By Robert Baer
During the last thirty years, whereas the USA has grew to become both a blind or dismissive eye, Iran has emerged as a kingdom each piece as able to changing America’s future as conventional superpowers Russia and China. certainly, considered one of this book’s valuable arguments is that, in many ways, Iran’s grip on America’s destiny is even tighter.
As ex–CIA operative Robert Baer masterfully indicates, Iran has maneuvered itself into the elite superpower ranks via exploiting americans’ fake perceptions of what Iran is—by letting us think it's a nation run by means of scowling spiritual fans, too preoccupied with theocratic jostling and terrorist agendas to reinforce its political and financial foundations.
The truth is way extra frightening—and but inside the power disaster is an implicit political reaction that, if we’re daring adequate to undertake it, may possibly dodge disaster.
Baer’s on-the-ground sleuthing and interviews with key center East players—everyone from an Iranian ayatollah to the king of Bahrain to the pinnacle of Israel’s inner security—paint an image of the centuries-old Shia country that's starkly the other of the single quite often drawn. for instance, Iran’s hate-spouting President Ahmadinejad is certainly not the genuine spokesman for Iranian international coverage, neither is Iran making it the top precedence to turn into a nuclear participant.
Even so, Baer has found that Iran is at present engaged in a tender takeover of the center East, that the proxy approach to war-making and co-option it perfected with Hezbollah in Lebanon is being exported through the area, that Iran now controls a good portion of Iraq, that it's extending its impact over Jordan and Egypt, that the Arab Emirates and different Gulf States are being pulled into its sphere, and that it'll presently have a company carry at the world’s oil spigot.
By blending anecdotes with details gleaned from clandestine assets, Baer beautifully demonstrates that Iran, faraway from being a wild-eyed rogue country, is a rational actor—one expert within the video game of countries and so powerful at thwarting perceived Western colonialism that even rival Sunnis savor struggling with below its banner.
For U.S. coverage makers, the alternatives have narrowed: both cede the world’s most crucial power corridors to a state which can fit us militarily with its uneven functions (which contain using suicide bombers)—or care for the satan we all know. we would simply locate that during allying with Iran, we’ll have elevated not only our personal safeguard yet that of all heart East nations.The alternative—to proceed goading Iran into constructing hegemony over the Muslim world—is too chilling to contemplate.
From the Hardcover edition.