Baer was a bona fide spook, a case officer placed in many of the hottest spots in the world. He is outraged at the failure of intelligence that allowed a 9/11 to happen, and goes into why it was possible for that to have occurred. Baer theorizes that there is indeed a strong relationship between Arafat, AL-Qaeda, Iranian fundamentalists and the other terrorist entities of the region. He talks about the massive decline in human intelligence (humint) as the US seemed to have mostly gotten out of the business of spying. Iran, he says, has been responsible for many terrorist operations, hidden under the responsibility of nom de plume IJO. Although he does talk about declines in intelligence capability and interest during Republican administrations, he seems to reserve intense ire for Democrats, neglecting to mention that the GOP was more than happy to strip away funding from intelligence when it suited them.