The Twilight War

The Twilight War

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

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The dramatic secret history of our undeclared thirty-year conflict with Iran, revealing newsbreaking episodes of covert and deadly operations that brought the two nations to the brink of open warFor three decades, the United States and Iran have engaged in a secret war. It is a conflict that has never been acknowledged and a story that has never been told.This surreptitious war began with the Iranian revolution and simmers today inside Iraq and in the Persian Gulf. Fights rage in the shadows, between the CIA and its network of spies and Iran's intelligence agency. Battles are fought at sea with Iranians in small speedboats attacking Western oil tankers. This conflict has frustrated five American presidents, divided administrations, and repeatedly threatened to bring the two nations into open warfare. It is a story of shocking miscalculations, bitter debates, hidden casualties, boldness, and betrayal.A senior historian for the federal government with unparalleled access to senior officials and key documents of several U.S. administrations, Crist has spent more than ten years researching and writing The Twilight War, and he breaks new ground on virtually every page. Crist describes the series of secret negotiations between Iran and the United States after 9/11, culminating in Iran's proposal for a grand bargain for peace-which the Bush administration turned down. He documents the clandestine counterattack Iran launched after America's 2003 invasion of Iraq, in which thousands of soldiers disguised as reporters, tourists, pilgrims, and aid workers toiled to change the government in Baghdad and undercut American attempts to pacify the Iraqi insurgency. And he reveals in vivid detail for the first time a number of important stories of military and intelligence operations by both sides, both successes and failures, and their typically unexpected consequences.Much has changed in the world since 1979, but Iran and America remain each other's biggest national security nightmares. "The Iran problem" is a razor-sharp briar patch that has claimed its sixth presidential victim in Barack Obama and his administration. The Twilight War adds vital new depth to our understanding of this acute dilemma it is also a thrillingly engrossing read, animated by a healthy irony about human failings in the fog of not-quite war.
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9781101572344
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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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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