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The Twilight War

The Secret History of America's Thirty-year Conflict With Iran
Crist, David (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Crist, David
Title: The twilight war
the secret history of America's thirty-year conflict with Iran
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2012
Characteristics: 638 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., maps ;,25 cm
Contents: "A Little King in Your Heart"
A New Grand Strategy
Barbed Wire Bob
A Den of Spies
A Fig Leaf of Neutrality
Sharon's Grand Design
A Spectacular Action
The American Hamlet
Arms for the Ayatollah
Sleepy Hollow
A Ring on the American Finger
The Wake-up Call
The Invisible Hand of God
A Window of Opportunity
The Night Stalkers
A Very Close Call
No Higher Honor
Goodbye Captain Nasty
The Terrible Climax
Goodwill Begets Goodwill
War or Peace
An Atrocity
An Axis of Evil
Defeat or Victory
The Freedom Agenda
A Quasi War
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 1594203415
9781594203411
Statement of Responsibility: David Crist
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: United States Foreign relations 1989- United States Foreign relations 1981-1989 Iran Military relations United States United States Military relations Iran Iran Foreign relations United States United States Foreign relations Iran Espionage, Iranian History Espionage, American History United States. Central Intelligence Agency
Topical Term: Espionage, Iranian
Espionage, American
LCCN: 2011050573
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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!)

Dec 07, 2012
  • blx rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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Oct 30, 2012
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 30, 2012
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 30, 2012
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 30, 2012
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 30, 2012
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Oct 30, 2012
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Oct 30, 2012
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Les's lips sink ships.

Oct 30, 2012
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

While the military brass feuded.

Oct 30, 2012
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Iranians were unlike any adversary the US had fought.

Oct 30, 2012
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The absence of evidence is not neccessarily evidence of absence.

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