Iran and the USA don’t have to be Enemies

A friendly relationship can better serve American interests

Iran holds 10% of the world’s proven oil reserves and 15% of its gas. It is OPEC’s second largest exporter and the world’s 7th largest oil producer.By CIA — CIA World Fact Book, Public Domain.
President Bush, with Naval Flight Officer Lieutenant Ryan Philips, after landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln prior to his Mission Accomplished speech, May 1, 2003. By White House photo by Susan Sterner — https://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2003/05/images/20030501-15_d050103-2-664v.html, Public Domain.
The US Consulate at Arg e Tabriz sits in the line of fire during the Iranian Constitutional Revolution. While the city was being attacked and bombed by 4,000 Russian troops in December 1911, Howard Baskerville took to arms, helping the people of Iran. Author: William Morgan Shuster — from Morgan Shuster’s memoirs of Persia, published and printed in 1911. Taken from Wikipedia. Public domain.
Mohammad Mosaddegh, 35th Prime Minister of Iran from 21 July 1952–19 August 1953. Photo by Unknown author. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad_Mosaddegh (public domain).
A photo of the “Desert One” landing site, a piece of desert in Iran used by U.S. forces as a refueling point in an attempt to rescue U.S. hostages in Iran. On 24 April 1980 a U.S. Navy Sikorsky RH-53D Sea Stallion (BuNo 158760, visible at right) collided with a U.S. Air Force Lockheed EC-130E Hercules (s/n 62–1809, wrecked in the foreground) during refueling after the mission was aborted. Both aircraft were destroyed, eight crewmen died. In the background is one of the five intact, but abandoned RH-53Ds. Original caption: “Wreckage at Desert One, Iran (April 1980) where eight Americans died.” By U.S. military — United States Special Operations Command History, 1987–2007http://www.socom.mil/SOCOMHome/Documents/history6thedition.pdf. From Wikipedia. (Public Domain).
Iran Air 655’s origination point, destination and approximate shootdown location (not necessarily a direct path). By User:Dual Freq — This image is a derivative work of [1] from [2], which was created by the w:Central Intelligence Agency in 1980 and hence is PD-US-Gov, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3048433

Iran’s security concerns

Iran’s security concerns are rooted in its history. In 1747 Ahmed Shah Durrani founded an independent Afghanistan, breaking away from its Persian masters. In the 19th century, the Russian Czar scooped up Dagestan, Azerbaijan and parts of Armenia from Persian control. During the Second World War, Iran was only lucky to have escaped breaking up by the world powers. Its current security concerns are by no means unfounded, as David Dunn discusses in his “‘Real men want to go to Tehran’: Bush, Pre-emption and the Iranian Nuclear Challenge” in the January 2007 issue of the “International Affairs”.

Overview of Iran’s network in the Middle East. Source: Iran’s Networks of Influence in the Middle East, a publication of International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), November 2019.

Can a war serve American interests in Iran?

America’s choice of allies is guided by its long-term interests and goals, especially those of the defense and oil industries. As it appears in the Middle East, the preference is the continuation of the conflicts rather than diffusion. Arguably, a non-hostile American relationship with Iran might actually serve this purpose better. Mega contracts for modernizing Iran’s oil and defense industries will be the much-coveted prize for winning a war against Tehran. But as this is less likely to happen in the foreseeable future, a friendly Iran may be a better option for Washington.

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