A roundtable discussion was held on September 12, 2011, at Busboys & Poets in Washington, D.C. It featured Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, US Army (ret), an ex-Chief of Staff to Secretary of State, Colin Powell. Ralph Nader was on the panel and also served as the moderator for the event. It dealt generally with the "US government's reaction to 9/11." Col. Wilkerson, an avid student of history, said: "The American Republic is expiring." He emphasized that Saddam Hussein had "no connections" to 9/11, and that the CIA Intelligence reportedly showing that he did "was fabricated." Col. Wilkerson underscored that the lethal and costly Iraq War, which was launched by the Bush-Cheney Gang, based on serial lies and deceptions, wasn't "in the national interest."