Hide and Seek: The Search for Truth in Iraq [NOOK Book]

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Charles Duelfer is one of the most senior intelligence officers with on-the-ground experience to have worked in Iraq before, during, and after the Gulf War. His 2004 CIA report is widely renowned as the most authoritative account on how the world was led to believe that Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction. But until now, Duelfer has never publicly shared his unrivaled expertise on just how the U.S.-Iraq relationship spiraled into a second war, and ultimately into chaos....
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Overview

Charles Duelfer is one of the most senior intelligence officers with on-the-ground experience to have worked in Iraq before, during, and after the Gulf War. His 2004 CIA report is widely renowned as the most authoritative account on how the world was led to believe that Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction. But until now, Duelfer has never publicly shared his unrivaled expertise on just how the U.S.-Iraq relationship spiraled into a second war, and ultimately into chaos.

Hide and Seek is his account—based on unparalleled access to Iraqi leadership, the White House, and the CIA—of the long and tragic unraveling of the U.S. relationship with Iraq. This book sees beyond the propaganda and deceits of both sides to tell the story of the miscalculations in assessing Iraq as a threat, why Saddam responded as he did to U.S. demands, and precisely how the U.S. implemented its decision to topple Saddam’s regime. No one is better able than Duelfer to see inside the mindsets of the two administrations, with their mismatched priorities, wounded pride, and dangerous ability to bluff and counterbluff.

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One of the few senior-level officials who dealt with Saddam Hussein's government on a regular basis before the U.S.-led invasion relates his experiences as a former weapons inspector and WMD hunter. Duelfer was deputy head of the United Nations weapons-inspection organization from 1993 to 2000, then head of the CIA-led Iraq Study Group (ISG), which fruitlessly searched for those much-touted weapons of mass destruction. The ISG's final report on Iraq in 2004 was known as "the Duelfer Report." Writing of conversations he had with high-level officials, including President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Colin Powell and FBI director George Tenet, Duelfer states that he found many in the government reluctant to accept the idea that Iraq lacked existing WMDs. The assumption was that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was fooling the inspectors in some way, hiding the weapons just out of reach. This mistaken assumption would help carry the United States into today's ongoing conflict with insurgents, one that Duelfer would experience firsthand. In 2004, a convoy of armored vehicles he was riding in was struck by a car bomb, destroying the vehicle behind his and killing two soldiers. Afterward, one of his colleagues grimly surveyed the twisted wreckage and said, "This isn't worth it." Duelfer ably sketches the frustrating and difficult history of U.S.-Iraqi relations and his part in them. However, his conclusions-that U.S. officials deeply misjudged Iraqi politics and society before and after the invasion-have already been expressed and written about by others. It's the author's on-the-ground experiences that make this book so engaging, and at times chilling. Shortly after the invasion, one Iraqisecurity official told him bluntly, "You know, to rule Iraq, you will have to become Saddam." That comment, Duelfer writes, would echo in his mind for a very long time. A knowledgeable look at Iraq from a unique perspective. Agent: Len Sherman/LSS Enterprises
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786744114
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 12/12/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,107,413
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Charles Duelfer served as the deputy chairman of the United Nations weapons inspection organization (the UN Special Commission on Iraq—UNSCOM) from 1993 to 2000. He was also the leader of the Iraq Survey Group, which was the CIA-led team charged with the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. His name is commonly given to the final CIA report of the Iraq Survey Group, the Duelfer Report. He lives near Washington, D.C.
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Table of Contents

1 Knowledge Is Costly 1

2 Cradle of Conflict 17

3 Shaping Regime Perspectives 37

4 Negative Feedback Loop: Saddam's Miscalculations 57

5 The UN Resolves 73

6 UNSCOM: The Great Game 91

7 Targeting Concealment 117

8 The End of UNSCOM 137

9 Breaking Out: No Inspections, Crumbling Sanctions 163

10 Transition 181

11 The New War 211

12 Getting Inside Iraq 225

13 The Beginning of Regime Change 249

14 Baghdad 273

15 The Generator 297

16 Governing in the New Iraq 309

17 Iraq Survey Group 331

18 Plato's Cave 347

19 Abed 363

20 Saddam 385

21 The Al Abud Network 413

22 The Comprehensive Report 441

23 Kansas 461

Notes 481

Acknowledments 509

Index 513

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Horrible book. Author seems to have studied at the Al Gore schoo

    Horrible book. Author seems to have studied at the Al Gore school of book writing as he strays off topic and down rabbit trails that provide little value. The ebook is riddled with errors of punctuation, spelling, hyphenation. So much so that these distract from the flow of reading. Seems like the book was scanned using poor quality optical character recognition software that generated these errors, and the editorial staff was lazy enough to not check. Result is a poor quality product for readers. Wish I could return to get my money back.

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