Scott Ritter was the UN's top weapons inspector in Iraq between 1991 and 1998. Before working for the UN he served as a captain in the US marines and as a ballistic missile adviser to General Schwarzkopf in the first Gulf War. He opposed the build-up for war in 2003, claiming that Iraq had been effectively disarmed. Ritter lives in New York State.
Seymour Hersh is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist currently writing for the New Yorker. In his long and distinguished career he has been the first to expose many of the major scandals in US foreign policy, from the May Lai massacre in Vietnam to Abu Ghraib.
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5,0 su 5 stelleA rehash of "Endgame", but a fascinating read - buy it!
DaJoe Briggsil 17 febbraio 2007 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
This book seemed to be a rehash of his 1998 "Endgame" but I couln't put it down. Ritter is an outstanding writer, and even if this was fiction, I would recommend it because it is a circuitous story of strategy, intrique, counter-plots, and gamesmenship. All of these things surround the basic story of his frustrated effort to do his job and reach an authoratative conclusion as to the status of WMD in post-Gulf-War Iraq. He details the impact of the Necons and their efforts through the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) to put pressure on the Clinton presidency to adopt a policy of regime change in Iraq as a policy that would most address the security needs of Israel, then how Secretary of State Albright and the CIA effected that policy by undermining the inspections. He resigned in 1998 in protest, and wrote his first book 'Endgame'. A great read and essential to understanding the run up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
4,0 su 5 stellethe real smoking gun (no mushroom cloud)
Dact readeril 11 dicembre 2005 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Throughout the 1990s we were told Iraq wasn't complying with UN resolutions -- they arrogantly flaunted the inspections regime (UNSCOM) formed to prove compliance. This book, by a US Marine officer and weapons inspector with wide experience in Iraq, destroys many of those claims.
Ritter's account indicts three American Administrations and the CIA. They did everything possible to ensure UN resolutions wouldn't work (while claiming the opposite). `Regime change' (unsanctioned by UN resolutions and international law) was the only acceptable outcome.
Iraqis charged UNSCOM fronted CIA covert operations dedicated to compromise their sovereignty. Turns out they were probably right. The CIA (without notice) used UNSCOM for covert ops. The only problem - the CIA had no real expertise (they were unable to accomplish anything -- least of all regime change with unreliable paid expatriate Iraqis in the mid 90s).
Ritter's most disturbing charge is the politicization of intelligence. CIA information was routinely produced to justify positions supporting previously determined administration goals. Little wonder the CIA was blind on 9/11, the Downing Street Memo, or the absence of Iraqi WMD post invasion.
The trashing of the UN was the perfect touch. We needed to preserve the agenda of a few political `scientists' and conceal their mistakes (incompetence). Why not blame it on the UN?
DaJ.L. Populistil 17 luglio 2008 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
In the Preface the author elaborates on the sources he used for the book. Some sources are named while others are anonymous out of neccessity. Mr. Ritter also writes from experience as a UN weapons inspector with prior military experience.
Scott Ritter describes the inspection process, the nationality of team members, and the involvement of governmental agencies from various countries.
He gives some history between Iraq and America dating back to 1991 and the publicized threats from Bush 41. That administration is the source of the presidential "lethal finding" which strongly advocated the removal from power of Saddam Hussein. That regime change policy was pursued by the Clinton administration also. The Iraq Operations Group was instrumental in those efforts.
Besides the Iraqi government's uncooperative actions, the author describes devious actions by the CIA.
He tells about the worst covert operation failure since the Bay of Pigs. A CIA coup attempt in Iraq was effectively infiltrated by double agents.
If that wasn't bad enough, someone blew the cover of a British-assisted SIGINT operation in Iraq.
The failed weapons inspection program can be summed up best by the author's words on page 291- "Disarmament was simply not the USA's principal policy objective in Iraq after 1991. Regime change was."
In "Iraq Confidential" Scott Ritter tells the inside story of what really happened in Iraq.
4,0 su 5 stelleWorth the read, remember the context
DaAmazon Customeril 3 aprile 2006 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
I'd love to read a few memoirs from other key actors in Ritter's spy drama. Obviously he's got one big grudge against the CIA as run by the Bushes and Clinton, and possibly with very good reason, but it would be nice to hear some of these stories from other perspectives.
Nevertheless, his is a perspective very much worth reading. He walked in some of the highest intelligence circles of the U.S., U.K. and Israel leading up to the current Iraq War -- he knows interesting people.
If you EVER believed this war was about disarming somebody or making us safe from secret nasty weapons, I don't see how you can after reading this book.
DaElizabeth Cil 25 aprile 2006 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
The book gives good insight into of the runup to the Iraq war and to why we are in such of a mess now in Iraq. The information presented does indeed make one mad because of the many lies that our Government has told us during two administrations.
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