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Analysis & Commentary - Reuel Marc Gerecht

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23rd April 2012 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Israel Can’t Afford the Happy Talk

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Reuel Marc Gerecht posits that real success is almost certainly unattainable and would require that Iran “(1) Stop all uranium enrichment to 20 percent purity, which is near bomb-grade; (2) ship abroad the entire stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium... more...

12th April 2012 – Quoted by Joel Brinkley, Politico

Iran’s Trail of Terror

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Not since the fall of the Soviet Union has any nation so aggressively pursued alliances with bad actors in so many places worldwide, acknowledged Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former CIA officer who focused primarily on Iran. more...

6th April 2012 – Quoted by Jay Solomon and Siobhan Gorman, The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Spymaster Counters US Moves in the Mideast

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Last October, a former Central Intelligence Agency spy, Reuel Marc Gerecht, testified before Congress that if the Qods Force's role in last year's alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador is proven, the U.S. "should hold Qasem Soleimani responsible…. Go get him, either try to capture him or kill him." more...

9th March 2012 – Cited by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Conservatives Lead From the Front, but Will Obama Follow?

Clifford D. May, Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

In February, a distinguished list of conservative foreign policy experts including Liz Cheney, Cliff May and Max Boot wrote to Obama, warning: “Unless the United States takes the lead and acts, either individually or in concert with like-minded nations... more...

17th February 2012 – Quoted by John Kemp, Reuters

EU Pays Price for Oil Sanctions on Iran: John Kemp

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

In an influential report on the "Oil Market Impact of Sanctions Against the Central Bank of Iran", which has circulated widely in Washington and European capitals, sanctions advocates Mark Dubowitz and Reuel Marc Gerecht of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies... more...

17th February 2012 – Cited by Josh Rogin, Foreign Policy

Conservatives Call for Obama to Intervene in Syria

Clifford D. May, Michael Ledeen, John Hannah, Tony Badran, Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Fifty-six leading conservative foreign-policy experts wrote an open letter Friday to U.S. President Barack Obama calling on him to directly aid the Syrian opposition and protect the lives of Syrian civilians. more...

20th January 2012 – Quoted by Howard LaFranchi, The Christian Science Monitor

Regime Change: How Fear of Iran Nukes, and Campaign Politics, Revived the Call

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Mark Dubowitz

Taking a cue from the Arab Spring and the toppling of Arab tyrants by popular movements, some regional experts say an Iranian population infuriated by increasingly dire economic conditions could do the same. more...

12th January 2012 – Quoted by Benjamin Weinthal, The Jerusalem Post

Can EU Oil Sanctions Create a Turning Point in Iran?

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

The strategy of inflicting laser-like oil sanctions on Iran without disrupting global energy markets, and thereby reducing Iran's oil profits, was first developed by Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former CIA officer and senior fellow at FDD. more...

12th January 2012 – Quoted by Ladane Nasseri and Nicole Gaouette, Bloomberg

Iran Says Scientist’s Murder Reveals Global Terror Campaign

Reuel Marc Gerecht

That alone is difficult, said Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former Central Intelligence Agency specialist on Iran who is now at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a Washington foreign- policy research organization. more...

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...