Former Congressman Joseph M. Hoeffel to discuss new book at Rydal Park

August 27, 2014

Rydal Park Library hosted former Pennsylvania Congressman and Abington Township resident Joseph M. Hoeffel to discuss his  book The Iraq Lie: How the White House Sold the War at the Auditorium at Rydal Park on Monday, Sept. 15.

The Iraq Lie: How the White House Sold the War (Progressive Press, July 2014) is Hoeffel’s first book. In it, he reveals how Congress struggled and failed to resist the war in Iraq and his own regret at believing deceptions perpetrated by the Bush White House to gain support for the war. To prevent this from happening again, Hoeffel proposes reforms that would require full public disclosure of intelligence and a clear mandate from Congress before any major military action.

Nancy Pelosi, minority leader of the United States House of Representatives and the 60th Speaker of the House, said, “Congressman Hoeffel offers his readers a candid and unsparing insider’s account of one of the most consequential Congressional votes in modern history – the fateful decision to authorize war with Iraq. This wrenching and detailed assessment of the misleading case for war presented to the American people provides an important new perspective on the rush to invade Iraq.”

Philadelphia native Hoeffel served in elected public office for 25 years. A former member of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners from 1977 to 1984, he was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and he served Pennsylvania as a member of Congress from 1999 to 2004.  Hoeffel’s knowledge of international relations, congressional practices and intelligence reform provides the perspective for his writing, and he is a regular commentator in print, radio and television.