Iraq Confidential: The Untold Story of the Intelligence Conspiracy to Undermine the UN and Overthrow Saddam Hussein

By Scott Ritter

Scott Ritter is the straight-talking former marine officer who the CIA desires to silence. After the 1991 Gulf warfare, 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 unearths during this explosive e-book, Washington used to be purely attracted to disarmament as a device for its personal schedule. working in a fog of espionage and counter-espionage, Ritter and his workforce have been decided to determine the reality approximately Iraq’s WMD. The CIA have been both decided to prevent them. the reality, as we now recognize, was once that Iraq used to be taking part in a perilous video game of double-bluff, and truly had no WMD. yet to have printed this may have derailed America’s force for regime change.

Iraq Confidential charts the disillusionment of a staunch patriot who got here to achieve that his personal govt sought to undermine potent palms regulate within the heart East. Ritter indicates us a global of deceit and betrayal within which not anything is because it turns out. a number of characters from Mossad, MI6 and the CIA pepper this robust narrative, which incorporates revelations that would completely impact the continuing debates approximately Iraq.

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We made our as far back as our parked Nissan Patrols, enduring the grins and laughter of the Iraqi minders, who have been truly having a great time at our price. My sub-team took a very pointed ribbing given our activities on the sewage plant. whereas open air I did my top to preserve my composure, inside of I boiled over with anger and frustration. ‘John Bird,’ i assumed to myself, ‘is this the simplest you could get a hold of? ’ the subsequent morning the crew headed out west in a wide convoy, bedding down for the evening open air the city of Al Qaim in trailers as soon as utilized by Polish building staff whereas they equipped an incredible phosphate plant situated within reach. We have been within the middle of SCUD state. in the course of desolate tract typhoon, the Iraqi missile strength had operated with relative impunity from the Al Qaim region in the course of the conflict. UNSCOM 24 spent days sweeping the realm round Al Qaim for any hint of a SCUD strength. We came upon none. John Bird’s music list in basic terms received worse. A�er Al Qaim, we shi�ed our a�ention to the Shab al-Agharri wadi complicated, the place Larry Smothers had declared, with nice confidence, the life of hidden SCUD bunkers. I knew from my Gulf struggle event that the proposal of SCUDs working during this sector of western Iraq was once illusory. We sought for SCUD bunkers in useless. John Bird’s model of the good SCUD Hunt had fizzled out. three 29 Iraq Confidential The inspection used to be over. It used to be transparent that we needed to swap how inspections have been being conceived and deliberate. We couldn’t easily base our inspections on what the CIA had briefed us to examine. the data supplied through John chook used to be uniformly bad in caliber, which then begged the query: why used to be the CIA pushing for this actual inspection at this actual time? UNSCOM knew that the CIA had wri�en a paper a�er the Gulf battle giving Saddam Hussein below six months to outlive the fallout from army defeat and bankruptcy. a few commentators had stated that the inspection regime used to be designed extra to place strain on Iraq so that it will hasten the departure of Saddam than it was once to really find guns of mass destruction. From what we had saw in the course of UNSCOM 24, this used to be not any such far-fetched thought. The dominance of the CIA within the UNSCOM 24 strategy, the place the inspection had pre�y a lot been deliberate by means of the CIA sooner than John fowl briefed the ambitions to us in ny, was once unacceptable to a company like UNSCOM, charged with enforcing safeguard Council resolutions with integrity and independence. I again from Iraq in time to hitch my kin for the Christmas vacation. On my go back to UNSCOM a�er the recent 12 months, it didn’t take lengthy for the problem of UNSCOM-CIA relatives to resurface, back during the individual of John chook. lower than a brand new protection Council answer, which have been handed in October 1991, Iraq was once obliged to claim its guns amenities so they should be monitored. The Iraqis got a thirty-day cut-off date to claim their facilites. That date – St Martin's Day – got here and went with not anything from the Iraqis.

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