January 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the start of Operation Desert Storm, as well as two decades of continuous American military involvement in the Persian Gulf region. A number of questions about that first Gulf War and its consequences have never been answered. Why was President George H.W. Bush so surprised that Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait? Did America’s intelligence community fail to warn him of the threat, or did he ignore their predictions of an invasion? Why did the CIA and the Pentagon deny so vehemently for so long that sick Desert Storm veterans were exposed to Iraq’s chemical agents?
Moreover – why does politics so often stand in the way of real intelligence information. and the proper use of it?
Tonight, Mike and Mark speak with Patrick G. Eddington about his time inside of the CIA, and his amazing book Long Strange Journey: An Intelligence Memoir, which not only details his career as a military analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency from 1988 to 1996 – but attempts to answer these very questions.
About the guest:
Patrick G. Eddington was a military imagery analyst at the CIA’s National Photographic Interpretation Center for almost nine years. He received numerous accolades for his analytical work, including letters of commendation from the Joint Special Operations Command, the Joint Warfare Analysis Center and the CIA’s Office of Military Affairs.
During his tenure at CIA, Eddington worked a wide range of intelligence issues. His analytical assignments included monitoring the break-up of the former Soviet Union; providing military assessments to policy makers on Iraqi and Iranian conventional forces; and coordinating the CIA’s military targeting support to NATO during Operation Deliberate Force in Bosnia in 1995.
Eddington received his undergraduate degree in International Affairs from Southwest Missouri State University in 1985. While at the CIA, Eddington took a one-year sabbatical to attend Georgetown University, earning a master’s degree in National Security Studies. Eddington spent eleven years in the U.S. Army Reserve and the National Guard in both enlisted and commissioned service.
Eddington’s opinion pieces have appeared in a number of publications, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and the Army Times, among others. Eddington has been a commentator on national security issues for the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, SKYNews, CNN, and other domestic and international television networks. His first book, Gassed in the Gulf, was featured on the September 20, 1997 edition of CSPAN’s “About Books” program. You can check out C-SPAN’s collection of his appearances here. He and his wife Robin live in Annandale, Virginia with their three Border Collies/mixes, Jack, Coco, and Jib.