All About Oil
In 1977, the Shah of Iran had dinner at the White House. Part of the press release:
The President emphasized the very great importance to the international community of maintaining world oil price stability, and expressed his strong hope that there would be no oil price increase over the coming year. He expressed his pleasure at His Imperial Majesty's understanding of this issue.
The President also expressed his appreciation for the strong support we have received from Iran on nuclear nonproliferation matters.
It's almost beautiful, isn't it? Back tyrants in return for oil price stability, as long as they don't want nukes. And this is the ineffectual, but allegedly moral, Carter administration.