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In this shocking exposé, William Rivers Pitt and former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter dismantle the myths surrounding Iraq’s present weapons capabilities to uncover the neo-conservative forces behind the White House’s push for war on Iraq.
During the seven years that U.N. weapons inspections took place in Iraq, Ritter and other inspectors confirmed that Saddam Hussein’s chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons programs had been effectively destroyed. This fact undermines the Bush administration’s false premise for waging war on Iraq.
Pitt and Ritter go on to explore the White House’s premise for war, demonstrating among many startling revelations, the utter lack of any plausible link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda. We learn that Osama bin Laden is in agreement with the Bush administration, and has called for the death of Saddam Hussein. Pitt and Ritter highlight the absurdity of Team Bush’s dual aim of bringing down Hussein and forcing democracy on a nation that has been divided for centuries. Ritter enumerates the many ways in which it is impossible for Iraq to pose a credible threat. WAR ON IRAQ closes with a stark forecast for American troops if a ground war ensues and urges the White House to seek a diplomatic solution before it is too late.
Posted July 6, 2004
In this extremely useful book, Scott Ritter, the former UN weapons inspector, and William Rivers Pitt, an expert on the Middle East, refute Bush and Blair¿s key allegation, that Iraq is a threat to us. This helps to derail the drive to war. Ritter worked for seven years in the UN¿s Special Commission, Unscom, charged with destroying all Iraq¿s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) capabilities. He states, ¿We can say unequivocally that the industrial infrastructure needed by Iraq to produce nuclear weapons had been eliminated.¿ ¿We eliminated the nuclear program, and for Iraq to have reconstituted it would require undertaking activities eminently detectable by intelligence services.¿ Similarly, Iraq has no chemical weapons capability. In 1996, Unscom destroyed Iraq¿s chemical weapons facilities. The weapons it did produce, VX gas and the nerve agents Sarin and Tabun, have only a 5-year life, so any stocks would now be harmless goo. Iraq has not been able to recreate these facilities. ¿The manufacture of chemical weapons emits vented gases that would have been detected by now if they existed. We¿ve been watching, via satellite and other means, and have seen none of this. If Iraq was producing weapons today, we¿d have definitive proof, plain and simple.¿ And Iraq has no biological weapons capability. In 1995, Unscom destroyed the factories and equipment producing biological weapons, which last only three years. Subsequently, ¿we never found any evidence of ongoing research and development or retention.¿ Nor does Iraq have the means to deliver the WMD that it doesn¿t have. ¿Iraq doesn¿t have the capabilities to do long-range ballistic missiles.¿ Ritter sums up, ¿Iraq has been fundamentally disarmed.¿ He also shows that there is no link, rather mutual enmity, between Iraq and Al Qa¿ida, that forced regime change would not lead to democracy, that invading Iraq would be far harder than evicting its forces from Kuwait, and that Bush¿s contempt for the UN could destroy it. Most worryingly, he points out that the Pentagon plans to use nuclear weapons if the US attack on Iraq starts to fail.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 20, 2003
this book was written before the war broke out, and so far, almost every conclusion that they made has come to pass. Many people have died, the iraqi millitary fought better than the bush administration expected (or pretended that they expected) and there have still been no weapons of mass destruction found. if more people had read this book, i wonder, would we be in iraq right now?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 20, 2003
If you've ordered this book and read it, then you've taken the first step to freeing your mind from all the garbage the media suffocates us with. And if you swallow these eye-opening books like I do then I earnestly recommed anything by Noam Chomsky, as well as these two books, which will no doubt enlighten you about the Bush administration and the war in Iraq: (1) War Plan Iraq: Ten Reasons Against War with Iraq (Milan Rai); and (2) STUPID WHITE MEN (Michale Moore). And if you love a good laugh, here's a satire on Bush and the media: The little samba boy (Jay Singh). The truth is out there.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 16, 2003
This book gives a very concise and well written description and history of the middle east but then turns around and provides very weak arguments for all the conclusions and speculation. Mr. Ritter seems to down-play every violation of the UN security council resolutions by Iraq and blame the US and the Department of Defense for insisting that the Iraq abide by the resolutions. He also seems to have a very poor confidence level in the US Military.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 17, 2003
The title above says it all. William Rivers Pitt delivers a concise, no-nonsense compilation of the facts regarding the Iraq situation. Buy several and pass them on to your friends. Let them read the unvarnished truth rather than the ratings-driven sensationalism offered by the mainstream media.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 13, 2002
The Iraq situation can well be addressed peacefully, this book powerfully argues. The book is mostly an interview with Scott Ritter, ex-Marine and key U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998. Ritter urges getting weapons inspectors back into Iraq for disarmament, rather than for ousting Saddam Hussein, an extremely counterproductive goal. To return the inspectors, Iraq needs reassurance that inspection won't again be abused to provoke military action or collect intelligence on Saddam Hussein. (Pages 71-2). There is a good chance a military campaign could fail, Ritter warns, because it assumes the Iraqi army won't fight , the Iraqi people will rise up, and once we show we're serious about removing Saddam, the international community will rally around us. (Page 62) Among Ritter's other important statements are these: "...Since 1998, Iraq has been fundamentally disarmed." (Page 28) "There are no facts to back up claimed connections between Iraq and Al Qaeda." (Page 51). Ritter paints a frightening description of what attacking Iraq could provoke. Please read it and share your views with our government. Many thousands of lives are at stake.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.