By Robert Baer
Over the last thirty years, whereas the us has grew to become both a blind or dismissive eye, Iran has emerged as a state each piece as able to changing America’s future as conventional superpowers Russia and China. certainly, considered one of this book’s important 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 by means of exploiting americans’ fake perceptions of what Iran is—by letting us think it's a nation run through scowling non secular fans, too preoccupied with theocratic jostling and terrorist agendas to bolster its political and monetary foundations.
The truth is way extra frightening—and but inside the capability disaster is an implicit political reaction that, if we’re daring sufficient to undertake it, may well 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 kingdom that's starkly the other of the single in most cases drawn. for instance, Iran’s hate-spouting President Ahmadinejad is not at all the real spokesman for Iranian international coverage, neither is Iran making it the top precedence to develop into a nuclear participant.
Even so, Baer has came upon that Iran is at present engaged in a smooth 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 zone, that Iran now controls a good portion of Iraq, that it truly 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 info gleaned from clandestine assets, Baer fantastically demonstrates that Iran, faraway from being a wild-eyed rogue nation, is a rational actor—one expert within the video game of countries and so potent at thwarting perceived Western colonialism that even rival Sunnis enjoy struggling with lower than its banner.
For U.S. coverage makers, the alternatives have narrowed: both cede the world’s most crucial power corridors to a state that may fit us militarily with its uneven services (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 safety yet that of all heart East nations.The alternative—to proceed goading Iran into developing hegemony over the Muslim world—is too chilling to contemplate.
From the Hardcover edition.