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The first large scale regime change operation carried out by the CIA, in Iran

In 1953 the leader of the USSR, Joseph Stalin died. Shortly after, on April 16, US president Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his "cross of iron" speech, which warned against militarisation and the highlighted the wastefulness of military spending. On July 22, Eisenhower approved the CIA's bloody overthrow of Mohammad Mosaddegh, the democratically elected leader of Iran.[1]

Iran/1953 coup d'état

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Wall Street successfully used the CIA to remove the elected leader of Iran in a bloody coup that was staged to protect the oil profits of the Seven Sisters.

Zapata Oil

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George H. W. Bush set up Zapata Oil, an oil exploration business which never achieved much profitability in the usual financial sense, but which appears to have been used an effective front company for a variety of covert operations, including spying and money laundering. Bush was never prosecuted for its illegal operations.[2] Its records with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission were "lost" shortly after Bush became Vice President of the United States.



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A Quotation


  1. Document:The State, the Deep State, and the Wall Street Overworld‎
  2. Jonathan Kwitny, "The Mexican Connection: A look at an old George Bush business venture", Barron's September 19, 1988. Cited with further discussion by Russ Baker, Family of Secrets (New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2009) pp. 37 and 505.