American Forum - The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower
March 30, 2009
11:00AM - 11:00AM (EDT)
ROBERT BAER has publicly acknowledged working in India, Beirut, Tajikistan, and Salah-al-Din in Kurdish northern Iraq during his 20-year career as a CIA officer. During the mid-1980s, Baer was sent to Iraq to organize opposition to Saddam Hussein, but was recalled and investigated for allegedly conspiring to assassinate the Iraqi leader. George Clooney's character in Syriana (for which he won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award) was loosely based on Baer, who, according to Seymour Hersh, "was considered perhaps the best on-the-ground field officer in the Middle East."