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The chaos in Iraq has made the US and Iran, rivals for decades, strange bedfellows. But why are the US and Iran enemies in the first place?
Iran long been in viewed as an enemy in the public eye. It’s only a few years ago that presidential candidate John McCain sang his unfortunate “Bomb bomb Iran” song, and then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was all but saying “death to America” at public rallies.
In fact, a 2014 Pew Research poll showed that 75% of US citizens had an unfavorable attitude towards Iran.
To understand why the US and Iran are enemies requires a historical perspective, which shows a brief relationship that soured quickly.