Americans often lack any sense of history and humility.

In 1953, the CIA organized a coup in Iran to overthrow Mohammad Mosaddegh after he nationalized the Arab-Iranian Oil Company. The coup replaced a democratically elected leftist with an approved American, Shah Pahlavim, who then hired a number of CIA mercenary thugs. This is recorded in the book Legacy of Ashes, an approved history of the CIA.

  In the 1980s, America along with a variety of other countries supported Saddam Hussein in his brutal war with Iran where, among other actions, the Iraqi leader used chemical weapons with the approval of the U.S. Later, in 1988, a US Navy warship shot down an Iranian commercial jet over the Persian Gulf “by mistake” killing all 280 on the plane.

 Then in 2015 the U.S. negotiated a treaty with international support regarding Iranian nuclear development only to unilaterally withdraw from it in 2018 on the uninformed basis that “it was a bad deal.” Now the U.S. sends a major fleet into the Persian Gulf that separates the Sunni Arab states on the western shore from Iran on the eastern shore claiming, with no direct proof, that Iran is targeting shipping exiting the Gulf. Perhaps Saudi Arabia is undertaking sabotage in an attempt to get the U.S. involved. Remember, 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were Saudi citizens and the other four were from the UAE, Lebanon and Egypt, all Sunnis. Why would the Iranians sabotage their primary export shipping route?

 Can anyone really blame Iran for being upset with the U.S.? No one claims that Iran is a great place to live, but bullying its government is really crude and stupid.

 President Trump claimed  President Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. and also asked for the death penalty for the five young men incorrectly tried as the “Central Park 5” only to later learn that another group actually committed the crime. I don’t remember him apologizing or admitting to be in error in these or many other reckless accusations, which were later proved wrong. Honest and humble leadership should replace arrogant and ignorant leadership.

 It seems that it is the right of the U.S. government to do whatever it wants wherever it wants to whomever it wants. Is this what we want to be recorded in history books? Do we ever teach our students the historical facts?

 Dick Swenson

Walla Walla

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