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The Devil We Know by Robert B. Baer
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Mar 30, 2009

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While I found his examination and commentary enlightening, I found myself skeptical of a lot of his assumptions. I base this on the fact that, while he has a great deal of first-hand experience in the Middle East and Iran, he is not an accomplished or recognized scholar on the subject. Baer does paint a pretty complicated picture of Iranian foreign policy and modus operandi. Something tells me that it's even _MORE_ complicated than he has boiled it down in 260 pgs.

In short, his recommendation is that the US make some sort of peace with Iran. Given the alternatives, this seems like the best solution. However, until we change the way we treat Israel (like they can do no wrong), Iran is going to be difficult to work with.

Hillary's got her work cut out for her.

I gave it 3 stars b/c it was educational for me; sort-of an Intro to Iranian Political and Foreign Affairs and Western Responses. But, it's editorialized, as you would expect. I really liked his CIA book which had more of a narrative to it. He should really stick with memoirs.

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