Re: Jimmy Carter nice guy but doofus
".....The same way our government wanted Saddam's WMD story to be told to us...." Typical Local Dupe tactic - "can't win that argument, better schwing off on a tangent I feel more comfortable with. SCHWING, SCHWING, SCHWING!
".....Actually, it could of been someone even worse and younger than Khomeini....." Tell you what, you go do some research and supply a list of alternatives, then your reasoning as to why they wouldn't descend into infighting or be scared to step forward after Khomeini was made an example of? That should keep you busy for a few weeks.
"....Mubarak after Sadat, for example....." Anwar Sadat realised what side his bread was buttered on and made peace with Israel, landing himself the US's approval and shedloads of aid. Mubarak was carefully groomed by Sadat, with US approval, as Egyptian Vice Prez. That was over a course of many years, whereas Khomeini's followers would only have a short time to produce a new leader before the moderates would have gained control.
"..... In October 1977?....." Go watch "Argo". You're much more likely to believe it on the silver screen than in history books, but it does recount (with a few added dramatics) the rediculously vulnerable position the US embassy was left in at that time, as outlined by one of the CIA operatives there (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21003432). For a start, a 26-acre compund with only 13 Marines as trustworthy guards sounds an awful lot like the recent mess in Libya.
"....the anxiously awaited Bashir al Goldilocks administration...." Nope, the administration of Mehdi Bazargan, actually. Whilst no lapdog of the West (he supported the nationalisation of the oil companies) he was not anti-West either (he studied in France and volunteered to fight with the French against Nazi Germany). He was an acceptable choice with Western governments because he was seen as educated and honest, and popular with Iranians as he was religious and trusted. But, unfortunately, Khomeini chose him to usurp Shapour Bakhtiar as prime minister because Khomeini knew that Bazargan could be browbeaten into not standing in the way of Khomenini's hidden theocratic ambitions. Bazargan resigned when he realised that Khomeini had no intention of reaching an accommodation with the West and was using the US embassy hostages to deliberately ratchet up tension with the US. He later expressed his horror at the route the Iranian government had taken in an open letter to the Iranian speaker of parliament in 1982: "The government has created an atmosphere of terror, fear, revenge and national disintegration.... What has the ruling elite done in nearly four years, besides bringing death and destruction, packing the prisons and the cemeteries in every city, creating long queues, shortages, high prices, unemployment, poverty, homeless people, repetitious slogans and a dark future?"
"....His religious beliefs prevented him from doing what had to be done....." No, his lack of ability was his failure, not his beliefs. Christianity has not stopped a lot of people doing all kinds of brutal deeds they deemed necessary. Forget the examples of the Christian presidents I gave you, go read up on Torquemada (no, not the one from "Nemesis the Warlock" comics).