News & Newsworthy Items

Newsworthy Items:

  • As one of the first researchers to access Secretary Weinberger's restricted papers, Crist details the American intervention into Lebanon, and the private deals with Israel to support a fascist Christian leader as the new president. For the first time, the real truth about the bombing of the Marine barracks in 1983 is described, drawing from the accounts of the men who knew the bomber and secretly recorded conversations between the bombers and the Iranian ambassador in Syria. For the first time, the name of the man who killed 241 marines is revealed.
  • Crist describes how during the 1980s, the CIA built a massive spy network within Iran to build conduits to the Islamic regime, and, should that fail, to support a clandestine military operation to counter a Russian invasion or to overthrow the Khomeini regime. Operating from Frankfurt with German assistance, CIA officers recruited two dozen Iranian agents and trained them in sabotage so they might support elite, secret American forces in Iran. The Iranian spies communicated with their America handlers using one of the oldest methods in spy craft—invisible ink. Its discovery by Iran led to the death of more than two dozen agents, and it remains one of the biggest debacles in the history of American intelligence.
  • The Twilight War describes the 1996 bombing of Khobar towers in incredible detail, explaining Iran's role, and how Newt Gingrich and others in the U.S. government may have unwitting helped cause the attack. Crist describes for the first time ever the plans and debates within the Clinton administration over a military retaliation against Iran, as well as a CIA effort to comprise Iranian spies.
  • After the American attack on Iraq in 2003, Iran launched a clandestine counter-invasion to establish a friendly government in Baghdad. They armed deadly Shi'a militias who carried on Iran's secret war that undercut American attempts to pacify Iraq. A divided Bush administration moved slowly to respond to the deaths of hundreds of American and British soldiers at the hands of Iranian proxies. When the Pentagon finally acted, it nearly led to open war between America and Iran.
  • With unrivaled access to key officials and private documents, including meeting transcripts, Crist describes the deep divisions that plagued the Bush administration over Iran. While the vice president and hawks at the Pentagon advocated overthrowing the Iranian government, others including Colin Powell, pushed for engagement and diplomatic talks. A weak President Bush vacillated, and during the critical years after 9/11 with a growing Iranian nuclear program, paralyses and inaction plagued the White House.
  • The Twilight War takes us up to the current administration. Crist described a private meeting between Obama and Bush in which outlined the covert actions designed to buy 18 months until the new president would be forced to decide about waging war to stop Iran's nuclear program. President Obama delayed implementation of some operations while extending a hand of friendship to Iran. Based upon interviews, including with Iranian officials, Crist relates how Iran eventually rejected Obama's openings, believing he really harbored the same animosity as his predecessor. What seemed a promising change in relationships moved back to a larger stick, as the US increased pressure and surreptitiously undermined the Iranian nuclear program. Once again, the covert war heated up. Crist describes the strange defection of a key Iranian scientist, and for the first time, chronicles the details of the botched attempt (by a senior Revolutionary Guard officer in Yemen) to kill the Saudi ambassador at a popular Washington restaurant and a botched bombing in Washington.