The Devil We Know - Dealing With the New Iranian Superpower-logo

The Devil We Know - Dealing With the New Iranian Superpower

Robert Baer

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 an

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 an
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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 an

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ted Barker

Length:

9h 51m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:52


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:51


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:28


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:48


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:59


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:36


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:49


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:48


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:14


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:02


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:48


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:17


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:13


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:36


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:49


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:01


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:05


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:49


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:09


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:17


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:46


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:12


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:10


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:39


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:50


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:34


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:37


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:42


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:48


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:52


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:53


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:43


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:21


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:48


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:34


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:10


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:05


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:41


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:44


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:40


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:36


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:34


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:13


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:10


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:02


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

02:55


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:24


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:42


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:19


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:18


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:43


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:41


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:31


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:56


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:02


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:02


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:34


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:35


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:26


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:48


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:38


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:59


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:28


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:21


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:39


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:32


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:13


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:10


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:20


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:43


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:54


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:59


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:04


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:46


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:03


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:42


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:40


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:16


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:31


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:28


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:42


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:12


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:19


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:41


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:00


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:06


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:36


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:59


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:07


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:31


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:39


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:00


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:49


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:32


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:13


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:08


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:41


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:29


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:34


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:41


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:36


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:48


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:56


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:08


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:10


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:22


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:40


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:16


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:54


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:39


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:41


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:46


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:41


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:04


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:40


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:00


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

02:58


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:10


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:02


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:56


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:24


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:16


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:22


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:03


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:48


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

00:35