Erfan Fard

Regime Change in Iran: U.S. Security Priority

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Iranian rally in Los Angeles; ( Elham Sataki, Photo) / Free for all platforms

The call for regime change in Iran transcends mere policy debate, embodying a critical imperative for the United States’ national interests. At the heart of this discourse is a stark realization: the Iranian populace’s disillusionment with U.S. rhetoric on human rights and democracy, perceived as mere lip service in contrast to the pressing realities of strategic national interests. This disillusionment not only critiques the superficiality of international diplomacy but also highlights a pragmatic pathway for the U.S.: recognizing that regime change could revert U.S.-Iran relations to a more collaborative pre-1979 state, thus serving America’s broader geopolitical and security objectives.

The quest for regime change in Iran emerges not just as a diplomatic preference but as an imperative rooted in the best national interests of the United States. The Iranian populace, after enduring 45 years of political charades, has grown skeptical of U.S. declarations on defending human rights and democracy within their borders, viewing such proclamations as hollow. This skepticism underscores a profound disillusionment, suggesting that genuine concern for human rights is overshadowed by strategic national interests. Yet, it’s precisely these interests that necessitate a wake-up call in Washington: regime change in Iran aligns with U.S. favor, potentially resetting relations to a pre-1979 era of cooperation.

Elaborating on this premise, we should navigate through Iran’s historical trajectory since the 1979 Islamic Marxist revolt, illustrating how its dogged pursuit of regional dominance and ideological exportation has systematically undermined both regional peace and global stability. The persistent expansion of Iran’s influence across pivotal Middle Eastern territories underlines a grim narrative of misery and destabilization, fueled by an ideology that preys on crisis and poverty.

Since its establishment in February 1979, the Islamic Republic of Iran has persistently and increasingly menaced U.S. interests globally. With each passing year, the regime’s threat magnifies, spreading its influence across the Middle East in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, and Gaza. The mullahs’ regime thrives in environments marred by poverty, misery, and crisis, leveraging these conditions to expand its fundamentalist ideology.

As the discourse unfolds, the critical failures of U.S. foreign policy emerge starkly against the backdrop of escalating threats. This critiques successive administrations for their naivety and inaction, drawing a poignant analogy with General Patton’s strategic insights during World War II—emphasizing the necessity of understanding one’s adversary, a lesson seemingly unheeded by U.S. policymakers in dealing with Iran.

The United States’ foreign policy towards Iran stands as one of its gravest misjudgments over the past half-century, primarily due to a failure to recognize and confront the burgeoning threat of Islamic Fundamentalism. Each year, the challenge of containing this threat intensifies, outpacing previous efforts. Historical naiveté has led successive U.S. administrations to harbor hopes for the regime’s self-moderation, a hope repeatedly dashed by contrary evidence. This underestimation mirrors General Patton‘s strategic advantage in World War II: he triumphed over the Desert Fox by understanding his opponent—a lesson U.S. policymakers have neglected since 1979, failing to grasp the mullahs’ mindset.

Iran’s influence extends far beyond the Middle East, threatening global shipping routes through its proxies in Yemen, sustaining the Assad regime in Syria, and undermining the prospects of democracy and peace in the region. The regime’s actions have inflated global oil prices, burdening the world economy. Moreover, Iran’s support for Russia in Ukraine, interference in Venezuela, and expansion into impoverished African regions signal a broader agenda of chaos and instability.

The Islamic Republic’s ambitions don’t stop at terrestrial expansion; their growing military satellite program and ballistic missile developments promise future surprises for the West. Iran’s longstanding support for global terrorism exacerbates security and economic challenges worldwide. The looming prospect of Iran developing a nuclear weapon amplifies these threats, positioning the regime as a more formidable adversary than North Korea due to its ideologically driven motivations.

The United States’ inertia and naivety in the face of Iran’s escalating threat is baffling, especially given its prominence as the foremost challenge to U.S. national interests post-communism. The question remains: What is the U.S. waiting for? The solution, though stark, is deemed necessary—eliminating the regime’s leadership could dissolve many global tensions.

While the cause of democracy and human rights in Iran is vital, U.S. actions, or lack thereof, have demonstrated a prioritization of national interests over these universal values. The imperative for regime change, therefore, is not solely a moral crusade but a strategic necessity for the United States.

Concluding, the piece articulates a pressing call to action, urging the United States to transcend its historical hesitance and confront the Iranian threat head-on. It posits regime change not as an ideological victory but as a strategic imperative, essential for dismantling the network of global tensions Iran’s policies perpetuate. This approach, while stark, is presented as a necessary recalibration of U.S. foreign policy priorities, shifting from a passive stance to proactive engagement to secure a more stable and peaceful world order.

Iranian rally in Los Angeles / Photo by Elham Sataki, Free for all platforms.
About the Author
Erfan Fard is a counter-terrorism analyst and Middle East Studies researcher based in Washington, DC. He is in Middle Eastern regional security affairs with a particular focus on Iran, Counter terrorism, IRGC, MOIS and Ethnic conflicts in MENA. \He graduated in International Security Studies (London M. University, UK), and in International Relations (CSU-LA), and is fluent in Persian, Kurdish, Arabic and English. Follow him in this twitter account @EQFARD
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