A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.
IMO, even as it is an unpopular thought, I believe the U.S. made a strategic error in not backing the Shah early on when the radical revolution was in its infancy and could readily have been quashed. U.S. hesitation and later withdrawal of support for the Shah, drained Iran's military of the appetite to suppress the uprising, leading to its spread to a scale that subsequently brought down Iran's government. Today, Iran is not democratic, though the people can elect some officials, even as power resides with the unelected Clerics. Furthermore, Iran is playing an active role in destabilizing parts of the Middle East (via Hezbollah, its support for the Houthi rebellion in Yemen, etc.) and seeking regional hegemony.
Exclusive: Saudi Arabia building up military near Yemen border - U.S. officials | Reuters
IMO, Saudi Arabia made an enormous contribution to regional stability when it played a leading role with the Gulf Cooperation Council in turning aside a rising Shia revolution in Bahrain in 2011. Had that uprising unfolded and swept away Bahrain's government, Iran would almost certainly have a satellite in a critical area by which it would have much greater ability to choke off Persian Gulf shipping and the U.S. would also have lost a strategic naval base.
On a separate note, I am somewhat disturbed about the lack of U.S. support for Yemen's embattled President who supported U.S. counterterrorism efforts in his country at great risk. This lack of support for allies again raises questions about the credibility of U.S. commitments and, if U.S. commitments are seen as less than credible, such an outcome will have adverse implications for U.S. interests.
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