By Robert Baer
Over the last thirty years, whereas the USA has grew to become both a blind or dismissive eye, Iran has emerged as a state every piece as in a position to changing America’s future as conventional superpowers Russia and China. certainly, certainly one of this book’s vital 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 through scowling non secular enthusiasts, too preoccupied with theocratic jostling and terrorist agendas to bolster its political and fiscal foundations.
The truth is far extra frightening—and but inside the capability disaster is an implicit political reaction that, if we’re daring adequate to undertake it, may possibly ward off 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 state that's starkly the other of the single usually drawn. for instance, Iran’s hate-spouting President Ahmadinejad is on no account the real spokesman for Iranian overseas coverage, neither is Iran making it the top precedence to turn into a nuclear participant.
Even so, Baer has came upon that Iran is at the moment engaged in a gentle takeover of the center East, that the proxy approach to war-making and co-option it perfected with Hezbollah in Lebanon is being exported during the sector, that Iran now controls a good portion of Iraq, that it really is extending its impression over Jordan and Egypt, that the Arab Emirates and different Gulf States are being pulled into its sphere, and that it'll almost immediately have an organization 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 online game of countries and so powerful at thwarting perceived Western colonialism that even rival Sunnis get pleasure from scuffling with less than its banner.
For U.S. coverage makers, the alternatives have narrowed: both cede the world’s most vital power corridors to a country which could fit us militarily with its uneven services (which contain using suicide bombers)—or take care of the satan we all know. we would simply locate that during allying with Iran, we’ll have elevated not only our personal defense yet that of all center East nations.The alternative—to proceed goading Iran into developing hegemony over the Muslim world—is too chilling to contemplate.
From the Hardcover edition.