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HOW WE GOT INTO IRAQ AND HOW TO GET OUT


U.S. Tour of Duty presents
HOW WE GOT INTO IRAQ AND HOW TO GET OUT
Featuring in person: SCOTT RITTER

Monday, December 5, 7:30-9:00 PM at Venice United Methodist Church, 1020 Victoria Avenue, Venice (1 block north of Venice Blvd. at Lincoln Blvd.)

Join Scott Ritter, former UN Weapons Inspector and author of Iraq Confidential (Nation Books), and Lila Garrett, host of KPFK's "Connect the Dots," for an incisive discussion on how to extract ourselves from the Iraq quagmire.

A book sale and signing will follow the event.

Doors open 6:30 PM. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Suggested donation: $10 (nobody turned away)

For more information call 310.842.8794 or visit www.ustourofduty.org

U.S. Tour of Duty, a non-profit project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (www.saveourplanet.org), supports the anti-war advocacy of Iraq veterans, military families, policy analysts, and performers by organizing public forums, developing communication strategies, and producing video content.

IRAQ CONFIDENTIAL: The Untold Story of the Intelligence Conspiracy to Undermine the UN and Overthrow Saddam Hussein

By Scott Ritter
With Foreword by Seymour Hersh
Published by Nation Books

IRAQ CONFIDENTIAL is a dramatic exposé of intelligence espionage by a staunch U.S. patriot who the CIA wanted to silence. Scott Ritter¹s first-hand account reveals in detail how the CIA manipulated and sabotaged the work of UN departments to achieve the United States¹s hidden foreign policy agenda in the Middle East. Iraq Confidential is an astonishing revelation of the CIA¹s imperial arrogance.

After the 1991 Gulf War, Scott Ritter helped lead the UN weapons inspections in Iraq and found himself at the center of a dangerous game between the Iraqi and US regimes. Operating in a fog of espionage and counter-espionage, Ritter and his team were determined to find out the truth about Iraq¹s WMD. The CIA was equally determined to stop them.

We now know that Iraq was playing a deadly bluffing game and actually had no WMD. But whoever revealed this truth would have derailed America¹s drive for regime change and made a mockery of our country¹s highest officials.

In Iraq Confidential, Scott Ritter reveals new information on:

· The refusal of the State Department, the National Security Council and the CIA to accept UNSCOM¹s assessments of Iraq¹s SCUD capacity and how it smeared UNSCOM¹s report (pp. 67-73, pp. 85-87).
· How the CIA sabotaged UNSCOM operations and the information collected by UNSCOM (pp. 130-132, pp. 201-205, pp. 215-221).
· The extent to which UNSCOM was unwittingly used as a CIA tool in the secret coup attempt of 1996 (pp. 153-154, pp. 163-169, p. 176, pp. 219-220).
· The working culture of the CIA‹how they disguise themselves (pp. 122-125) and conduct their internal battles by proxy through other agencies (pp. 78-85).
· Details of Israel¹s secret intelligence co-operation with UNSCOM (pp. 94-100, pp. 135-136) and the withdrawal of that assistance at the behest of the US (pp. 282-284).
· Revelations about Ahmed Chalabi and other human intelligence sources in Iraq (pp. 257-259, pp. 267-268).
· The relationship between The White House, the Pentagon and UNSCOM
(pp. 270-277).
· How the ³special relationship² between Britain and America really works (Seymour Hersh called these sections ³dynamite²) (pp. 146-150, pp. 177-179).

Praise for Iraq Confidential:
³I find myself totally in sympathy with Scott Ritter's central proposition, which is not that the intelligence agencies failed, but that the intelligence was made subordinate to policy...
Scott speaks with the authority of someone who has been there.² ­The Rt. Hon. Robin Cook (1946-2005)

³A powerful record of the periodŠno one else could have done it.² ­Dillip Hiro, author of Iraq: In the Eye of the Storm

³Ritter¹s revealing testimony confirms what some of us have suspected, but never heard
set out so vividly.² ­John Kampfner, author of Blair's Wars and editor of the New Statesman

Scott Ritter was the UN's top weapons inspector in Iraq between 1991 and 1998. Before working for the UN he served as an officer in the US Marines and as a ballistic missile adviser to General Schwarzkopf in the first Gulf war.

Seymour Hersh is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist currently writing for the New Yorker. In his long and distinguished career he has been the first to expose many of the major scandals in US foreign policy, from the May Lai massacre in Vietnam to Abu Ghraib.

Lila Garrett is the host of "Connect the Dots," which airs every Monday morning on Pacifica's KPFK in Los Angeles from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM. She is the former president of Southern California Americans for Democratic Action and the founder and co-chair of Americans Against the War in Iraq, which placed the first ads against the war in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

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