A Cookie Cut Coup

                           Director : Joe Ayella   

                         Director : Joe Ayella
 

AMERICAN COUP tells the story of the 1953 coup carried out by the CIA to topple the popular Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh.  Mossadegh had nationalized Iran’s oil industry to protect Iran’s chief asset. This enraged Winston Churchill who believed England should continue to control the oil reserves it had originally discovered in Iran. So Churchill asked President Harry Truman of the United States to help him out; Truman refused and thought the British should work out a deal with Mossadegh.

 Time Magazine Man of the          Year  1951

Time Magazine Man of the          Year  1951

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                 Mohammad Mossadegh

               Mohammad Mossadegh

 The Brits waited until Truman left office and approached incoming Dwight Eisenhower Administration.  John Foster Dulles, the new Secretary of State and his brother Allen Dulles, CIA director,  then persuaded President Dwight D. Eisenhower to carry out the coup. Kermit Roosevelt was the man on the ground in Iran who led the coup for the CIA that resulted in Mossadegh being tried on trumped-up charges of treason and Shah Reza Pahlavi assuming power as the strong man in Iran.

The film is a mix of rare archival footage, still photos and interviews with Middle East Experts, historians and authors. 

THIS WAS AMERICAS FIRST 'SUBVERSIVE' COUP, EVERY ONE SINCE HAS USED THIS SAME COOKIE CUT TEMPLATE

...there would be others...

1953-Irian coup d’etat                                    1954-Guatemala

1958-Lebanon                                                 1961-Cuba Bay of Pigs Invasion

1965-Operation Mongoose                            1973-Chile coup d’etat

1979-Afghanistan                                             1982-Nicaragua

1983-Grenada                                                   1989 Panama

1991-Kuwait                                                       1991-Haiti

1994-Iraq                                                             2005-Syria

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