This book paints a vivid picture of everything wrong Iraq was doing and how big of a threat they really were and how they could have been a much bigger threat if they ever got their nuclear program off the ground. Pretty scary to think how close they were to producing nuclear warheads. After hearing this, it further diminished my view of the Clinton administration, same goes for Bush, although that had already pretty much bottomed out.
Ritter's solution is somewhat idealistic, but it would have been the right path to take to get the nation, and the world, behind us if/when the U.S. had to go to war. I think his appraisal of the situation, particularly how important public support is and the need for full on war, is spot on. Instead our gov't did the exact opposite and we all see how well that is working out. Maybe his solution wouldn’t have worked, but it would have a clear plan of action one way or the other, peace or war, with a solid foundation based in reason for each.
The American people should listen to this audiobook and they would understand how the Clinton Administration failed to address the role of the Iraqi Government in it pursuit of chemical, biological and nucleur weapons (WMD). While many believe that Iraq did not possess these weapons, it is quite clear that they were hiding something. Perhaps, history will tell how naive and willing the American public believes that Iraq did not possess or try to possess WMD. This is a good audiobook but kind of dry in presentation.
An excellent overview of the history of the situation, and a concise and rational (if somewhat idealistic) proposal of action. It is surprisingly prescient, and one wishes that the international community had listened to him!
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