By Scott Ritter
Contributor note: ahead through Seymour M. Hersh
Scott Ritter is the straight-talking former marine officer who the CIA desires to silence. After the 1991 Gulf struggle, Ritter helped lead the UN guns inspections of Iraq and located himself on the heart of a deadly online game among the Iraqi and US regimes. As Ritter finds during this explosive ebook, Washington used to be simply drawn to disarmament as a device for its personal schedule. working in a fog of espionage and counter-espionage, Ritter and his staff have been decided to determine the reality approximately Iraq's WMD. The CIA have been both made up our minds to forestall them.
The fact, as we now understand, used to be that Iraq used to be enjoying a dangerous online game of double-bluff, and really had no WMD. yet to have printed this is able to have derailed America's force for regime swap. Iraq Confidential charts the disillusionment of a staunch patriot who got here to gain that his personal executive sought to undermine potent palms regulate within the heart East. Ritter exhibits us a global of deceit and betrayal within which not anything is because it turns out.
A host of characters from Mossad, MI6 and the CIA pepper this strong narrative, which includes revelations that may completely impact the continuing debates approximately Iraq.
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The UN had seemingly accomplished the impossible, placing credible disarmament teams in Iraq on short notice. Regardless of what the unstated intent of resolution 687 was, the stated objective of disarmament was being accomplished. As the years unfolded, however, UNSCOM became more and more bogged down in the morass of political agendas. By the time we knocked on the door of the Ministry of Defense on that warm March day in 1998, UNSCOM was operating in very murky waters indeed. The story of how I got to be at the center of this political game is also the story of how the UN weapons inspection regime came to be consumed by opposing political agendas.
21 Chapter 2 The Bumpy Road to Independence December 1991–February 1992 With the unusual intelligence alliance of UNSCOM and the CIA in place, Roger Hill and I landed in Bahrain to oversee its implementation. In contrast to the winter air of both New York and London, Bahrain greeted us with a blast of heat and humidity. We were met by oﬃcials from the UNSCOM ﬁeld oﬃce, who processed us through Bahraini immigration and customs, and put us on buses to the Holiday Inn Hotel in Manama, Bahrain’s capital city.
We were ﬂying a line which roughly paralleled the Tigris river, a brown meandering ribbon of water below us. On either side of the river were large green swathes of the palm groves. We saw irrigation canals emanating from the river, creating a bolt of green ﬁelds to stab their way into the tans and browns of the desert, and gray highways, heading north towards Baghdad. There was a lot of nervous energy among those of us who were not sleeping; we were heading into an unknown situation armed only with our wits and the skills we had developed as a team in the previous forty-eight hours.