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Analysis & Commentary - Reuel Marc Gerecht

Reuel Marc Gerecht's Latest Mentions

31st December 2011 – Quoted by Frontline, PBS

The Canny General: Quds Force Commander Ghasem Soleimani

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Testifying to the same subcommittee on the same day, the neoconservative Marc Reuel Gerecht, a retired CIA agent who worked in the Middle East for years, made it clear who Keane had primarily in mind more...

4th December 2011 – Quoted by Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times

Mysterious Blasts, Slayings Suggest Covert Efforts in Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former CIA operative who specialized on Iran, said he doesn't believe that the CIA could mount a sophisticated covert campaign of sabotage inside Iran, where the U.S. has not had an embassy since 1979. more...

13th October 2011 – Quoted by Oren Dorell, USA Today

Experts: Alleged Plot Shows Iran has No Fear of US

Reuel Marc Gerecht

If the Justice Department account is accurate, the plot was launched with the approval of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and means Iran's leaders "did not fear a muscular American response," said former CIA officer Reuel Marc Gerecht more...

24th September 2011 – Cited by Douglas Birch, AP

Iran’s Nuclear Setbacks: More Than Just Bad Luck?

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former CIA officer now at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies think tank, said a faction within Iran's government might have ordered the assassinations. He said one researcher supported Iran's persecuted opposition, while the others may have been suspected of spying for the West. more...

29th July 2011 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Oh, Yeah, There is an Iran-al-Qaeda Connection

Jonathan Schanzer, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Iran expert and former CIA analyst Reuel Marc Gerecht of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies was part of that debate. He e-mails me: more...

1st February 2011 – Quoted by Duncan Currie, National Review Online

Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther, and the Muslim Brotherhood

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Like Reihan and Alex Massie, I’ve been curious to know what Reuel Marc Gerecht — former CIA officer, Islam expert, and robust supporter of Arab democracy — thinks about the extraordinary events convulsing Egypt. Gerecht combines a staunch belief in the inevitability of Middle East democratization with a sober-minded realism about its probable consequences. Back in the heady “Arab Spring” days of 2005 — before Iraq became an abattoir of sectarian bloodletting, before an Islamist group captured roughly 20 percent of all seats in the Egyptian national assembly, and before the Palestinians elected Hamas — he rebuffed the notion that somehow the region could embrace genuine democratic pluralism while keeping religious fundamentalists on the sidelines. “The history of democratic Christendom,” Gerecht wrote in The Weekly Standard, suggests that “you don’t get to arrive at Thomas Jefferson unless you first pass through Martin Luther.” more...