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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Michael Ledeen on the Potential Collapse of Iran’s Khomeinist Regime


For this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast, I had historian, Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, former Special Advisor to the Secretary of State and consultant to the National Security Council during the Reagan administration, author of 38 books and most pertinent to today, Iran expert, Michael Ledeen on the podcast to discuss among other things:

  • The impending collapse of the Khomeinist regime and what the U.S. can do to accelerate it
  • The false narrative about alternatives for Iran being either appeasement or war
  • The history of U.S. intelligence failures in Iran
  • How secular and liberal Iran’s dissidents actually are
  • Whether there is a wedge that can be exploited between Iran and Russia
  • What will become of Hezbollah if the Iranian regime collapses
  • The allegedly political witch hunt against Iran hawk and Israel supporter Larry Franklin as an illustration of historic anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the foreign policy and national security establishment
  • Ledeen’s theory that Gen. Michael Flynn — with whom Ledeen co-authored the book, The Field of Fight — falsely pled guilty, and the real reason why Gen. Flynn was targeted in the first place

You can find the episode on iTunes, everywhere else podcasts are found, download the episode directly here or read the transcript here.


Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. The Hand of the Media in the Fall of the Shah

Ayatollah Khomeini at a press conference in France (photo: Getty Images/AFP)

Ruhollah Moosavi Khomeini was the pivotal figure in the demise of the Iranian government in 1979. Yet much of the story of Khomeini, like that of Iran in general, is shrouded in a fine mixture of myth, truth, and legend.

In the course of my research into the history of Iran, I had the pleasure of combing through thousands of pages of formerly classified US, British, and Soviet intelligence files. One thing that is clear: No one truly understood Khomeini. Until the ascent of Khomeini, the KGB was fully convinced that he was a stooge of the US and British intelligence agencies, created to take over Iran and save it from communists. How else to explain the way American and European journalists openly fawned over Khomeini, despite their governments’ public support for the Shah? They noted that quite a number of the Iranian dissidents who camped out at Khomeini’s residence in France were people with US and British accents.