The Crisis Of The Iranian Hostage Crisis

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Because the Iranian hostage crisis primarily stemmed from the Iranians’ desire to prevent a counter-revolution by the Americans, President Carter had few viable options for negotiating. The Iranian students made demands they fully expected the United States to reject and would not have accepted anything else that Carter could have realistically offered them (Glad, 1989). This unwillingness to negotiate effectively removed many of the peaceful options that President Carter might have undertaken and drastically restrained his ability to effectively respond to the crisis. Despite the severity of the situation facing the American hostages, the U.S. government did not act quickly or decisively to solve the crisis. While the delayed timing of the hostage crisis did initially catch the Americans off guard, (they had admitted the shah for medical treatment almost two weeks earlier) the quick resolve the government showed in creating a Special Coordinating Committee soon diminished (Houghton, 2001). Many senior government officials imagined that the crisis would not last very long, and thus didn’t expect rapid action would prove necessary. While ultimately incorrect, American officials did have an earlier precedent to validate their belief in a swift resolution to the crisis. Earlier that year, on February 19, a similar event occurred in Iran; a group of Iranians belonging to a Marxist faction stormed the United States embassy and held hostages for a short period of time until the
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