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War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You To Know Paperback – September 25, 2002
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William Rivers Pitt is a Democrat, Middle East expert and activist. He lives in Boston, USA. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
Ritter says Iraq was virtually disarmed with much of its WMD capability way back in 1998.Shocking to know UN weapons inspection team called UNSCOM headed by an Australian diplomat Richard Butler were doing things which had nothing to do disarming Iraq.It was collecting intelligence about Saddam's whereabouts .Aim was to provokeIraqis.Inspection team would soon be expelled which then would serve as a cover to bomb that country. Further Ritter says that Saddam's regime ,though brutal ,was secular by nature.No evidence to show Baa'thists had links with Osama Bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network.To the contrary Osama and his cohorts despised Baa'thist govt ,sought its ouster.
So why did Anglo-Americans invade Iraq?Primarily because there was a veiled agenda of controlling Iraq's fabulous oil wealth.Also over the years ruling circles in US and UK developed a visceral hatred towards Saddam Hussein as media in both countries continued to demonise him.Despite Saddam repeatedly giving into American demands by opening more more sites for inspection ,he had to go.Revelations by former senior administrationofficials also point to this direction.Paul O'Neill once Treasury Sec in Bush Jr administration reveals in his memoirs 'The Price of Loyalty'few in Bush administration had contemplated attacking Iraq long before Sep 11 terrorist attacks in US.Also former head head of counter-terrorism branch of NSA Richard Clark makes the same point in his book 'Against All Enemies'This again calls into question the sincerity of this administration in fighting terrorism unleashed by Islamic fundamentalists.
One is forced to conclude after reading this booklet American foreign policy is in tatters.This administration is amoral ,unethical, poltically and morally corrupt.
It doesn't pay to ignore experts or those with relevant experience e.g., not listen to them and assess their input, regardless of ones own views. To ignore views of experts and those with first hand experience, whether or not those views are popular, is to risk being blind sided.
Ritter's bottom line is that it is highly unlikely that Iraq has either effective (non-degraded) WPM's or any facilities to manufacture nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons.
I certainly recommend this small book to any who rank specifics above rhetoric and who may have an interest in Iraq's WPM capabilities, the reason for which we are to go to war.