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Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran Hardcover – January 8, 2013
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It offers an unorthodox analysis of Iran and is a scathing criticism of the US's foreign policy. The authors argue that the US is simply on the wrong trajectory leading to very unpleasant outcomes. The Grand Strategy of the Obama's administration (like the admins before him) has been to effectively a "regime change" in Iran. It has been endorsed and pursued semi-silently, not openly. The strategy is to topple the Iranian regime "by other means" and replace it with a puppet regime made of the Iranian émigrés, cranks, Saudi-backed militant lunatics and double-agents. This unpleasant compote we can observe today in Syria. The strategy is extremely ill-advised. The "other means" are: 1] a run on the Iranian currency 2] sanctions and embargoes against Iran 3] cyber-weapons and "worms" targeting Iran's nuclear facilities 4] targeted assassinations of top Iranian nuclear scientists. 5] sanctions against Russia, its banks and firms doing business with Iran.
This strategy may prove successful. But the collateral damage will be very unpleasant for the US. Apart of putting the world of international relations in flames, one of the victims will be the relations with Russia -- my former country -- which has been already much frayed because of the conflict in Syria and the US's support of the anti-Putin opposition last year.Read more ›
It is actually refreshing for a change to see two real experts who are prepared to tell Americans some unpleasant truths about US foreign policy; and more importantly the truth about Iran. It provides a realistic portrayal of the positions of both the U.S and Iran, and shows how much can change if the U.S would adopt a more positive, non-confrontational stance towards this great power.
Liberals, conservatives and centrists in the U.S. media hysterically attacked Going to Tehran as soon as it came out. The Wall Street Journal derided the Leveretts as “Washington’s most outspoken defenders of the mullahs,” in a particularly nasty hit-piece called “I Heart Khomenei.” Laura Secor of the New York Times called the book “one-sided” and a “mirror image” of the anti-Iran propaganda churned out by the U.S. government. Foreign Affairs claims they “overargue” their case for ending U.S. hostilities. The Weekly Standard accused them of “paranoid dogmatism,” and The New Republic called the book “an act of ventriloquism,” presumably with the Iranian government as the puppet master.
When I see a book receive universal condemnation from the corporate-owned media, I take it as a sign that I need to read it. And ultimately every anti-war activist in the U.S. owes it to the people of Iran to check out this well-researched, persuasive and highly readable case against war with Iran. After all, we live in a country where Argo, a ludicrous xenophobic hit-piece on the Iranian Revolution, wins the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 2012 Oscars. As the Leveretts show in their book, the U.S.Read more ›
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Great historical reference. Should be a required read. Couldn't put it down..Published 9 hours ago by james ploski
A unique view from State Department/National Security Counsel/CIA insiders that should help rationalize the dialog about Iran. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Richard A. Hogaboom
Surprised with such a deep knowledge of the case.
A must read unravelling Middle East policy and American misadventure post cold war. The other side is aptly unfolded presenting a picture in dramatic contrast to prevailing... Read morePublished 13 months ago by John C. Walsh
I'll admit, while I don't always agree with Professor Leverett's views, they are well presented and argued here. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Seth Kandl
A new look on outdated American Policy...but the truth stops there.
American policy, a tale as old as time, which happens not to work. Read more
A FANTASTIC book for anyone. Leverett describes the inner working/desires of the Islamic Republic of Iran better than most American (or Iranian) pundits will ever do!!! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Farhad