Wayne White, the former Director Deputy Director of the State Department’s Beareu of Intelligence and Research Office of Analysis for the Near East and South Asia and Adjunct Scholar at the Middle East Institute, explains why the U.S. must withdraw from Iraq, what he knows about the Bush administrations claims about Iranian bombs being sent to Iraq and plans to bomb Iran which include as many as 1500 sorties and attacks against their entire military infrastructure as well as some of the likely ways they could fight back.
MP3 here. (38:38)
White most recently served as Deputy Director of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research Office of Analysis for the Near East and South Asia. White also served as principal Iraq analyst and head of INR/NESAâ€™s Iraq team from 2003 to 2005. He was Chief of INRâ€™s Maghreb, Arabian Penninsula, Iran and Iraq division and State Department representative to NATO Middle East working groups from 1990 to 2002.
Mr. White served as Political Officer at the US interest section in Baghdad in 1983.
From 1978-1979, Mr. White served as a US Sinai Field Mission peacekeeper. White joined INR/NESA in 1979 as editor of INRâ€™s Arab-Israeli Situation Report, and as an analyst for Iraq. He then served as Senior Analyst for Syria and head of NESAâ€™s Lebanon Crisis Team.
White has traveled extensively in West Africa, North Africa, the Levant, Iraq and the Gulf. He has received the State Departmentâ€™s Superior Honor Award five times, INR Analyst of the Year, and National Intelligence Medal for Outstanding Achievement and the Secretaryâ€™s Career Achievement Award.
A Philadelphia native, White has a BA and an MA in Middle East history from Penn State University.