1979 NSC Memo on USSR and Iran

The November 1979 NSC memo cited in this volume of FRUS (about which I blogged yesterday) explains “Soviet variables in the power equation in Iran.”

I’ll confess that I hadn’t previously heard this one:

our demonstrated weakness in the present crisis not only has adverse effects on our allies in the region but also in Europe and East Asia. If we do nothing, the credibility of our nuclear deterrent posture is thrown into question

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *