By Robert Baer
Over the last thirty years, whereas the us has became both a blind or dismissive eye, Iran has emerged as a kingdom every piece as in a position to changing America’s future as conventional superpowers Russia and China. certainly, one among 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 exhibits, Iran has maneuvered itself into the elite superpower ranks by way of exploiting american citizens’ 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 bolster its political and fiscal foundations.
The fact 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 possibly keep away from 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 top of Israel’s inner security—paint an image of the centuries-old Shia kingdom that's starkly the other of the only quite often drawn. for instance, Iran’s hate-spouting President Ahmadinejad is certainly not 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 through the quarter, 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 almost immediately have a company carry at the world’s oil spigot.
By blending anecdotes with info gleaned from clandestine assets, Baer beautifully demonstrates that Iran, faraway from being a wild-eyed rogue kingdom, is a rational actor—one expert within the video game of countries and so powerful at thwarting perceived Western colonialism that even rival Sunnis savour scuffling with lower than its banner.
For U.S. coverage makers, the alternatives have narrowed: both cede the world’s most vital power corridors to a kingdom that could fit us militarily with its uneven features (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 center East nations.The alternative—to proceed goading Iran into constructing hegemony over the Muslim world—is too chilling to contemplate.
From the Hardcover edition.