Time to help Iranian people change their regime

Forty years ago, Iranian regime operatives masquerading as students seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran. In recent days, Iranian regime operatives masquerading as Iraqi militiamen hoped to do the same to the one in Baghdad, our largest anywhere in the world.

President Trump sensibly responded to the present danger  to our personnel and facility by authorizing the embassy’s Marines to disperse the so-called “protestors” and by promptly dispatching reinforcements. The militiamen withdrew, at least temporarily, on New Year’s Day.

The episode serves as a reminder, however, that the ayatollahs who have been our self-declared enemies for four decades are a threat to us, as well as a tyrannical menace to their own people. Rather than remain on defense against further Iranian attacks, the United States should actively delegitimate the mullahocracy and help the long-suffering Iranian population bring about its downfall, at last.  

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.