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War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You To Know Paperback – September 25, 2002


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  • Series: Mad As Hell Books
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Context Books (September 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893956385
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893956384
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A definite must read!
Christian Salafia
Hat's off to Mr. Will Rivers Pitts for making sure we have somewhere out here to get true journalist news as it happens.
Buffy the Bookworm
This small book contains an interview between William Rivers Pitt and Scott Ritter, a former UNESCO inspector in Iraq.
George Nilsen

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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Nondescript on October 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
How incredibly prescient this book has turned out to be, and how unbelievably wrong the neocons were not to listen. I guess the verdict is in, and it doesn't look good for Bush.

Bush blames his Iraq fiasco on "bad intelligence." If the intelligence was so bad, how come Ritter knew the facts on the ground? How was he able to accurately predict EXACTLY what we found--that there were no stockpiles at all? Maybe the problem wasn't bad intelligence, but bad ideology, blindly ignoring what the weapons experts knew to be true.

In the end, though, I can probably agree that Bush does have a problem with bad intelligence. His own!
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284 of 331 people found the following review helpful By C. Colt on October 21, 2002
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"War on Iraq" is a Republican military expert's analysis and rejection of the American government's current justification for invading Iraq. All Americans, especially politicians, should pay close attention to this book for two reasons. First, the arguments contained in this book were made by the person who knows the status of Iraq's weapons program and the potential threat posed by Iraq better than anyone else. Scott Ritter is a former intelligence officer and Marine veteran of the Gulf War. When the war ended, Ritter played a critical and highly effective role in inspecting and destroying the Iraqi weapons program. Second, Ritter is a Republican who voted for George W. Bush in the 2000 election, and who clearly harbors no liberal agenda. If this guy is telling us that the coming war with Iraq is unwarranted and extremely dangerous, we had better take him seriously. Ritter's arguments are summed up below.
IRAQ HAS NO SERIOUS WEAPONS CAPABLITY
Ritter demonstrates that Iraq's chemical, nuclear, and biological weapons were thoroughly dismantled. Rebuilding these programs is easily detectable, and if some chemical or biological agents evaded detection, they have probably exceeded their shelf life.
IRAQ DOES NOT HAVE A FUNDAMENTALIST GOVERNMENT
As evil and nasty as Saddam Hussein might be, he is a secular ruler who has gone to great and brutal lengths to repress religious fundamentalism in Iraq. He has no interest in perpetuating Islamic fundamentalism of the sort that Bin Laden espouses.
SADAM HUSSEIN AND BIN LADEN ARE ENEMIES
Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden are enemies. Saddam Hussein outlawed Wahabbism the fundamentalist sect of Islam to which Bin Laden belongs, and Bin Laden declared Saddam Hussein an apostate who should be killed.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Scott Tift on October 13, 2004
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Having just read this short little book I am absolutely amazed at the foresight Pitt and Ritter displayed in 2002. Almost everything these two men said about the state of Iraq than and now is incredibly accurate. I never would have believed that Scott Ritter, who the mainstream press branded a "lunatic" or "an Iraqi agent", was actually one of the better informed Americans when it came to the nation of Iraq. From WMD to tribal factions to the members of the so called "insurgents", it seems that Scott Ritter is the person the press and the Pentagon should have gone to when they had questions of Saddam and Iraq.

This book is a must read for ANY red blooded, straight thinking American who is genuinely interested in the truth about Iraq.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Dana Garrett on February 11, 2004
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Months prior to the Iraq war, I researched press accounts worldwide, read published UN documents and web-posted reports and evaluations of weapons experts, and read this book by Scott Ritter and published interviews of him, and was convinced that either Iraq had no WMD or had no functioning WMD.
My question is: if I could come to this conclusion without the aid of classified intelligence, how can we even conceive of the President of the United States coming to his false and calamitous conclusion with all of the classified and unclassified intelligence at his disposal? Even the President now agrees that Iraq had no WMD based on the Kay report.
When one considers all the vilification that Scott Ritter has undergone, how his patriotism and professionalism have been questioned, and how he has even been threatened with Court hearings, simply because he spoke the obvious truth long before it was politically chic to speak it, it is clear that the US government owes Mr. Ritter an immense apology. It is also obvious that if the United States government wants to conduct a fair and impartial investigation of this intelligence calamity, it should appoint Scott Ritter to head the investigation.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Fitzgerald on October 25, 2003
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I find it amusing that all the negative reviews of this interview fail to acknowledge that Ritter has so far proven totally accurate concerning Iraq's alleged WMD's, and pretty much the only analyst who was even remotely accurate. Critics accuse him of being "out of the loop", spouting "conspiracy theories" based on "unsupported facts."
Well read the book and focus on the specific WMD issues he addresses (some of the doomsday war scenarios were way off of course). Its a plausable and so far completely accurate assessment of Iraq's alleged weapons. To paraphrase: Iraq had WMD stockpiles and production facilities, the production infrastructure was wiped out by inspections, most stockpiles were destroyed similarly, and a small fraction of the weapons remainded unnaccounted for after 1998. And the kicker: the unaccounted for stockpiles would have deteriorated to the point of worthlessness. Anthrax for example (remember Mr. Powell's vile at the UN?) has a shelf life of 3-5 years. All of it was made before 1991. Its worthless, assuming it existed in the first place. So no anthrax was shipped off to Syria kids, you can sleep well tonite.
And if you dont believe Ritter, other former UNSCOM officials have weighed in with similar analysis of Iraq's alleged WMDs (check out the writings of Rolf Ekeus and Hans von Sponeck).
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