The Twilight War

The Twilight War

The Secret History of America's Thirty-year Conflict With Iran

Book - 2012
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Reveals the covert operations that have brought the United States and Iran to the brink of open war, including Iran's proposal for peace after 9/11, which was rejected by President Bush, and Iran's secret army in post-U.S. invasion Iraq.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2012
Description: 638 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781594203411
1594203415
Branch Call Number: 327.73055 Cri

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SEBoiko
Oct 30, 2012

The terrorist attacks now presented the opportunity to remake the Middle East based upon American values of the rights of individuals and not the whim of oligarchy.

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SEBoiko
Oct 30, 2012

I learned the important lesson that you need to check your intellectual baggage at the door, when you arrive in someone else's complex society and Iran is an incredibly complex country.

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SEBoiko
Oct 30, 2012

The fact that virtually every rationale made by the United States for the war, especially Saddam's weapons of mass destruction program, turned out to be wrong did not faze those who advocated the conflict. In the pursuit of this myopic policy, the Bush Administration had thrown away diplomatic openings made by Iran.

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SEBoiko
Oct 30, 2012

Iran's rhetoric in response to US action against Iraq will be harsh. However, Iran will quietly view the removal of Saddam's regime as an opportunity to influence post-Saddam Iraq. Iran could actually increase in strength and influence with the removal of their chief rival.

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SEBoiko
Oct 30, 2012

The United States lacked a stratagic plan for the Middle East.

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SEBoiko
Oct 30, 2012

Conspiracy theories abound in the Middle East in part because there frequently are so many conspiraces.

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SEBoiko
Oct 30, 2012

Les's lips sink ships.

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SEBoiko
Oct 30, 2012

While the military brass feuded.

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SEBoiko
Oct 30, 2012

The Iranians were unlike any adversary the US had fought.

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SEBoiko
Oct 30, 2012

The absence of evidence is not neccessarily evidence of absence.

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StarGladiator
Jan 15, 2014

This book should be titled, "Reframing History the David Crist Way" - - does not compute! Seriously, this Crist fellow doesn't understand everything that transpired older than 30 years ago? The overthrow of the Mossedegh democracy by a CIA-led team (team leader Kermit Roosevelt, would later be VP at Mellon-owned Gulf Oil, while team member and cousin to Kermit, Archibald Roosevelt, would later be VP at David Rockefeller's Chase Bank) in the early 1950s, the destabilization of a secular government of Afghanistan, six months prior to the Soviet invasion (actions taken from a Carter presidential directive, with the help of Saudi Arabia relocating Islamic extremist Wahabi radicals to the boarder between Afghanistan and Iran). (Afghanistani women actually worked prior to 1978. Really, look it up!)

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blx
Dec 07, 2012

Great, timely book. So much detail that has been forgotten about or was never in the public view. Highly recommended.

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