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Profile: Reuel Marc Gerecht

 
  

Positions that Reuel Marc Gerecht has held:

  • Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute
  • US diplomat in the Middle East
  • CIA operative


 

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Quote, September 2002

   “OPEC is already significantly fractured, and [US control of Iraqi oil] would already add to its internal frictions. It would definitely diminish the Saudis' influence (over the United States) and would cause the Iranian regime a lot of trouble.” [San Francisco Chronicle, 9/29/02]

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September 2004      Plans to use force against Iran

       The Atlantic Monthly commissions retired military officers, intelligence officials and diplomats to participate in a war game scenario involving Iran. The war game takes “place in one room, it [runs] for three hours, and it [deals] strictly with how an American President might respond, militarily or otherwise, to Iran's rapid progress toward developing nuclear weapons.” Its main objective is to simulate the decision-making process that would likely take place during a meeting of the “Principals Committee” in the event that Iran ignores the deadline set by the IAEA to meet its demands. Kenneth Pollack, of the Brookings Institution, and Reuel Marc Gerecht, of the American Enterprise Institute, both play the role of secretary of state—Pollack with a more Democratic perspective and Gerecht as more of a Republican. David Kay plays as the CIA director and Kenneth Bacon, a chief Pentagon spokesman during the Clinton Administration, is the White House chief of staff. Sam Gardiner, a retired Air Force colonel, serves mostly as National Security Adviser, but plays other roles as well. He is also the person who designed the game. During the game, Israel's influence on the administration's Iran policy is highlighted, with Pollack noting at one point, “[I]n the absence of Israeli pressure how seriously would the United States be considering” the use of military force against Iran? One of the largest concerns raised, shared by all of the participants, is that a US attack on Iran would provoke the Iranians to interfere in Iraq. “[O]ne of the things we have going for us in Iraq, if I can use that term, is that the Iranians really have not made a major effort to thwart us ... If they wanted to make our lives rough in Iraq, they could make Iraq hell.” At the conclusion of the three-hour exercise, it is apparent that the players believe that the game's scenario offered the US no feasible options for using military force against Iran. [Atlantic Monthly, 12/2004; Guardian, 1/18/2005]
People and organizations involved: Kenneth Pollack, Reuel Marc Gerecht, David Kay, Sam Gardiner
          

January 2005      Plans to use force against Iran

       The Guardian of London interviews Reuel Marc Gerecht, a prominent neoconservative at the American Enterprise Institute, about the Bush administration's policy in Iran. Gerecht, who is also a former CIA officer, says he believes that US strikes on Iran could setback Iran's nuclear program. “It would certainly delay [the program] and it can be done again. It's not a one-time affair. I would be shocked if a military strike could not delay the program.” Gerecht says that members of the Bush administration have not yet agreed on a policy for dealing with Iran and that the internal debate is just beginning. “Iraq has been a fairly consuming endeavor, but it's getting now towards the point where people are going to focus on [Iran] hard and have a great debate.” [Guardian, 1/18/2005]
People and organizations involved: Reuel Marc Gerecht
          

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