I don't really want to start what you would look at as basically a conspiracy theory. You can take an entire course to learn the truth behind the mystery surrounding Iran. But in SHORT, the U.S. brought the shah here and allowed the Iranian Revolution to flame. for years, Khomeni was in exile, and while in France, he was given residence and security with the support and consent of the U.S. before they gave him the green light to return to his country and take over. Of course you can't take it literally that they gave him the green light, but basically they didn't stop him from organizing. In other words, they didn't bother to KILL HIM. I don't really know the motive, other than at that time, the Shah was becoming increasingly powerful and we just couldn't accept that. So instead we slowed their progress down but we have to deal with it now. However, now, we realized that we underestimated, just as we did with Saddam, and came to the conclusion that we can't just overthrow that government as we did before. So here comes Obama (new foreign policy) advocating a peaceful solution, which will ultimately fail because it will only be temporary and basically just slow them down again. But still, it's better than what would be a devastating war that we just can't handle AT THIS TIME, but possibly can in the future. Hard to believe ha? just keep an open mind. There's more to our mysterious foreign policy than what you learned in middle school.