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The book that will change the way you think about the Islamic Republic of Iran...
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"With so many amateur intelligence experts clouding the public dialogue, it is a pleasure to read the work of an author of real professionalism. Timmerman adds texture and clarity to the gross failures of our intelligence establishment, and new visibility to the role of Iran in the Islamist war against America. "
– John F. Lehman , 9/11 Commission member and former Secretary of the Navy
Countdown to Crisis has been incoporated into the Iran course material for the Pentagon's Joint Counter-Intelligence Training Academy (JCITA)
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Prologue: What If the
Ayatollah Got the Bomb?
In a cleft between two mountains around fifty kilometers southwest of Natanz, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have constructed a deep underground facility using special tunneling machines imported from Germany.
The blast door giving access to the buried facility measures eighteen meters across and nearly six meters high. Its surface has been faced with natural rock, making it virtually invisible to outside eyes. It opens onto a well-lit tunnel nearly sixty meters long that leads to an underground traffic circle wide enough for an eighteen-wheel tractor-trailer to turn around without hindrance.
From the circle, six tunnels lead down to separate underground chambers. Two of the hardened storage bunkers house Shahab-3 missiles, each with its own Mercedes-Benz tractor and specially designed launch trailer. The Revolutionary Guards claim that the missiles can be driven outside, fueled, and launched within twenty-five minutes, and that they can then scoot underground before any retaliatory strike. In nearly a dozen live tests, they have shown that the missiles can hit targets anywhere in Israel. New versions will soon be capable of hitting America directly.
Two of the storage depots house a secret cascade of uranium-enrichment centrifuges— high-speed spinning machines designed to convert uranium into fuel for nuclear weapons. This is one of several such cascades now operating in Iran.
The other two underground chambers house fifteen nuclear warheads ready to be mated to the missiles.
... What if the Ayatollah got the bomb?
For years, this was a rhetorical question. Today, it is a reality for which Americans must prepare.
Read what others are saying about Countdown to Crisis...
| "Utilizing contacts with
dozens of Iranian defectors and officials, previously
classified documents, and high-level sources throughout the
government and intelligence community, The New York Times
best-selling author pulls the Persian rug out from the
Iranian clerics who have been mobilizing to kill during four
U.S. presidential administrations. Readers alarmed by
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent call for the
annihilation of Israel will take no comfort in Timmerman's
|“In meticulous detail,
Timmerman chronicles the myriad ways by which the Iranian
regime has sought to acquire an offensive atomic
capability over the past two decades...But Timmerman's
most striking claim has nothing to do with Iran's nuclear
program. Building on accounts stitched together from
interviews of multiple Iranian defectors and foreign
intelligence investigations, he levels a blockbuster
accusation: that Iran played a key role in the planning,
organization and facilitation of the 9/11 attacks."
– Ilan Berman, in the NY Post
book, Countdown to Crisis, should be required reading
for all the neo Neville Chamberlains at the State
Department, National Security Council, or elsewhere in
the Bush Administration..."
– Larry Kelly, in Human Events
|"Mr. Timmerman marshals an
impressive amount of evidence suggesting Iran may have known
about the attacks and has given sanctuary to senior al Qaeda
officials who were involved in planning them. Perhaps most
disturbing of all is the information he presents suggesting
that the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies have
systematically tried to whitewash credible evidence from
Iranian defectors linking Tehran and al Qaeda before and
after September 11."
– Lead editorial, Washington Times
|"There are villains enough to
go around. Vacillating presidents. A CIA that dismisses any
intelligence that does not square with its analytical model
for Iran. Cold, greedy Western powers who never met a mullah
they couldn't do business with. There are cover-ups and
blunders galore. But it is the conclusion reached by this
well-written, thoroughly documented book with 50 pages of
supporting material that will put a chill on all those
cheery news reports about democracy in action in Iran. There
is something bad coming our way."
–James Srodes, author of "Allen Dulles, Master of Spies" and other biographies.
|"I came to love Ken
Timmerman's book, Countdown
to Crisis. He tells us the insurgency is all in
Iran. They start every meeting with "Death to America, death
to Israel," and everyday they try and make both things
happen. From Beirut to the Khobar Towers, and now in Iraq,
they have been killing our people. I wonder how much longer
we will take it and when we will prove UBL is in their
–Brian Kilmeade, FoxNews