You can't go back into the past and change events, so we concentrate on CURRENT issues, and the fact is that Iran tortures and kills it's own citizens without a fair trial on a fairly regular basis, so if you want to be on the side of fairy tales in trying to make the Iranians seem "good" then that's on your conscience, but any one with brain cells knows that is NOT the case. To call them "rational" is an outright lie.
And let's NOT forget the roles that the French and the British played in the ME either.
Oh, and as far as I'm aware, the US hasn't even had an embassy there since 1979.
Russian and China supplied then with weapons, but then so did the U.S., once upon a time. The excuse when we shot down that civilian craft (killing 290 aboard) was that we thought it was an F-14 we had sold them.
How are their (international) acts hateful? I get that you don't like how they run themselves, but does that justify screwing with them for decades?
Yes, you can whine about past events, but why don't you name ONE country that has not been involved in some "shady" business. Sorry, but it is a dog-eat-dog world out there, and of course the US has to sometimes take action to protect our own interests in the world. Since you nor I are privy to any top secret intelligence data, I don't think you can speak to what the actual level of threat in the past has been. So to you what looks like "screwing with them" could actually have a legitimate purpose.
Lol, we haven't had an embassy there since 1979. Didn't Obama "extend his hand in peace" anyway? How'd THAT work out? You cannot deal in a rational manner with a country that is run by irrational religious extremists.Well, we already know what you think of the ancient days of 30 years ago. Are you saying that's a problem we can't fix today?
There are valid historical reasons why the government hates the US, or more specifically, our government. We could ignore history and just scratch our heads wondering why the Ayatollas that are the real power in that unfortunate country hate us so much, but our understanding of the enemy would be much better if we did take an objective look at history. Moreover, were we to do that, we'd be less likely to repeat that history.
Meanwhile, the Iranian people are subjected to an authoritarian and despotic theocracy, and there really isn't much we can do about it.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?