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ISBN: 1560258527
Author: Seymour Hersh,Scott Ritter
Language: English
Publisher: Nation Books (September 15, 2005)
Pages: 336
Category: Military
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.6
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Scott Ritter was the UN's top weapons inspector in Iraq between 1991 and 1998 Scott Ritter describes the inspection process, the nationality of team members, and the involvement of governmental agencies from various countries.

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. 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.

Scott Ritter has just published a new book titled Iraq Confidential: The Untold Story of the Intelligence Conspiracy .

Scott Ritter has just published a new book titled Iraq Confidential: The Untold Story of the Intelligence Conspiracy to Undermine the UN and Overthrow Saddam Hussein. The book details how the CIA manipulated and sabotaged the work of UN departments to achieve the foreign policy agenda of the United States in the Middle East. What we weren’t quite aware of is just to what extreme they would go in undermining the credibility and integrity of the United Nations inspection process to achieve this objective. AMY GOODMAN: Something that has been repeated over and over again is that Saddam Hussein kicked out the .

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Iraq Confidential book. Scott Ritter - from ABC Australia

Iraq Confidential book. Scott Ritter - from ABC Australia. It is very interesting to see how Ritter learned of the various USA machinations from his friends in other countries’ intelligence services, and interesting as well to see how Israelis and Brits dealt with UNSCOM. It is clear that the Iraqis had someone on the inside who was feeding them information. I seem to recall that it was the French. The stories he tells can get a bit repetitive, but it is worth while reading up on the details.

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Scott Ritter is the straight-talking former marine officer who the CIA wants to.

Scott Ritter is the straight-talking former marine officer who the CIA wants to silence. After the 1991 Gulf War, Ritter helped lead the UN weapons inspections of Iraq, and found himself at the center of a dangerous game between the Iraqi and United States regimes as only interested in disarmament as a tool for its own agenda. The CIA was equally determined to stop them.

Scott Ritter talked about his book, Iraq Confidential: The Untold Story of the Intelligence Conspiracy to Undermine the UN and Overthrow Saddam Hussein, published by Nation Books. In the book he argued that the Clinton administration, working through the CIA, thwarted the efforts of UN weapons inspectors in Iraq during the 1990s. Mr. Ritter, an inspector for the United Nations between 1991 and 1998, argued that then President Clinton’s real interest in Iraq was not the elimination of weapons of mass destruction but rather regime change

Ritter points out that political powers in Washington, . were only interested in disarmament as a tool for their own agenda.

Ritter points out that political powers in Washington, . Summary of Iraq Confidential: The Untold Story of the Intelligence Conspiracy to Undermine the UN and Overthrow Saddam Hussein - Scott Ritter - eBook.

Scott Ritter is the straight-talking former marine officer who the CIA wants to silence. After the 1991 Gulf War, Ritter helped lead the UN weapons inspections of Iraq and found himself at the center of a dangerous game between the Iraqi and US regimes.As Ritter reveals in this explosive book, Washington was only interested in disarmament as a tool for its own agenda. Operating in a fog of espionage and counter-espionage, Ritter and his team were determined to find out the truth about Iraq’s WMD. The CIA were equally determined to stop them. The truth, as we now know, was that Iraq was playing a deadly game of double-bluff, and actually had no WMD. But to have revealed this would have derailed America’s drive for regime change.Iraq Confidential charts the disillusionment of a staunch patriot who came to realize that his own government sought to undermine effective arms control in the Middle East. Ritter shows us a world of deceit and betrayal in which nothing is as it seems. A host of characters from Mossad, MI6 and the CIA pepper this powerful narrative, which contains revelations that will permanently affect the ongoing debates about Iraq.

Comments:

Qiahmagha
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.
Inertedub
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.
Weiehan
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?

This work is well worth reading. You decide.
Cordalas
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.
Arcanescar
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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