August 19th marked the 60th anniversary of the coup.  And what better way to celebrate than having the CIA itself formally take responsibility for Operation Ajax?  I found it a bit hard to believe that it actually happened, but my inbox was full of friends sending me various links from around the web saying things like “did you see this??” The nicest part for me personally was having the app mentioned on The Rachel Maddow Show.
 


The National Security Archive has a detailed posting with links to not only the documents that we embedded in the app, but also new documents that have recently been released as well.  You can check them out here.
What worries me still is that despite all the information supporting the general view of the coup being just that – a coup – we still occasionally get major media outlets mis representing events, like Van Jones saying things like:

“If you kill Assad right now, wonderful. You have a huge power vacuum. Who is going to fill it? Listen, people have a nostalgia for 1953 when the U.S. could just sort of thump out dictators like in Iran. This is not the world we live in. It is a tough neighborhood over there, and the idea that we should have a more bloodthirsty and reckless president, I reject.”
Thump out dictators in Iran?  Oh Crossfire, where is John Stewart when you need him most?  If anyone has Van Jones address, I’ll send him a free iPad with a copy of CIA : Operation Ajax pre installed.