In 1979, Iranian students in the US said they were being spied on by Savak, the "secret police" with consequences at home for their families. One asked Henry Kissinger what might be done who answered there was nothing he could do. What is the causal "link" to the taking of the US Embassy in Tehran, the "October surprise" and the "arms for hostages" scandal resulting in the return of Islamic clergy to power? General Schwarzkopf's father in the American Expeditionary forces of the 1930s had placed in power secular rulers. That Schwarzkopf was later put in charge of the investigation of the "Lindbergh baby kidnapping" according to newspapers.
About thirty (30) years ago, the Grumman Corporation had a compound of over 3000 employees outside Tehran, training them to service and fly the F-14 "Tomcat" of which they had 80 (today 77) to have been 100 aircraft, built where Grumman once was the island's single largest employer.
Sitting with the test pilot of the F-14, his wife and anthropologist who'd been in Iran, it was announced on major TV, in "prime time" that the US would blow them up if USSR had any military sent to their border. He said that the plane was well known to them, probably over the air-to-air missile tech which would upset the balance of power in the world if obtained.
It seems a shame that this woman would be held for spying, when what started it all, Savak in the US. (250 words or less)
"The United States severed diplomatic relations with Iran after its 1979 Islamic revolution and takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Relations deteriorated further under the former President George W. Bush, who labeled Iran as part of the so-called "Axis of Evil" along with Saddam Hussein's Iraq and North Korea."I'm objecting to this "transformational grammar" construct. As I recall the students took over the US Embassy first, then Khomeini was called up in Paris, France and later, not much however, there was a picture of Khomeini with the Reagan family Bible shown in the US press. I might have to ask Mrs. Reagan or one of the kids if it's missing! As I recall it, it was them first the Islamic revolution followed. As to the event I was watching "Ishi the last California Indian" or something part of the anthropologist A.L. Kroeber and Ursula LaGuine, his daughter's legacy. They I believe had both known Ishi, last native who never met us, whose head was clandestinely taken and returned after death.