Dealbreaker: Donald Trump and the Unmaking of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Dealbreaker: Donald Trump and the Unmaking of the Iran Nuclear Deal

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ISBN-13: 9780999874752
Publisher: Clarity Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/15/2018
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 333,092
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Scott Ritter is a former Marine intelligence officer who served in the former Soviet Union, implementing arms control agreements, and on the staff of General Norman Schwartzkopf during the Gulf War, where he played a critical role in the hunt for Iraqi SCUD missiles. From 1991 until 1998, He served as a Chief Inspector for the United Nations in Iraq, leading the search for Iraq's proscribed weapons of mass destruction, and was a vocal critic of the American decision to go to war with Iraq. This is his eighth book.

Seymour Hersh is an American investigative journalist, winner of a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, two National Magazine Awards and five George Polk Awards. In 2004, he received the George Orwell Award and in 2017 the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII).

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Hassan Rouhani was humble, quiet and unassuming—the antithesis of Donald Trump. As much as Donald Trump was a brash outsider to American and international politics, Rouhani was the consummate insider, earning the sobriquet “the Diplomat Sheikh” for his work as Iran’s nuclear negotiator from 2003-2005.1 Rouhani, however, was much more than a one-trick pony; even prior to his election as Iran’s President in 2013 (and subsequent reelection in August 2017), he was a highly influential member of the innermost decision-making circles of the Islamic Republic whose positions on a wide range of policies were not only well known, but also supported by those who held the reins of power in Iran. The former Revolutionary Guard Navy Commander, Rear Admiral Hossein Alaei (known for being the only Iranian military commander to directly engage US forces in combat, during the navy-on-navy clashes of 1987) described Rouhani as “a known figure in the Islamic Republic, and there are no issues with him. He has been, and is, a revolutionary individual and effective in the revolution.”2

Rouhani served for 20 years as an elected member of the Iranian Parliament, or Majlis, and served on various committees relating to defense and foreign affairs during the Iran-Iraq War, as well as speaker of that body. His resume read like a “who’s who” of the Islamic Republic of Iran: he was appointed to serve on the Supreme National Security Council, which advised the Supreme Leader on the most sensitive issues confronting Iran, foreign and domestic, and later on the Expediency Council, which served as the final arbitrator between the Majlis and the Guardian Council (a constitutionally-mandated 12-person body tasked with ensuring the compatibility of legislation passed by the Majlis with the “criteria of Islam” and the Constitution, as well as overseeing all elections), where he chaired the political, defense and security committee. The Iranian President’s qualifications for this role were real: during his graduate studies at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland, where he graduated in 1999, Rouhani was awarded a PhD in Constitutional Law.3

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