- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Nation Books (September 15, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560258527
- ISBN-13: 978-1560258520
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Iraq Confidential: The Untold Story of the Intelligence Conspiracy to Undermine the UN and Overthrow Saddam Hussein Hardcover – September 15, 2005
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About the Author
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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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.
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?
This work is well worth reading. You decide.
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.
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