The CIA Insider's Guide to the Iran Crisis: From CIA Coup to the Brink of War

October 31, 2020
The CIA Insider's Guide to the Iran Crisis: From CIA Coup to the Brink of War

Why did the CIA overthrow Iran's democratically electedgovernment? And why has the United States treated Iran as one ofits biggest enemies for four decades? Is the Trump administration’s“Maximum Pressure” campaign working, or will it precipitate a warwith Iran?In The CIA Insider's Guide to Iran: from CIA Coup to the Brinkof War, former CIA Officer John C. Kiriakou and investigativejournalist and historian Gareth Porter explain how and why theUnited States and Iran have been either at war or threatening sucha war for most of the forty years since Islamic Republic of Iranwas established. The authors delve below the surface explanationsfor the forty-year history of extreme U.S. hostility toward Iran toblow up one official U.S. narrative after another about Iran andU.S. policy.Against the background of Iran’s encounters with heavy-handedBritish and Russian imperialist control over its resources, thisbook shows how the U.S. began its encounter with Iran by clearlysiding with British imperialism against Iranian aspirations forcontrol over its oil in its 1953 overthrow of the Mossadeghgovernment, then proceeded to actively support the Saddam Husseinregime’s horrific chemical war against Iran.The book shows how a parade of politically-motivated falsenarratives have taken U.S. Iran policy progressively farther fromreality for three decades and have now brought the United States tothe brink of war with Iran. It explains how Donald Trump’s trashingof the nuclear deal with Iran and seeking to cut off Iran’s oilexports creates a very high risk of such a war, demanding majorpublic debate about changing course.The CIA Insider's Guide to the Iran Crisis also includesappendices with key official documents on U.S. policy toward Iran,with particular emphasis on the major official statements of theTrump administration’s “Maximum Pressure” strategy.