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5.0 out of 5 stars Going to Tehran
Going to TehranI would certainly recommend this book to any student of American studies, foreign policy, Middle East studies, security studies and the like. The Leveretts offer a surprisingly balanced account of the relations between the US and Iran and one that can be taken seriously; sadly such works are far and few between. Their pragmatic approach in considering...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Is this book telling the truth about US-Iran relations??
Flynt Leverette and his wife Hillary spend half of their working time in Iran as CIA advisers to the Iranian government! The Islamic government of Iran came to power because the WEST and in particular the US decided so! The main reason was that the King was dying of cancer and someone else should have taken over Iran for the WEST! So they chose Islam, and it worked well,...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Going to Tehran, 20 May 2013
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Going to TehranI would certainly recommend this book to any student of American studies, foreign policy, Middle East studies, security studies and the like. The Leveretts offer a surprisingly balanced account of the relations between the US and Iran and one that can be taken seriously; sadly such works are far and few between. Their pragmatic approach in considering Iran-US relations acknowledges the strategic importance of Iran as a regional power. The authors offer a rare insight into the political and social context of Iran's Islamic Republic which so many other writers have portrayed within the usual constrains of orientalist exoticism and the clash of civilisations hysteria. Without doubt the moderate Islamic Republic of Iran has remained politically and economically stable and a state with whom the US could cooperate in achieving better results across the region than the current blood bath.

The Leveretts have successfully highlighted this fact; a fact which is now well supported by the current context of an enflamed and embattled Arab and Muslim world. The US has been foolhardy in relying on the cooperation of the Arab Amirate backers of extremism to the detriment of all at home and in the Middle East. Throughout the decades of the folly of US foreign policy in the region, Iran has maintained security within its own borders: nothing short of an impressive accomplishment.

Anyone interested in getting a firm grip on Iran-US relations should definitely read this book. As others have noted one does not have to agree with everything it contains nonetheless it is by far the most outstanding, unbiased, unemotional book based on sound information and analysis currently on the market.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent survey of US policy towards Iran, 19 Sep 2013
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Flynt Leverett served at the USA's National Security Council, the State Department and the CIA. Hillary Mann Leverett served at the National Security Council and the State Department. They have written a deeply-researched book urging the USA to use diplomacy not aggression towards Iran. They note, "To let grievances (imagined or real) and hegemonic pretension prevent the United States from doing what its interests manifestly require is the truly anti-American position."

They expose three myths - that the Islamic Republic of Iran is irrational, that it is illegitimate, and that it is isolated. They warn, "the United States and Iran have become the leading antagonists in a struggle over American primacy, a new Cold War in which America's approach to Iran has grown ever less receptive to serious, strategically grounded engagement and ever more oriented toward coercive options that, despite the sterile vocabulary of `containment', nuclear `prevention', and `regime change', ultimately mean war." They remark, "America's determination to keep Iran in a subordinate position has become the biggest single risk to the secure and adequate flow of oil and gas exports from the Persian Gulf, calling into question its claims to be the provider of global energy security."
US hostility is indeed the problem. As the authors point out, President Carter's National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski told Saddam Hussein in 1980 that the US government would not object to `an Iraq move against Iran'. US companies were allowed to sell chemical weapons to Iraq, which it used against Iranian civilians and soldiers from 1982 onwards, gassing more than 100,000 and killing more than 10,000. Then for six years the US government blocked the United Nations Security Council from condemning their use.
The Leveretts note of Iran, "In contrast to other Middle Eastern powers, it has never attacked another state or even threatened to attack one." And, "there has never been an Iranian suicide bomber."

In 2007 the US National Intelligence Estimate concluded that Iran had stopped purely weapons-related aspects of its nuclear activities in 2003. Even George W. Bush said he couldn't order strikes when Iran was not pursuing a nuclear weapons programme.

The most comprehensive assessment of Iran's missile programmes, published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies in 2010, concluded, "there is no evidence in the public domain that Iran has developed or tested a chemical or biological warhead for its ballistic missiles." As the Leveretts state, "no western agency has come remotely close to producing hard evidence that Iran is trying to fabricate nuclear weapons."

Former CIA Director Robert Gates said in 2011, "any future Defense Secretary who advises the President to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should have his head examined." The Leveretts sum up, "an American military confrontation with the Islamic Republic would almost certainly prove even more damaging to the United States than its Iraq misadventure has been."

The US policy package of diplomatic isolation, sanctions and support for regime change didn't work with China, and it won't work with Iran.

As the authors point out, "In Syria, as in Afghanistan, Iran's contribution is crucial to any effort at attaining a political settlement based on negotiated power sharing. The Assad government and its constituencies are vital participants in forging a more representative and stable political order in Syria - and that means Iran's involvement is vital, too."

In 1981 the US government signed the Algiers Accords: "The United States pledges that it is and from now on will be the policy of the United States not to intervene, directly or indirectly, politically or militarily, in Iran's internal affairs." This is the right policy for Britain too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good but rather uncritical counterbalance of negative Western propaganda about Iran, 23 Mar 2014
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This book dispels many of the myths perpetrated in the West about Iran, without paying enough attention to the way that the West has treated Iran during the past two hundred years. The reality in Iran is completely at variance with the propaganda by the neocons and the supporters of Israel. However, the book is not sufficiently critical of the negative aspects of the clerical regime in Iran, especially its terrible human rights record.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Is this book telling the truth about US-Iran relations??, 6 Aug 2014
Flynt Leverette and his wife Hillary spend half of their working time in Iran as CIA advisers to the Iranian government! The Islamic government of Iran came to power because the WEST and in particular the US decided so! The main reason was that the King was dying of cancer and someone else should have taken over Iran for the WEST! So they chose Islam, and it worked well, so, regime changes by the WEST in Muslim countries followed and are following as I write this, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria!
Mr Leverette should argue first that there is a conflict between the government of Iran and the US and then ask the Americans to "accept" and "respect" the government of Iran or their position! If there is no real conflict and it is all man made to pull the wool on the Iranian people's eyes so that they don't realise who really is ruling them and what the CIA husband and wife Leverette- Man are doing in Iran, why writing or reading such a book at all??? Greed for more money on the side or spreading CIA disinformation???
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