War critic Zinni to speak at Cal

zinni.jpgRetired U.S. Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni, a former commander in chief of the U.S. Central Command who is now among the most prominent military critics of the war in Iraq, will deliver the 2007 Sanford S. Elberg Lecture in International Studies at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, in the University of California, Berkeley’s Wheeler Auditorium.

Zinni, who’ll speak on “The Challenges for U.S. National Security Policy,” is a decorated Vietnam War veteran and a four-star retired Marine general who from 1997 to 2000 served as head of the Central Command, responsible for U.S. forces in the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia — one of the U.S. military’s most demanding positions. During the 1990s he lead U.S. relief operations in Turkey and Iraq, the former Soviet Union, and Somalia.

Speaking of the Iraq War in April 2004, he said, “I have seen this movie; it was called Vietnam.” His newest book is “The Battle for Peace: A Frontline Vision of America’s Power and Purpose.”

Monday’s event is free, but tickets are required and available at the Cal Performances Zellerbach Auditorium box office; there’s a limit of two tickets per person, and all seating is general admission. For more information, call 510-642-2472.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.