Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi was the Shah of Iran from 16 September 1941 until his overthrow by the Islamic Revolution on 11 February 1979.
As late as 28 September 1978 the US Defense Intelligence Agency reported that the Shah "is expected to remain actively in power over the next ten years." - John Pike, American Federation of Scientists.I want to rant and rave about the stupidity and incompetence of the US intelligence community, but that's kind of pointless. They are bureaucrats and they operate under the whim of our elected officials, who are veritable flags in the breeze of public opinion. Who am I kidding? Big money runs the world and governments get to squabble over whatever scraps aren't making a profit this week.
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