Almost Bartered

Gholam R. Afkhami

in The Life and Times of the Shah

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780520253285
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942165 | DOI:
Almost Bartered

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After Khomeini had decreed that those who had worked with the shah were ipso facto guilty, the shah and his family went from place to place and were treated as hostages. The shah probably never knew how close he had come to being kept in Panama. A war had begun between the White House and the State Department over the shah's destination. President Carter was dead set against the shah going to Egypt; Secretary Vance and his people were dead set against his going to the United States; General Torrijos was eager to carve his name in history by keeping the shah in his power. On 22 March 1980, Lloyd Cutler and Hamilton Jordan called the president to inform him that the shah seemed determined to leave Panama. The collective decision for the shah to stay in Egypt frustrated Carter.

Keywords: United States; Khomeini regime; Iran; shah; White House; Egypt; Panama; General Torrijos

Chapter.  11653 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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