Two Weeks in January: America’s secret engagement with Khomeini

On 27 January, 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini – founder of Iran’s Islamic Republic, the man who called the United States “the Great Satan” – sent a secret message to Washington.

From his home in exile outside Paris, the defiant leader of the Iranian revolution effectively offered the Carter administration a deal: Iranian military leaders listen to you, he said, but the Iranian people follow my orders.

If President Jimmy Carter could use his influence on the military to clear the way for his takeover, Khomeini suggested, he would calm the nation. Stability could be restored, America’s interests and citizens in Iran would be protected.

h/t Marvin

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Jimmy Carter was such a flaming moron.
    His idiocy enslaved millions AND caused the deaths of countless numbers.

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    • Justin St.Denis

      I think the sheer BREADTH of Carter’s stupidity is unsurpassed. Then I remember something………John Kerry.

  • At one stage, there was a debate about whether Carter or Obama had the worst policies regarding Iran.

    Now it is much harder to decide which of these cretins was more ruinous for world peace.

    • Martin B

      Thirty five years after Jimmeh left the White House, the world is still paying the price for his idiocy. The same will be true of the Magic Negro.

      • “The Simpsons” were right – Carter IS history’s greatest monster.

        Maybe they weren’t joking.

  • Clausewitz

    What is it about Democrat Presidents and their complete gullibility when it comes to dealing with Iranian Muslims? I just chalk it up to Democrat values.

  • Martin B

    Khomeini knew a sucker when he saw one. So does Khamenei.

  • JoKeR