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War critic Zinni to speak at Cal

By Josh Richman
Saturday, April 21st, 2007 at 4:34 pm in General, Iraq.

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.

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