Best Friends in the East

Best Friends in the East

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“In the years that followed, the Shah became increasingly grandiose in his view of Iran’s geopolitical importance and its military might; in that he was encouraged by Washington, which generally offered him the latest in American military hardware.” The relationship between the United States and Iran was brought up in an attempt to gain international resources as well as alliances during a time of anxiety towards spreading communism. Foster Dulles’ role as secretary of state embodied this concept of anti-communism.