Iran's Influence on America's Future

Robert Baer talked about his book The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower (Crown; September 30, 2008). In the book he… read more

Robert Baer talked about his book The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower (Crown; September 30, 2008). In the book he explored the gap of information between what is going on in Iran and what Americans know. Mr. Baer visited Iran to interview suicide bombers, a grand ayatollah, the chief of staff of Iran’s military forces and the terrorist chief of Hezbollah. He talked about how and why Iran will control the most vital oil and gas trade routes, how it became a hero to the Palestinian Sunnis, and how it plans to seize oil from the Persian Gulf. Mr. Baer responded to questions submitted by members of the audience.

Robert Baer was a case officer in the Directorate of Operations for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1976 to 1997. The American intelligence officer who is a central character in the film Syriana was modeled after Mr. Baer. He is also the author of Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude (Three Rivers Press; May 25, 2004); See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA’s War on Terrorism (Three Rivers Press; January 7, 2003) and Blow the House Down: A Novel (Crown; May 30, 2006).

“Iran’s Grip on America’s Future” was a program of the Commonwealth Club of California. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Iran's Influence on America's Future

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Program ID:
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Public Affairs Event
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Location:
San Francisco, California, United States
First Aired:
Nov 27, 2008
Last Aired:
Nov 29, 2008

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  • Nov 27, 2008 | 10:08am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Nov 27, 2008 | 6:54pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Nov 28, 2008 | 12:24am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Nov 29, 2008 | 3:22pm EST | C-SPAN 1
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