Reuel Marc Gerecht is a former case officer for the CIA, where he served as a Middle Eastern targets officer with the CIA's directorate of operations. He is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a non-partisan organization centering on national security, where he focuses on Iran, sanctions, terrorism, and the Middle East. An ardent opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, Gerecht is the author of “Know Thine Enemy: A Spy's Journey into Revolutionary Iran.”
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Muslims cannot be dragged to an embrace of secularism and the liberal values that spring from it. They have to arrive voluntarily at this understanding.
The Obama Administration lacks the vision and nerve to engage Syria effectively.
The West need not fear the Arab uprisings but embrace and support the democratic ideals that lie at the heart of them.
The West should allow the Egyptian revolution to continue even if it means the Muslim Brotherhood will rise.
President Obama should engage the Islamic fundamentalists rising to power.
If President Obama would allow the CIA to do more to help the Syrian rebels, Turkey and even Iraq's Kurds would do more to help finish off the Assad regime.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei leads the efforts to advance Iran's nuclear Daweapons programs and if he succeeds could lead his country to war.
Reuel Marc Gerecht argues, “Looking more closely at the past shows that a regime-collapse containment policy is the best way to effect change.”
Reuel Marc Gerecht argues, “The suggestion that going to war with the clerical regime is too high a price to pay to stop the mullahs from acquiring nuclear weapons (which is what’s implied by defending the limited, temporary utility of the JCPOA) is downright odd.”
Reuel Marc Gerecht argues, “The [Iran nuclear] deal's bad. I mean, it's as holey as Swiss cheese, as the Europeans, particularly the French, tried to point out during the negotiations. It has numerous large flaws.”
“Alone now, Washington has to be willing to play hardball with Tehran by insisting that it does have military options. But our primary task ought to be to squeeze the theocracy relentlessly.”
Reuel Marc Gerecht argues, “If Washington were serious about doing to Iran what it helped to do to the U.S.S.R, it would seek to weaken the theocracy by pressing it on all fronts. A crippling sanctions regime that punishes the regime for its human-rights abuses is a necessity.”
Reuel Marc Gerecht argues, “It is heartening to hear senior Italian and British officers attached to NATO's International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan affirm that they're planning on being there for 10 years, provided the locals want them.”
Reuel Marc Gerecht argues, “A Russian-American entente never made a lot of sense because of one overpowering fact: Russia and the Islamic Republic have deeply shared strategic interests that simply overwhelm the carrots and sticks that Washington can toss at Putin.”