Donald Trump and
the Unmaking of the
Iran Nuclear Agreement

Scott Ritter
Foreword by Seymour Hersh

ISBN: 978-0-9998747-5-2
$29.95 / 302 pp. / 2018

EBOOK ISBN: 978-0-9998747-6-9
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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

When the United States made the decision in the 1980’s 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.


    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, Mr. Ritter served as a Chief Inspector for
    the United Nations in Iraq, leading the search for
    Iraq’s proscribed weapons of mass destruction.  
    Mr. Ritter was a vocal critic of the American
    decision to go to war with Iraq.  He resides in
    Upstate New York, where he writes on issues
    pertaining to arms control, the Middle East and
    national security.  Deal of the Century is Mr. Ritter’
    s eighth book.

    Scott Ritter has testified before a combined
    Armed Services/Foreign Affairs hearing of the US
    Senate, and before the House Foreign Relations
    and National Security committees.  He has spoken
    to NATO, the United Nations, the British
    Parliament, the Canadian Parliament, the Italian
    and French Parliaments, the European
    Parliament, the Iraqi Parliament and the Japanese
    Parliaments.  He has done public speaking
    engagements at Harvard, MIT, Brown, Dartmouth,
    Cornell, Yale and Columbia, and dozens of other
    public and private universities and colleges
    across the country. He has spoken before the
    Council on Foreign Affairs, Chatham House and
    RUSI (in London), and various World Affairs

    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


    Foreword by Seymour Hersh

    Prologue:  Embarrassment

    Chapter One:     Buying Time

    Chapter Two:     The Race

    Chapter Three:  Deal of the Century

    Chapter Four:     Making it work

    Chapter Five:      Sunset

    Epilogue:             Hope in a Time of Darkness


    "A Patriot."  US Secretary of State John Kerry

    "A genuine American hero."  
    Colonel George M. Connell, USMC (Retired)

    "Scott Ritter has the great advantage of having
    'been there and experienced that' and so can
    bring the sharp edge of realism to the delicate
    task of separating fact from fiction."
    William R. Polk, former State Department official
    under President John F. Kennedy

    "The most important thing to know about Scott
    Ritter, the man, is that he was right."  
    Journalist Seymour Hersh, Pulitzer Prize winner

    "Scott Ritter is a Marine officer who knows
    there is no expiration date on “Semper Fidelis.”
    High-profile skunk at the picnic planning “shock
    and awe” on Iraq, Scott did all he could to head
    off the unnecessary war that has catalyzed
    current chaos in the Middle East."
    Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and
    presidential briefer

    “I respect and admire Scott Ritter’s character
    unreservedly...Not only was he right—again,
    almost alone—but he was willing to pay the
    personal costs psychologically and in career
    terms of bucking a tide of government
    propaganda and condemnation...I believe he is a
    great American.”
    Daniel Ellsberg (national security expert/anti-war

    "I have known Scott Ritter for years. The Scott
    Ritter I know is highly principled and dedicated
    to his community, country and the cause of
    peace. I have seen up close how he has put
    service to others ahead of financial reward.”
    Jeff Cohen (media critic/journalist)

    “History will record...that Ritter was right, while
    those who showed him nothing but contempt
    were flat wrong."
    Matt Bai (Yahoo News Political Columnist/former
    NY Times Magazine chief political correspondent)

    “[Scott Ritter] has certainly more experience,
    more credibility and more information than most
    anybody else we talk to...that guy was fantastic.
    Dylan Ratigan, former MSNBC host

    "Scott Ritter is a man with exceptional levels of
    integrity, honesty, courage and intelligence."  
    US Ambassador Edward Peck

    Scott Ritter has "leveled one of the most
    serious indictments against the top-level
    national security team of this country that has
    ever been done in contemporary times."  
    US Senator John Warner
Tracing a mistake of historic proportions ...

"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
David Swanson, author of War Is A Lie

"Deal of the Century could not be more timely in view of
the machinations by Congress to maintain the sanctions
against Iran — sanctions that were illegal from the get-
go. This book is needed to counter the obfuscations and
inversions of the sanctions issue that mainstream media
has proffered to the American public. We are in debt to
the maturity of Iran’s leadership for their patience and to
some of our political leaders for correcting this injustice
of our foreign policy."
Senator Mike Gravel (D, Alaska), opponent of the Vietnam

Endgame (1999)

"What is the endgame [Ritter] proposes? It is a starry-eyed
diplomatic solution, including ''an Iraqi Marshall Plan'' to rebuild
the shattered nation and ''military-to-military contacts to assist in
the modernization and training'' of the Iraqi Army -- about as
likely a plan as inviting Saddam to throw out the first ball at
Yankee Stadium. At the end of this book, Ritter writes: ''In the
end, a military solution may prove to be the only certain way to
solve the Saddam problem. At present, however, a military
solution is impossible.'' Thanks, Major. Dismissed."

"Scott Ritter stared into the abyss of Iraq for seven years,
searching for things unseen: missiles and bombs, nerve gas
and anthrax... Ritter has written several impassioned yet
reasoned passages indicting aspects of American policy in Iraq,
arguing convincingly that the economic sanctions against Iraq
are killing tens of thousands of children without imposing
political pain on Saddam Hussein. American leaders and the
American people have chosen to ignore that suffering."
                                      Tim Weiner, The New York
, April 11, 1999

"As commendable as Ritter's courage and ingenuity were in
wrestling with Iraqi duplicity, he shows little talent for policy
analysis. His solution to the current standoff -- a reinvigorated
system of inspections -- is wildly unrealistic given that even the
American government seems to have lost hope in UNSCOM."

"Until 1998, [Ritter] was an aggressive and energetic -- if
undiplomatic -- front-line sleuth who spearheaded operations
designed to uncover both Saddam's weapons programs and the
mechanisms for concealing those programs from Western
Eliot Cohen, Foreign Affairs, July-August 1999

"Scott an original and vivid account of the work of
the inspectors in all its drama and frustration. Ritter is the kind
of single-minded and conscientious intelligence official who is
not always appreciated by, or appreciative of, the higher
command, with its wide and diverse problems. Indeed he is
scornful of the crosscurrents, the compromises, and the
pressures that often go into making high policy. He is impatient
with the very idea that there are often hard truths which those
higher up do not wish to hear."

"Ritter denounces the US administration, and especially
Madeleine Albright, for undercutting his aggressive inspection
policy and putting pressure on Richard Butler—who strongly
denies his charges—to rein him in. His only hero in the US
administration is UN ambassador Bill Richardson, who
apparently supported Ritter’s damn-the-torpedoes approach. In
his resignation statement Ritter said, “The illusion of arms
control is more dangerous than no arms control at all,” and he
would not be a party to such an illusion."
Brian Urquhart, The New York Review of Books,
May 6, 1999
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