Former CIA Presidential Briefer Speaks Truth to Power, Makes His Case in Recently Published Collection of Essays on War in Iraq

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Ray McGovern, a CIA veteran of 27 years, recently (and successfully) challenged the Secretary of Defense on the misrepresentation of intelligence used to get the US into Iraq. McGovern's complete argument is available in a comprehensive essay contained in a groundbreaking new collection on the war released just last year and due out in paperback this fall.

On May 4, 2006, Ray McGovern, a 27-year veteran of the CIA and former briefer of President George H. W. Bush, asked Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld why he "lied" to get us into a war in Iraq.

Though Rumsfeld asserted that he "did not lie," McGovern insisted that the Secretary said he "knew where the WMD were." Rumsfeld denied making that statement, but McGovern had at hand a direct quote from the Secretary indicating that Rumsfeld said precisely that.

Since that Thursday in Atlanta, the major media and the blogosphere has been buzzing with discussion of whether McGovern was right to say that Rumsfeld "lied" and whether Rumsfeld did or did not participate in willful misrepresentation of the facts to lead the nation to war.

This ongoing discussion, arguably one of the most candid since before the March 2003 invasion, was prompted only by only two comments from McGovern and a couple of direct Rumsfeld quotes. But there’s more to the story.

McGovern makes his complete case in a new and comprehensive essay recently published in a groundbreaking collection on the war in Iraq. "Subtly" titled Neo-CONNED! and Neo-CONNED! Again, the two-volume anthology presents the full roster of arguments made by McGovern and his colleagues, including recently retired military officers, CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency professionals, and military war-college professors.

The centerpiece of the second volume, Neo-CONNED! Again, is McGovern's chapter, "Sham Dunk," a comprehensive look at the intelligence fiasco that was the foundation of the Bush administration's case for toppling Saddam Hussein.

In his chapter, McGovern expands the arguments he made to Donald Rumsfeld in Atlanta, about the absence of evidence for pre-war ties between Iraq and al-Qaeda, about the Defense Department's effort to circumvent the intelligence community's judgment on that subject, and on the other major charges relating to Iraq's alleged WMD.

This chapter is a not-to-miss expose of McGovern's thesis, and a clear indication of what the facts are and whose interpretation of events they support. An excerpt from his chapter is available at and his full essay is available in Neo-CONNED! Again; direct from the publisher at or 877-447-7737; or from and the other major online and brick-and-mortar booksellers.

McGovern's editor and publisher, himself a Washington insider and former submarine officer and Pentagon employee, is available to discuss McGovern's important role in the national debate on Iraq, and can offer details on McGovern's position as expressed in his crucial contribution to the recently published "Neo-CONNED! Again".


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