The CIA’s Secret Arabists


I’ll admit that when I first glanced at this photo on the front of a new book entitled “America’s Great Game” I thought for sure that it was out of a Three Stooges Short film, perhaps Malice in the Palace, circa 1949.

AGGTurns out this is no laughing matter.  The book is America’s Great Game, subtitled: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East.  It’s a fascinating read, starring Kermit Roosevelt Jr., the grandson of President Teddy “Rough Rider” Roosevelt.  In 1953, Junior – aka “Kim” – entered Iran under a false name to carry out a CIA covert operation that toppled Iranian prime minister Mohammed Mosaddeq.  This piece of history is a story steeped in oil interests and Kim Roosevelt’s Anti-Zionist Citizen Network.  Eye-popping to me was the extent to which some Jews, even Rabbis, with anti-Zionist leanings, played a role in the Network.

Miles Copeland Jr. was a talented musician, but his claim to fame was as a CIA operative. His son Stewart, a gifted and talented drummer, became the more famous musician forming a musical group with Gordon Matthew Thomas “Sting” Sumner in 1977 known as The Police.

Miles was an expatriate who had a flair for espionage, and Hugh Wilford weaves him into the fabric of America’s Great Game in a way that will have you reading on the edge of your seat.

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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2 Responses to The CIA’s Secret Arabists

  1. doctuhdon says:

    Thanks for the tip regarding this fascinating book. Amazing that Stewart Copeland’s father was involved in the CIA. I appreciate the link to the song from the police.

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