Charles Duelfer, former Director of the Iraq Survey Group, on his new book Hide and Seek: the Search for Truth in Iraq, in conversation with Robert Litwak, Director of International Security Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Charles A. Duelfer replaced David Kay in January, 2004 as the leader of the Iraq Survey Group, which was the United States' search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. His investigation has uncovered several bribes in the Oil for Food program, numerous violations of proscribed weapons research and facilities, but no stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.
He served as deputy executive chairman of the UN Special Commission on Iraq from 1993 to 2000 and deputy head of the United Nations weapons inspections team from 2003 to January 23, 2005.
His name is commonly given to the final report of the Iraq Survey Group, the Duelfer Report.
In 2009 his book, Hide and Seek: The Search for Truth in Iraq was released.
Robert Litwak is Director of International Security Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and a Consultant to the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Dr. Litwak served on the National Security Council staff as Director for Nonproliferation in the first Clinton administration.
His most recent books are Rogue States and U.S. Foreign Policy: Containment after the Cold War and Regime Change: U.S. Strategy through the Prism of 9/11.
Dr. Litwak has held visiting fellowships at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Russian Academy of Sciences, Oxford University, and the United States Institute of Peace. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and received a doctorate in international relations from the London School of Economics.
He does a lot of stumbling over this last question, when the simple answer is ,Bush cared not what Saddam had or had not...War and profit was on the agenda for Cheney,Rumsfeld,Rice,etc.also papa Bush through Haliburton and the Carlyle Group.
I'm amazed this is touted as some Intelligent information , seems very obvious to me why Saddam would act they way he did. It doesn't take enormous amounts of knowledge of history to come to this conclusion. I do however agree with most of his assessments and am sure the book is a decent read.