The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
By Geoffrey Cook, MMNS
Berkeley–Your author takes his title from John LeClare; a popular British spy novel by that new title above for the subject today is a former Central Intelligence (CIA) operative, Robert Baer, who had come in from the â€œColdâ€ for the purpose of promoting his book The Devil We Know. Baer was an operative in the Middle East with an expertise with Iran shortly before the Iranian Embassy crisis had begun. His career with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.) spanned twenty-five years before he began to have second thoughts. He had come to the University of California, one of his alumna maters, campus to talk about his book, and to comment on the Obamaâ€™s Administrationâ€™s intensely controversial policy relationship with Tehran.
Early in his career he was part of the team to determine who was responsible for the Embassy take over. During this period, Lebanon was to become part of Persiaâ€™s sphere of influence. â€œIran is not so much an opponent to the States than with Israel.â€ After the 2006 War with Hezbollah, both the United States and Israelâ€™s influence was driven out of Beirutâ€™s territory. Iran, thus, has become hegemonic in the eastern reaches of the Middle East. Essentially, Iran had beaten Israel through proxy (Hezbollah). Effectively, Tel Aviv did not know what â€œhit it!â€ They were unable to comprehend their own intelligence — which they had been fundamentally at War which they lost.
Baer considers the Anti-Zionist Shia much more discipled than the Sunni. Robert Baer has a great deal of respect geopolitically for the Iranians. â€œWe need Iranâ€¦for a peaceful Middle East!â€ To come to blows with their million man army, would be suicidal. According to Bob Baer, their armed forces consume up to 2% of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Further, culturally, they are a more culturally sophisticated than us, for Islam is more flexible than the Occident.
As Iran backs Hamas, â€œAl-Qaida is an ideanot an orgâ€ as R. Baer, also, stated on the BBC today (January 5th).â€ For peace we require Iran! We have to treat them as a power, hegemonic within their region. â€œWe canâ€™t use the Bush [Utopian] Doctrine.â€ For one thing, â€œTehran is in competition with Saudi Arabia.â€ Further, â€œKhomeini isnâ€™t a true Ayatollah.â€ His support is in the army. Washington respects the Iranians as a dynamic power for a peace between us.
â€œThe greatest threat [to Persia] is demographic.â€ That is, the imbalance between the growth of the younger generations and the middle and senior age groups. We should be looking as a partner with them within the Gulf instead of being competitors. â€œIran can become troublesome.â€ Therefore, we should â€œâ€¦talk to our opponentsâ€¦or fail.â€