Best-selling author and international journalist Reese Erlich will speak at BHSU Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy room.

Best-selling author and veteran journalist Reese Erlich will make a stop at Black Hills State University on his national speaking tour looking at how and why he believes the United State lost the war in Iraq.

The presentation titled “Who Won the Iraq War?” is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy room. The talk is free and open to the public. Erlich will also speak about his recent experiences covering the Arab Spring in Syria, Egypt, Libya and nearby countries.

In January 2003, Erlich along with fellow journalist Norman Soloman predicted many of the Iraq War’s disasters in their best-selling book “Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You.”

Erlich notes that in the 10 years since the March 20, 2003 invasion, Iraq has almost dropped out of the national discussion of U.S. foreign policy. The mainstream media, which acted as cheerleaders in the months leading up to the war, are almost silent about Iraq today. According to Erlich, the United States has now lost the war that should have never started.

Reese Erlich's history in journalism goes back 45 years. He first worked as a staff writer and research editor for Ramparts, an investigative reporting magazine published in San Francisco from 1963 to 1975. Today he works as a full-time print and broadcast, freelance reporter. He reports regularly for National Public Radio, CBC, ABC (Australia), Radio Deutsche Welle and Market Place Radio. His articles appear in the Global Post and Christian Science Monitor. His television documentaries have aired on PBS stations nationwide.

Erlich’s book, “The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of US Policy and the Middle East Crisis” was published in 2007. “Dateline Havana: The Real Story of US Policy and the Future of Cuba” was published in 2009. “Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence and Empire” was published in 2010.

For more information contact Dr. Mitch Hopewell, interim director of educational outreach, at 605.642.1241 or Thomas.Hopewell@BHSU.edu.