[On Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp]
The Iran nuclear deal was a crowning moment of international diplomacy, allowing the world to step away from the edge of a self-created abyss. Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from this agreement threatens to return the world to that precipice.
Dealbreaker recounts how this deal was made, why it was broken, and what the consequences of that action could be.
When the United States made the decision in the 1980s to deny Iran access to nuclear technology, Iran was forced to turn to the black market to get the material, technology and know-how required to meet its need for nuclear power generation, inclusive of the ability to indigenously produce nuclear fuel. The revelation of Iran’s secret nuclear program in 2002 set in motion a battle of wills between the Iranians, who viewed nuclear power as their inherent right, and the rest of the world, who feared the proliferation implications of allowing Iran access to technology that could be used to make a nuclear weapon.
The United States and its ally, Israel, pulled no punches, using diplomatic pressure to impose crippling economic sanctions, and covert activities to sow disinformation, sabotage equipment and murder Iranian nuclear scientists in an effort to stop the Iranian nuclear program from going forward. Iran prevailed, confronting the United States with the choice of either going to war, or accepting the reality of an Iranian nuclear program. The Iranian nuclear deal was the result.
But the deal had an Achilles heel—the disinformation campaign waged by the United States and Israel to paint the Iranian program as military in nature left a residue of uncertainty and fear that the detractors of the deal used to attack it as little more than a sham. Donald Trump decried the Iranian nuclear deal as a “failed agreement” and promised to tear it up if he were elected President. Trump prevailed in the election, and ended up being as good as his word, pulling America out of the Iranian nuclear deal on May 12, 2018.
Dealbreaker explores the nuances of the Iranian nuclear program, exposing the duplicity and hypocrisy of American diplomacy, supported by Israel and abetted by Europe, that led to the need for the Iranian nuclear deal and eventually caused the demise of an agreement that was simultaneously “the deal of the century” and fatally flawed.
CHRISTOPHER BLACK –
Since there never was any verifiable evidence presented in the nearly decade and a half charade attempting to prove that Iran was in violation of the Treaty, as all 17 US intelligence agiences had confirmed it was not, this new effort by the United States, Israel and participating nations to force it to abandon its civilian program on the pretext it would be used to make weapons is unwarranted and makes a sham of the legal authority of the Security Council that has been brought to bear. Even the notion of multilateralism has been damaged.
In conclusion, Scott Ritter’s compelling narrative provides us with a well written, well documented, and interesting account of a struggle that is not yet over. The book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the grave situation that the world now faces as a result of Trump’s action, an action which continues to threaten us all.
——CHRISTOPHER BLACK, GlobalResearch.ca
JOHN PILGER –
“If Scott Ritter’s warning on Iraq had been heeded, hundreds of thousands of people would be alive today. Deal Breaker is both a warning and a remarkable record of the criminal destruction of an agreement everyone wanted, except the deeply cynical, stupid and/or insane.”
David Swanson –
“As the people who got Iraq wrong are still all over your television explaining what should be done next, here’s a novel idea: Read this book by Scott Ritter who got Iraq right.”
Author, War Is A Lie
Garth Porter –
“Dealbreaker reads like a thriller. Based on his expert knowledge and long experience, Scott Ritter reveals the lies and illusions behind the breaking of the Iran nuclear deal.”
—GARETH PORTER Author, Manufactured Crisis
Senator Mike Gravel –
“Dealbreaker could not be timelier in view of the misleading machinations of both Congress and the Trump administration to rationalize the imposition of sanctions on Iran in light of Donald Trump’s ridiculous decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. Trump’s narrative presented in support of his decision is derived from manufactured intelligence, largely provided by Israel. Ritter provides a fact-based counter-narrative that cuts through the spin, lies and fabrications to paint a clear picture of the reality behind Iran’s nuclear program, and lays out why the Iran nuclear deal represents the best hope for a peaceful resolution between Iran and the West.”
—SENATOR MIKE GRAVEL (D. Alaska)
who officially released in the Senate Record the
Pentagon Papers contributing to ending the Vietnam War.