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The US, although desirous of expanding its influence in Iran, was more interested in harnessing Greek and Turkish power to its containment policy and in developing its closer relationships with Saudi Arabia and Israel. US policymakers consequently deferred primary responsibility for Iran to Britain and accepted that the achievement of their objectives there was closely associated with British fortunes. Indeed, it is very interesting in the light of events to come that in 1947 the then US Ambassador to Iran, George V.

Truman's creation in 1947 of the National Security Council (NSC) and the CIA improved the decision-making process only slowly. The merger in 1949 of the Army and Navy into the Department of Defense had mixed effect, especially given continuous departmental infighting. And cooperation between State and Defense Departments plummeted as Acheson and Louis Johnson, Forrestal's successor as Secretary of Defense, fought a bitter personal and departmental power struggle. American positions on Germany, trusteeship for European colonies, hemispheric defence and relations with the Soviet Union were all delayed owing to bureaucratic shortcomings.

The US, although desirous of expanding its influence in Iran, was more interested in harnessing Greek and Turkish power to its containment policy and in developing its closer relationships with Saudi Arabia and Israel. US policymakers consequently deferred primary responsibility for Iran to Britain and accepted that the achievement of their objectives there was closely associated with British fortunes. Indeed, it is very interesting in the light of events to come that in 1947 the then US Ambassador to Iran, George V.

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