575460)
Just like Viet Nam and Ukraine, among many others. Chile comes to mind, also,
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mcscow sailor 10/12/2023 8:06:37 AM (No. 1575484)
My understanding of the constitution is that only congress can “declare war”. Not a roving band outside of the direction of congress. This, and other misadventures of the US, are more than undemocratic. They are out of.bounds.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Newtsche 10/12/2023 8:07:39 AM (No. 1575485)
And oh yeah, #1, USA 2020.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: jimincalif 10/12/2023 8:09:51 AM (No. 1575489)
I’d say undermining and subverting the duly-elected 45th president of the United States was undemocratic as well.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Quigley 10/12/2023 8:25:35 AM (No. 1575499)
FTA: “Working with the six — these are rookies,” Johnson recounts in an interview aired by the podcast. “They were people who were not trained to lie to authorities. They weren’t trained to be clandestine, elusive.” Certainly not the case with the leadership that has appeared before and testified to Congress about Operation Get Trump.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: felixcat 10/12/2023 8:57:37 AM (No. 1575533)
I understand the reason for the OSS in World War II and then its metamorphosis into the CIA during the Cold War. But the last 40+ years - I think the CIA is way over its skis and its unlimited black budgets and secrecy and records of missing intelligence indicated that is should be greatly scaled back.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Lawsy0 10/12/2023 9:23:06 AM (No. 1575571)
How many and who are the CIA agents who served in 1953? Even the personnel director of that agency couldn't possibly find the names, much less show any written record.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Kate318 10/12/2023 10:13:51 AM (No. 1575625)
I always love the “Ok, I was bad a long time ago, but I’m not anymore” explanation when it comes to the government. Many of us have known for decades just how dirty the CIA is.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Rumblehog 10/12/2023 11:22:29 AM (No. 1575685)
"Hey kids! You all want to know a little secret? Your nation's very own CIA is evil... no lie... it is! Now, isn't that funny? Hahaha" /s
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Ruhn 10/12/2023 11:46:25 AM (No. 1575706)
This is a load of crap. Given how ideologically compromised (woke) the CIA now is, take this "confession" with a grain of salt. It's been an article of faith within leftist academia in league with the Iranian mullahs to perpetuate the myth of 1953: the CIA instigated the overthrow of Mossedeq. Per the Iranian constitution of the time, the Shah had the power to dismiss Mossadeq, the nationalist prime minister at the time who was becoming increasingly authoritarian in domestic rule. The Shah was so uneasy about dismissing Mossadeq that he fled the country when the officer sent with the Shah's order was arrested by Mossadeq. The Iranian people were shocked by Mossadeq's usurpation of power. Though contemporary history whitewashes their role in this but the Iranian clerics were the most vocal for Mossadeq's ouster. They, along with many elements of Iranian society favored a coup to install General Zahedy, a former member of Mossadeq's cabinet, as the new prime minister. A popular spontaneous uprising ensued that overthrew Mossadeq with Zahedy and reinstalled the monarchy. And what was the CIA's role in this? They printed out copies of the Shah's decree to dismiss Mossadeq. That's it. Keep in mind that in 1953 that the CIA was nascent, having just been formally established in the National Security Act of 1947. The CIA's boots-on-the-ground presence in Iran at the time was sparse, let alone an effective effective network. All of this was released by recently declassified cables from DoS (after John Kerry's and Barry's disastrous "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action" became a reality). But it has been convenient to leftists like Kerry, Barry (Valerie Jarret) and the Iranian clergy to perpetuate the myth of 1953. The big bad imperialist US via the CIA altered domestic Iranian politics that led to the Islamic Revolution of 1979. That myth is not even close to what really happened.
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