“He [Eisenhower] felt that it [accepting the legitimacy of Iran’s overwhelmingly popular elected government in 1953]…might have grave effects on United States oil concessions in other parts of the world.” (Minutes of March 11, 1953 White House Meeting of the National Security Council)
Having already authorized Operation Ajax, “President Eisenhower did not wish to hear details of covert operations, so did not attend [further] meetings” about its implementation. (All the Shah’s Men, p. 164)
A brave hero of democracy and freedom and chain-of-responsibility, indeed.
P.S. Any American who runs his or her mouth about the Middle East without first obtaining serious knowledge of Operation Ajax is a hypocrite, a fool, and simply unqualified to make any sound on the topic.