from raw story: A former CIA agent and expert on Iran offered a grim assessment on Tuesday of American options in dealing with that nation, saying that "sanctions have failed," surgical strikes will lead to unacceptable retaliation against US interests, but a conventional war and invasion would "look like World War III." Robert Baer is the author of a new book, The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower, which argues that Iran has already become the leading power in the Middle East and the United States has no choice but to negotiate with it. "[The Iranians] called Bush's bluff," Baer told Fox News's Brian Kilmeade. "The Israelis are preparing for an attack. ... Could be early first quarter of next year."