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The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower

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Over the past thirty years, while the United States has turned either a blind or dismissive eye, Iran has emerged as a nation every bit as capable of altering America’s destiny as traditional superpowers Russia and China. Indeed, one of this book’s central arguments is that, in some ways, Iran’s grip on America’s future is even tighter.

As ex–CIA operative Robert Baer masterfully shows, Iran has maneuvered itself into the elite superpower ranks by exploiting Americans’ false perceptions of what Iran is—by letting us believe it is a country run by scowling religious fanatics, too preoccupied with theocratic jostling and terrorist agendas to strengthen its political and economic foundations.

The reality is much more frightening—and yet contained in the potential catastrophe is an implicit political response that, if we’re bold enough to adopt it, could avert disaster.

Baer’s on-the-ground sleuthing and interviews with key Middle East players—everyone from an Iranian ayatollah to the king of Bahrain to the head of Israel’s internal security—paint a picture of the centuries-old Shia nation that is starkly the opposite of the one normally drawn. For example, Iran’s hate-spouting President Ahmadinejad is by no means the true spokesman for Iranian foreign policy, nor is Iran making it the highest priority to become a nuclear player.

Even so, Baer has discovered that Iran is currently engaged in a soft takeover of the Middle East, that the proxy method of war-making and co-option it perfected with Hezbollah in Lebanon is being exported throughout the region, that Iran now controls a significant portion of Iraq, that it is extending its influence over Jordan and Egypt, that the Arab Emirates and other Gulf States are being pulled into its sphere, and that it will shortly have a firm hold on the world’s oil spigot.

By mixing anecdotes with information gleaned from clandestine sources, Baer superbly demonstrates that Iran, far from being a wild-eyed rogue state, is a rational actor—one skilled in the game of nations and so effective at thwarting perceived Western colonialism that even rival Sunnis relish fighting under its banner.

For U.S. policy makers, the choices have narrowed: either cede the world’s most important energy corridors to a nation that can match us militarily with its asymmetric capabilities (which include the use of suicide bombers)—or deal with the devil we know. We might just find that in allying with Iran, we’ll have increased not just our own security but that of all Middle East nations.The alternative—to continue goading Iran into establishing hegemony over the Muslim world—is too chilling to contemplate.

Synopsis:

A former CIA operative provides a firsthand analysis of the growing power of Iran in the Middle East and its control of much of the world's energy resources, examining its use of military force and terrorism to undermine those it considers enemies, assessing the implications of Iranian rule, and offering a provocative look at what America must do to preserve its security. 100,000 first printing.

About the Author

ROBERT BAER is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: Sleeping with the Devil, about the Saudi royal family and its relationship with the United States; and See No Evil, which recounts Baer’s years as a top CIA operative. See No Evil was the basis for the acclaimed film Syriana, which earned George Clooney an Oscar for his portrayal of Baer. Baer writes regularly for Time.com and has contributed to Vanity Fair, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Middle East.

Table of Contents

The Iranian paradox — How Iran beat America — The master plan: how Iran arrived at its secret blueprint for empire — From terrorism to power politics: how Iran became a statist power — Lethal and elusive: why Iran's weapons and tactics make it unconquerable--even without nukes — Seizing the world's energy corridors: why Iran will shortly control the most vital oil and gas trade routes — Toppling the Arab sheikhdoms: how Iran plans to seize the Persian Gulf's oil — White knights: how Iran's Shia are winning the hearts of the Sunni Palestinians — Winner take all: why the Shia will prevail--and the opening it offers — Ultimate sacrifice: martyrs, suicide bombers, and the fight for the soul of Islam — Memories that don't fade: what Iran really wants.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307449788
Subtitle:
Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower
Publisher:
Crown Publishers
Author:
Baer, Robert
Author:
Robert, Baer
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Iran
Subject:
Iran Politics and government 1997-
Subject:
Persian gulf region
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
Audio Books-Politics
Subject:
Middle East-Iran/Persia
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Subject:
Political Science : International Relations - General
Subject:
Middle East-Iran and Persia
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
US History-Foreign Policy
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080930
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
279

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"Synopsis" by , A former CIA operative provides a firsthand analysis of the growing power of Iran in the Middle East and its control of much of the world's energy resources, examining its use of military force and terrorism to undermine those it considers enemies, assessing the implications of Iranian rule, and offering a provocative look at what America must do to preserve its security. 100,000 first printing.
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