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Target Iran: The Truth About the White House's Plans for Regime Change Hardcover – September 12, 2006

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As a U.S. Marine officer in the Gulf War, Ritter served as a ballistic missile advisor to General H. Norman Schwarzkopf and then became a high-up UN weapons inspector in Iraq until 1998. Now he is a vociferous, controversial critic of the Bush II administration and the Iraq War. In his latest expose, Ritter trains his inspector's eyes on Iran, meticulously analyzing the rhetoric about Tehran beginning with the first Bush presidency when Dick Cheney was secretary of defense, then skeptically parsing the protracted, politically tangled wrangling over Iran's nuclear program, and vehemently objecting to what he sees as excessive American alignment with Israel. The most interesting figure to emerge from Ritter's flinty yet invaluable inquiry is John Bolton, current U.S. ambassador to the UN and a neo-con instrumental in pushing for regime changes in the Middle East "at any cost." In closing, Ritter offers shrewd observations about why things have cooled off regarding Iran as the midterm elections loom and cautions that war with Iran would be catastrophic and must be averted. Donna Seaman
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Scott Ritter was one of the UN's top weapons inspectors in Iraq between 1991 and 1998. Before working for the UN he served as an officer in the US Marines and as a ballistic missile adviser to General Schwarzkopf in the first Gulf War. He is the author of many books including Iraq Confidential and lives in New York State.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Nation Books; 1 edition (September 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560259361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560259367
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,908,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tony Smith on October 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Scott Ritter and Seymour Hersh have made at least two appearances at The New York Society for Ethical Culture in the past year to discuss US foreign policy issues concerning Iraq and more recently Iran. The October 16, 2006 appearance covered the issues of Mr. Ritter's current book Target Iran. Transcripts and podcasts are available.

It is Mr. Ritter's contention that the Busch administration's primary tool of foreign policy is that of regime change. Any efforts by those nations that are so targeted to engage us in diplomacy have and will be rebuffed. This administration will not talk to those it considers it's enemies. This has been challenged in the media by the James Baker group, but it remains to be seen if they will effect any changes.

Target Iran, according to Mr. Ritter, in based on press coverage in the Middle East and private confirmation of those stories by members of our intelligence community. The story is that America is already working inside Iran with dissidents to identify targets. We are also said to be negotiating the details of staging areas for our base of attack for this widening of the Middle East war. Once that is completed, this administration intends to attack.

The public is and will be sold the same scenario in which (ala Downing Street memo), the facts will be fixed around the policy.

Why will this happen? One element is the influence of Israel. Iran is perceived, and not incorrectly, as a major threat to Israel. But Ritter makes the point that Israeli and American interests are not identical. After the recent events in Southern Lebanon, watching our congress and our administration give their complete support to whatever Israel was going to do, it's hard to see much separation.
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Scott Ritter provides chapter and verse on how conflict with the Axis of Evil nations could have been avoided with direct negotiation. The mullahs of Iran sought to negotiate with everything on the table, including nuclear weapons and a treaty with Israel. North Korea still wants direct negotiations. So did Saddam. We don't negotiate with regimes we want to remove. Bush prefers to "take them out" no matter how many Americans die.
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Scott Ritter speaks from the perspective of a person who has wide knowledge of military and nuclear issues as well as a US Marine with combat experience. He is obviously well versed in nuclear technology and reveals a wide depth of scientific expertise plus knowledge in the many aspects of modern world diplomacy. In the first Gulf War he risked his life doing reconnaissance missions over Iraq for the U.S. military to pinpoint Scud missile sites that were attacking Israel. After that war he spent several years as a UN arms inspector and helped unearth and neutralize the secret military arsenal of Saddam Hussein, including a surprisingly advanced nuclear weapons program. Ritter is a man of unquestioned patriotism and loyalty to his country. He has much to say that we all urgently need to hear.

This detail packed book, which strikes me as even-handed and objective, begins in the early 1990s and follows more or less chronologically the U.S. relationship with the government of Iran. It describes in depth how the U.S. administrations of Clinton and then Bush have descended into increasing states of distrust of Iran as it has become obvious that the development of nuclear technology is an urgent priority for that country, particularly as the finite limits of future oil production are becoming visible. It rightly points out the hypocrisy of the U.S. position in this matter since the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to which Iran is a signatory specifically stipulates the legitimate rights of nations to pursue the development of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. In fact the entire flaw in the post WWII nuclear conundrum is the near impossibility to discern a separation between peaceful nuclear activities and military applications.
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Scott Ritter was proven correct about Iraq not having weapons of mass destruction, and this alone demands our respectful attention to his views of the foolishness of attacking Iran.

There are other reviews of the substance of this book that are excellent, so here I just wish to contribute three supporting observations:

1) Endgame: The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror by LtGen Thomas McInerney and MajGen Paul Vallely, was published in 2004 and lays out the complete plan for US military domination of the Middle East, with Iran following Iraq, and then Syria etcetera. As lunatic as the plan may be (see my review for more details) it is a plan that will be carried out as long as Dick Cheney remains Vice President and George Bush Junior remains a fool who is clearly in way over his head.

2) Howard Bloom, who understood the coming Sunni versus Shi'ite world war for the soul of Islam, writing about it in The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History, now warns of a likely Iranian masterplan that first used Ahmed Chalabi to lure the American neo-cons into Iraq, and now has lured four carriers, two strike groups and an amphibious group within range of the supersonic Sunburn missile that carried a nuclear warhead, can explode a carrier, and travel at 3.0 Mach straight line, or 2.2 Mach when zig-zagging.
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