The United States and Iran have been at odds since radical Muslims took over the Middle East nation in 1979 and took Americans hostage, releasing them only when President Ronald Reagan was inaugurated in 1981, explains a new report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The conflict level has gone up and down since then, mostly up, until Barack Obama was in office.
He repeatedly referred to Iran as “The Islamic Republic of Iran” and stated that the U.S. was committed “to diplomacy that addresses the full range of issues before us, and to pursuing constructive ties among the United States, Iran, and the international community.” Obama also exchanged letters with Iran Supreme Leader Khamenei, “reportedly expressing the administration’s support for Iran.”
He capped his efforts with the nuclear agreement under which Iran gave up essentially none of its ultimate options or choices, and the U.S. lifted sanctions and handed over $1.7 billion in cash to the mullah-led regime.
That apparent U.S. endorsement of radical Islamists, now, however, is turning a new direction.
In fact, a new federal government report notes that the Trump administration has released several statements indicating it would be happy to see regime change in Iran.
That’s the conclusion of a new Congressional Research Service report.
“Some experts criticized the Obama administration decision not to materially support the 2009 domestic uprising in Iran as a lost opportunity to change Iran’s regime, but then-Secretary of State Clinton asserted that overt and extensive U.S. support for the opposition would have undermined the opposition’s position in Iran,” the report explains.
Instead, there were sanctions, which were followed by the nuclear deal and Obama’s subsequent promise that the U.S. does not seek to change Iran’s regime.
“The Trump administration has not adopted a policy of regime change, but there have been several administration statements that indicate support for that outcome,” the report continued.
“In his speech in May 21 in Audi Arabia, President Trump stated that his administration is hoping that Iran’s government will change to one that the administration considers ‘just and righteous.’ In testimony before two congressional committees in Jun 2017, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the administration supports a ‘philosophy of regime change’ for Iran … and that the administration would ‘work toward support of those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of that government,'” the report said.