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Two Who Got It Right: Scott Ritter in Conversation With Robert Scheer

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Posted on Mar 20, 2007
Scheer and Ritter

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer interviews Scott Ritter.

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Scheer: Thinking about nuclear weapons and reading your book, and the whole idea that we scare people with these things—and they are very scary. ...  There’s a certain assumption that some people can be trusted with them but others cannot, and your book sort of deals with that issue.  Because it’s very disturbing for instance in the Mideast—well, why should Israel have it?  And how are you going to tell these Iranians that they can’t have it?  India, for example.  The majority of people in India think they need one.  Majority of people in Pakistan think they need one.  And when you talk about this sort of ethnocentric view, it’s actually startling that most Americans seem to be unaware or don’t care that we are actually the only ... that the one nation we think can be most trusted with these weapons is the one nation in the world that actually used these weapons to kill large numbers of people.  [Audience member: That’s right.]

Ritter: And more importantly, it’s not that we used them: We’re the only nation out there right now that has embraced a policy of pre-emptively using nuclear weapons in a non-nuclear environment, the current nuclear posture of the Bush administration.  We’re the only nation that doesn’t view our nuclear weapons as a deterrence but rather as a viable tool of problem solving.  Hence the renaming of certain categories of weapons as usable nuclear weapons that are fully integrated into the initial strike plans of many of our military contingencies that exist today.  And what does this say?  That old saying that absolute power corrupts absolutely is absolutely true.  Nuclear weapons give you a false sense of security.  It’s an argument I’ve made over and over again with the Israelis, that the nuclear weapon possessed by Israel only hastens the guarantee of Israel’s demise.  That if Israel wants to live long-term and enjoy the fruits of peace and prosperity, they not only need to figure out how to live as co-equals with their Arab partners in the region but they need to get rid of their nuclear weapons.  Because if you own a nuclear weapon, those who oppose you will always seek to have the equivalent of it.  Iraq, when they were trying to acquire their nuclear weapon, realized it would take many years to get a nuclear weapon, and that’s why they went very rapidly forward with chemical and biological weapons, strategic weapons that gave them equivalency of the Israeli nuclear weapon in terms of deterrence.  Look at the tracing.  We started with a nuclear bomb; the Russians got it.  The Russians got it; the Chinese got it to counter the Russians.  The Chinese got it; the Indians got it.  The Indians got it; the Pakistanis got it.  Where’s it going to stop?  It’s never going to stop.  The only way to deal with nuclear weapons is to walk that dog all the way backwards to the very beginning, and it ends with nobody having nuclear weapons.  That’s it.  [Audience applauds.]

Scheer: And just so we understand what these weapons do, if that had been a primitive nuclear weapon of, say, the kind we dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in Manhattan, there would not be a Manhattan and we wouldn’t be having this discussion because we wouldn’t be having civil liberty.  So we shouldn’t underestimate the power of these weapons

Ritter: Both the physical power, but also the psychological power of these weapons.

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Scheer: Yes, the psychological power is very real.  I remember visiting Chernobyl after that disaster and the absolute fear that gripped the scientists and the military people around there.  But going along with that line—. So, we’re concerned about the proliferation of weapons.  You mentioned Pakistan.  We had sanctions against Pakistan when they developed their weapon.  Those sanctions were lifted because Pakistan was needed to be an ally in the war on terror, and then it turns out, of course, as you mention in your book, the case of Khan, and you have a very lively discussion that it was the “father of the Pakistan bomb” who was actually the major person involved in this proliferation of this technology.  And then just yesterday, I believe, George W. Bush, President Bush, chided Pakistan for actually abandoning the war on terror in Pakistan.  The Taliban is growing, the al-Qaida, the leaders of course have not been captured.  So how do you connect this with the war on terror?  Do you think that this president has made us any safer?  That he’s dealing with this in any serious way?

Ritter: The global war on terror is a misnomer.  You can’t have a global war on terror; it’s just impossible to do that.  The mistake we made on September 12th, one of many, was invoking war as a response to a criminal act.  I’m not here to debate conspiracy theories on 9/11.  I’m going to go with my working premise, which is, we were attacked by terrorist criminals who committed a crime by hijacking four airplanes, and then committed mass murder with these weapons.  That’s where I start: A crime was committed against America.  A crime was committed against the world.  And the appropriate response—.

Scheer: Using very primitive weapons, though.

Ritter:  In a very sophisticated way.

Scheer: Yeah.

Ritter: It wasn’t nuclear bombs; it was airplanes.

Scheer: But there were $3 knives.

Ritter: Yeah, using the box cutters and all that.

Scheer: Which now has justified this enormous buildup of sophisticated weaponry.  But go on.

Ritter: And also, TSA getting me to take my shoes off tonight at the airport.  The bottom line is: A crime was committed.  The appropriate response was we turn to the world as the world was willing to receive us and we say, “We must unite in defense of the rule of law.”  [Audience applauds.] That lawless elements cannot be tolerated in global society.  Instead we declared a war on terror, and what did we do?  We became terrorists ourselves.  How do you differentiate between somebody flying an airplane into a building, killing 3,000 people, and an American bomber flying at 30,000 feet and dropping a 2,000-pound bomb on an Afghan wedding party because we misidentify the target?  Who’s the terrorist?  How do we condemn the al-Qaida operatives for sneaking across the border and blowing things up?

Scheer: To play devil’s advocate here, the one was done deliberately, the other was not.

Ritter: Terrorism is terrorism.  OK, what about the MEK?  What about the CIA funding of Baluchi operatives in Pakistan who crossed the border into Iran, blowing up a car bomb, killing Iranian revolutionary guards?  Is that not an act of terror?  Or is that an act of freedom fighters expressing their natural desire to do the right thing?  The point is, the global war on terrorism is a misnomer.  We have created more harm than good.  Again, you don’t solve a problem without defining the problem.  And what we’ve done by reacting the way we have in Afghanistan is, we have not defeated the Taliban.  NATO is getting ready to receive a major spring offensive by the Taliban.  Al-Qaida not only was not defeated, al-Qaida has grown larger.  When we attacked al-Qaida in 2001 when we responded on their attack on us, they numbered around 8,000 operatives.  Today we’re talking 30-40,000 al-Qaida operatives.  They have greater bases.  We’ve turned Iraq into a recruiting ground of Wahhabist Islamic fundamentalism of a virulent, anti-American nature.  The world we live in is a much more dangerous place than you can possibly imagine because of George W. Bush’s global war on terror.  The smartest thing we could do is declare victory and say it’s over.  “The global war on terror is over.  Done.  We win.  Now let’s talk about bringing to justice criminals who violate the law on a massive scale.”  And then we get the world to join us.  But by declaring a global war on terror, we’ve empowered ourselves because this is an American, unipolar world, to do things such as the expansion of NATO. ... What does the expansion of NATO have to do with the global war on terror?  The Russians want to know that question, because as a response to the global war on terror we’ve not only expanded NATO, but we’re now putting missile defense facilities in Poland and Czechoslovakia, prompting Russia to threaten to pull out of the INF treaty and build a whole new family of short-range and intermediate-range nuclear weapons armed against Europe.  So ask the Europeans how safe they feel now, threatened by Soviet nuclear missiles we were supposed to have terminated in 1987.  No, the world is a much more dangerous place thanks to George W. Bush.


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By Peter RV, March 20, 2008 at 11:33 am Link to this comment
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What a stupid comment from Gary Roberts.
Who exactly cares about the Scott Ritter’s sexual life when it is a question of a mass murder of more than a million of people? Is he telling the truth or not is the only thing that counts.
What exactly does Gary and his AIPAC cohorts hope to achieve with this kind of smears? Who cares what whores does Scott screw?
All they can prove he isn’t a ‘maricon’.
Good for him.

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By Jack, March 19, 2008 at 8:52 pm Link to this comment
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On this 5th bloody anniversary of one of the worst political lies in US history, I want to express my admiration for one man’s integrity.

M. Ritter is a man of Honor and Principles, something held to by a very few amongst us in the face of the hardships set before him.

A model for us all!

Thank You Sir!

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By Truth Be Told, January 13, 2008 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment
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You’re joking right. You guys are so funny. How you try to discredit people who tell the truth. These are clever tricks that allow the truth to be hidden for a while but sooner or later it always comes out. Good will always triumph evil. So try as you may, you cannot run and you cannot hide from it. He was right on this point and you and everyone like you failed your country.

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By Douglas Chalmers, October 6, 2007 at 6:06 am Link to this comment

In a recent Truthdig article, Robert Scheer stated that “box-cutters” were used by the 9/11 hijackers - despite his earlier article questioning the genuineness of the official version of that incident. Who, then, is the real phoney???

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By samantha millard, October 5, 2007 at 11:17 am Link to this comment
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how can i help?

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By Gary Roberts, September 3, 2007 at 7:04 pm Link to this comment
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What changed Mr. Ritters mind about going to war with Iraq?  Why was Mr. Ritter’s sex offence arrest records sealed by court order?  It is important to me to know what Mr. Ritter’s defense on the two issues.  I have passed the URL which leads to Scott Ritter’s video transcritted interviews with Roberts Scheer to a number of my friends before I was aware of his sex-scandal arrest.

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By cwinter, August 1, 2007 at 7:24 pm Link to this comment

Scott Ritter is an American hero.  He has consistently been right all the while marginalized by politicos and the media.  They should get their heads out of their asses, listen and learn.  He is a truth seeker and truth teller. We would be a much better country if there were more like him.

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By Nitro, May 24, 2007 at 10:21 pm Link to this comment

bob hollister (72493), I don’t have any proof that Mr. Scott Ritter is a coward, but being an X-marine as he is, he didn’t come across as a coward. I never knew a coward Marine anyway! Careful…

And Iraq is up to it’s ass in terrorism, NO DOUBT! I thought removing the big terrorist dick supporter and the terrorists were our main and only objective. BUT… since then, we find out differently don’t we? And now we find out it wasn’t about removing the terrorists, it’s about controlling their oil, or at least according to the Dem. Now report this evening on FSTV, only 80% of it and that will be “Privatized.”

The terrorism keeps on keeping on, because our chicken shit President and all the chicken shit on Capitol Hill, WILL NOT support our troops or do the job we went to do, and only keep the terrorism stirred up. You know what that white stuff is on top of chicken shit is don’t you? It’s still chicken shit!

And since Nam… just like now… No parts, No food, No bullets, No food, they don’t give a damn now, just like they didn’t give a damn then, and just like then, just like now, STILL CANNOT BE TRUSTED! NEVER WILL EVIDENTLY!!!

My heart crys out for your son, like friends of mine son’s, just like my heart cried out in Nam… Give us something to fight with!!! Let us do the job we came to do and come home. But that’s not going to happen is it? Just like then… just like now…

So from one By God Patriotic American new Independent to another… Door Gunners Rule! Come and get some…

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By bob hollister, May 24, 2007 at 6:11 pm Link to this comment
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Ritter is a cowardly traitor and cares only about himself and whatever he can glean from his former position.  Anyone who still believes that Iraq wasn’t and still isn’t up to their necks in terrorism is dangerously and blissfully ignorant. 

Only a fool would relish war.  I am a viet nam vet and I don’t trust the government at all, but WE ARE THERE AND WE CANNOT LOSE THIS WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!  A country is only as good as it’s word…if we abandon them now, not only will the terrorists believe we have a paper ass hole, so will the world.

Make no mistake, what congress is doing has already affected the ability of our troops to do their jobs.  My son is in Iraq and they can’t get replacement parts for equipment.  They have gone from mess food to MRE’s. It won’t be long before it all grinds to a halt.  Surrender has become enough of a policy that they should pass an amendment to sanction it.

Say hello to a newly registered Independent.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, April 22, 2007 at 4:48 am Link to this comment
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The question that reveberates in my mind ,having lived through Viet Nam ,how do we get involved in wars and then learn the facts and debate them after we are in?My generation ,I am 60,supposedly knew better we had learned through Viet Nam that the government was not to be trusted.I find it unconscionable that my generation blindly followed its government into war.
That Scott Ritter and others and there were many were not listened to and instead George Bush’s voice was substituted for people who had actual knowledge of the situation.To paraprase Zola j,accuse the media.The American people need to thoroughly re examne what media they use to get their information.We cannot have thorough debates if those charged with informing us do not give us the facts.If the media fears being unpatriotic then they should quit their jobs and join the Marines.Everytime the media dismisses reason in favor of patritism we all lose.From Mccarthyism to Iraq which is the breadth of my life experience we as Americans have always suffered when the media wants to be red white and blue.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 21, 2007 at 2:49 pm Link to this comment

The Dimona nuclear reactor, in operation since early 1965, is the source of plutonium for Israeli nuclear weapons - http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/israel/dimona_pir.html

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 21, 2007 at 2:46 pm Link to this comment

Nitro; “...I thourougly enjoyed Mr. Ritters program on Dem. Now that, to me, proved beyond a shadow of a doubt, THERE WERE NO WMD in Iraq, just like there is no nuclear bombs waiting in Iran…”

Tehran invites Western nations to participate in construction of nuclear power plants across country -  http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3390367,00.html

Better to worry about the “Negev” nuclear research facility in Israel than the one at Natanz in Iran - they have been enriching uranium AND making WMD’s for the past 40 years!!!

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By Nitro, April 21, 2007 at 1:38 pm Link to this comment

I thourougly enjoyed Mr. Ritters program on Dem. Now that, to me, proved beyond a shadow of a doubt, THERE WERE NO WMD in Iraq, just like there is no nuclear bombs waiting in Iran, BUT, that was not what King George II wanted to hear, or wanted the American people to hear. That’s not what they have been conspiring to brain wash the American public with for the last 30 years. If there is no “threat” to the American people, then we would have no need for his saving grace and military action.
I’m only about 99 1/2% sure, that our own government leaders were responsible for the WTC attacks and what about tower # 7, that fell 6 hours latter, that was never reported on the “Main Stream Media Outlets.” And who really supported the terrorists on the USS Cole and Lybian embassy attacks? King George II and all his Neo Conservative good buddies? Why surely not. What a crock!
If King George II claims that if the American people and Congress are not for him, they’re against him…?
I’m really glad the light bulb came on for him. I’m so sick of being lied to for the last 30 years, and so glad Mr. Ritter & Mr. Scheer along with all the other Americans now that are finally not going to give up till we do get to the truth, it makes me want to go out and raise my flag pole another 10 feet!!!
Now is the time for ALL Americans to STAND UP and DEMAND the TRUTH & JUSTICE and not sit down till we do. The thing I wish all our Government leaders and PUBLIC SERVANTS would come to terms with, is they work for us, not us working for them.
Respectfully yours,
Nitro

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By Hopeyedontmind, April 20, 2007 at 3:48 am Link to this comment
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Hope you don’t mind my asking, but wasn’t this guy, Scott Ritter, thrown out of Iraq by Saddam’s gov. because he was spying for CIA when he should have been working for the U.N.?

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By vanjejo, April 14, 2007 at 4:08 am Link to this comment

The greatest shock of all is how these Straussian strangeloves, driven by Nietzschien craving for endless war, could possibly have made their way to the core of power in Washington.

The past 6 years have been an inspriation in AMERICAN history.  My curiosity was scratched by the media distribution of the “rats rats rats” subliminal campaign effort of the RNC.  The first google shock was after a search of “mind control subliminal message”.  Not one for “conspiracy theories” or propaganda journalism I took in half of what i read and tried to sort through the myths and extend my searches on the historical VALIDATION of some of the material.  Shocking….
IBM’s involvement in the concentration camps
Bushes link to “banking” (which is #1 on the list of not only NWO, the UN but also our own PNAC scheme.
Links with Belgiums 13 illuminati families.
Kissinger’s behind the scenes “advisement”.
on and on .... 
The push for a North American “union” with FTAA
immigration, INTEGRATION of ONE culture and one “universal” language. 

All indications support the changes we are seeing in this country - the diversion tactics, the history of promoted racism, proglumated fear etc…. all tried by countries hell bent on dictatorship.

Any time we hear repitition in wording - we are being used by these folks via the media *major media syndicates are generally OWNED by these very families* - stay the course, decider , liberation , code 3,2,1 - lol.  The ones we are hearing more and more of - “one world order” - “multi-cultural” - “diverse nation”  - compete with the world etc..
it is time to google Illuminati one world order. Type in skull and bones.  Try bohemian grove. It really is a historical lesson in the “oddness” of the very people we choose to trust.

This country was formed initially to depatriate these very type of “leaders” - but just as today, the email was “a mistake loss”—- the lost 13th ammendment specifically took citizenship AWAY from those who chose “foreign” money over America.
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/13th.htm

Proof in here - in this country.  An odd story of secret elitist and the formation of America’s stonehenge.  http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/hardtruth/thegeorgiaguidestones.htm


THE MESSAGE OF THE GEORGIA GUIDESTONES

1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
2. Guide reproduction wisely - improving fitness and diversity.
3. Unite humanity with a living new language.
4. Rule passion - faith - tradition - and all things with tempered reason.
5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
8. Balance personal rights with social duties.
9. Prize truth - beauty - love - seeking harmony with the infinite.
10.Be not a cancer on the earth - Leave room for nature - Leave room for nature.

Limiting the population of the earth to 500 million will require the extermination of nine-tenths of the world’s people. The American Stonehenge’s reference to establishing a world court foreshadows the current move to create an International Criminal Court and a world government. The Guidestones’ emphasis on preserving nature anticipates the environmental movement of the 1990s, and the reference to “seeking harmony with the infinite” reflects the current effort to replace Judeo-Christian beliefs with a new spirituality.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 13, 2007 at 11:00 am Link to this comment

The present dilemma revolves around Israel and Iran but what will Bush do without the co-operation of his own military as regards Iran and the lack of a viable “coalition of the willing”. Does that mean allowing Israel to attack by itself and then allowing the US to be dragged back into the Middle East(West Asia) on that prextext?

If so, the occupation of Iraq could be ended in a few weeks as US troops there are surged into Iran instead. No additional funding, no willingness on the part of the generals, no additional troops or any need for congress or the senate to approve anything - all piggy-backed on a pre-emptive strike by the IAF!!!

Of course, none of it is really necessary as there is no such thing as “the global war on terror” except in the minds of the fearful (really, the Israelis!). Further, the only real WMD’s in the region are known to exist in Israel and have been developed by its military since the Dimona nuclear reactor was commissioned there in 1960!

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By Terrence Sullivan, April 9, 2007 at 12:05 am Link to this comment
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Loved the interview!  Thanks bothe to Bob Scheer and Scott Ritter for trying to get out the truth.  Its a terrible shame that a portion of the American public can’t come to comprehend the “We got it wrong from the start, it continued to go wrong and has become without a doubt one of the most dispicable actions this country has ever been connected and responsible for.  Thieves and liars in the White House for personal gain without an ounce of credibility or conscience. Dispicable men and women who have only a agenda to better there own personal worth,no matter how they can do it , and it doesn’t matter who they do it to.  Sending young men and women off to die for a horrendous selfish decision. I too am ashamed of this administration and if you can stand there and tell the public you are proud of Bush/Cheney and their actions, then please take your head out of your ass so we can hear those stupid words loud and clear.

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By Matt, April 6, 2007 at 7:45 am Link to this comment
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There are multiple interests, both material and ideological, that drove the US into the fraudulent and unnecessary war against Iraq, as they are driving us into a new war against Iran that promises to be a catastrophe greater than Iraq by several orders of magnitude.

Of these various material and ideological interests, there is only one that generates sufficient political clout, in both parties, to tip the balance against sanity and make such wars politically unstoppable: Israel.

America’s unhealthy, slavish devotion to Israel is enforced by a seemingly unbeatable combination of the Israel lobby—with its powerful and passionate neoconservative network in the Bush administration, the foreign and military policy “think tanks”, and the corporate media—coupled with the end-times “Christian Zionist” fascists of the religious right.

If we could break the back of this monster, we could stop these wars. Neither the oil companies’ delight in wars that drive up oil prices, nor the defense contractors’ desire to have something to do, could ever generate the widespread political passion for war that the “defense of dear little Israel” is capable of mustering.

Look at the upcoming war against Iran. The economic consequences alone are bound to be crippling for the United States of America, and that includes corporate America.

Unblinded, Americans would see this and say “no f**king way!” That is, Americans would see this were it not for the fraudulent campaign to demonize Iran as a near-term “existential threat” to our fraudulent “ally” Israel. As long as the “Israel Panic Button” is there to be pushed in the American political psyche, insane wars for Israel’s benefit will be easy to start.

We must heed the words of George Washington and end this passionate attachment to Israel. It is an existential threat to our country.

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By shargash, April 4, 2007 at 11:49 am Link to this comment
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GIJoe, get your facts straight. The weapons inspectors were told to leave Iraq by George W. Bush prior to the US invasion. Here is CNN’s story (the bit about the weapons inspectors is a ways down in the bulleted list)—http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/meast/03/17/sprj.irq.main/index.html—but you can find dozens of confirmations of this by a simple Google search.

Of course, the fact that it is a lie doesn’t stop Bush from claiming (to this day) that Saddam ordered the weapons inspectors out. And of course, there are still the gullible among us who believe anything that lying POS says.

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By John Manyjars, April 2, 2007 at 4:54 am Link to this comment
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GI Joe,

I was in-theater in ‘90-91 for Bush I’s war in Iraq.

We ripped the s**t out of Hussein then- gutted his military and his WMD program. Ritter cleaned up the rest along with the UN.

Any movement of ‘WMD’, especially the ‘thousands of tons’ claimed by Rumsfeld et al, across the Syrian border would have been picked up by both ground intel and the many Joint STARS recon birds we had on patrol…

Quit drinking the Kool-Aid.

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By lani, March 28, 2007 at 10:49 pm Link to this comment
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Scott Ritter Rocks. I am overwhelmed by his intelligence , his dogged search for the truth, and his heroic character.

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By Truth Be Told, March 26, 2007 at 8:02 pm Link to this comment
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Thanks GI JOE!

It is unfortunate when an ignorant public regurgitates left wing/media bias. Check out marklevin.com and find the truth.

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By Doug Tarnopol, March 26, 2007 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment
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Hey, can we get the full unedited video? Just would like to see the entire thing…

Thanks!

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By Jackie T. Gabel, March 25, 2007 at 10:26 pm Link to this comment
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RE:  Comment #60288 by GI JOE  on  3/24  at  8:49 pm — “When history is finally written and the facts come out President Bush will be praised for his action.”

>>>>>>> correction

Bush will be shown to be a puppet who capitulated in the face of a rogue network of operatives in service to the New World Oligarchy — infamous for their unprecedented use of false flag terrorism to achieve the goal of destabilizing every despot regime in the Middle East that would not also capitulate to their demands. If not stopped soon, they will also be remembered for having started WWIII through a false flag provocation with Iran that will ultimately draw in Russia and/or China.

The greatest shock of all is how these Straussian strangeloves, driven by Nietzschien craving for endless war, could possibly have made their way to the core of power in Washington. The 911 coup should have been exposed the day it happened, instead the Main Stream Media (MSM) picked up and began resonating the Official Conspiracy Theory immediately.

Within days of the coup US Special Forces were occupying military bases in the former Soviet Republics around the oil-and-gas-rich Caspian Basin, with barely a word of it in the MSM — occupying bases right on the Russian boarder. Fortunately, Putin stood down, filing the event for something in the future no doubt. And, the MSM was fully complicit. Sorry to report: our so-called “free press” is now a totally compromised organ of state propaganda and our republic is a failed state. What to do, what to do?

Could be Bush/Co. et al are starting to feel like the Romanoffs. Reports have it that the Bush Clan has prepared an extravagant escape villa in Uruguay for the day it all hits the fan.

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By Lucid, March 25, 2007 at 2:14 am Link to this comment
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Scott Ritter has a short memory:

He says in the first video piece:

“as a weapons inspector we were reporting these facts [that Iraq was disarmed] ...in the fall of 1993”

Actually Scott reported quite the opposite to Elizabeth Farnsworth at PBS in August 1998:

“Iraq still has prescribed weapons capability. There needs to be a careful distinction here. Iraq today is challenging the special commission to come up with a weapon and say where is the weapon in Iraq, and yet part of their efforts to conceal their capabilities, I believe, have been to disassemble weapons into various components and to hide these components throughout Iraq.”

and on the need for a military deterrent against Iraq he continued:

“... without the real and credible threat of military force. ...You can’t expect to enforce the law unless you have the means to carry out the enforcement.”

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By GI JOE, March 24, 2007 at 9:49 pm Link to this comment
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Excuse me people, where do you think all those chemical weapons went? Sadaam Hussein killed 10s of thousands of Shiites and Kurds with them. That was fact my friends.
He got rid of them by shipping them to Syria and Lebanon. Do you really think a murderous dictator like Sadaam Hussein destroyed them as per the request of the United Nations? The U.N. inspectors themselves were trying to find this out but they were thrown out of the country.
Scott Ritter has his own money making agenda. Saadam had Chemical weapons and he knows it.
As for nuclear weapon, the U.N. and the Clinton Administration had intelligence information that Sadaam was working on developing a nuclear bomb. This was a known fact. When the inspectors were thrown out of Iraq what else could one think?
Bush acted on this information and decided Saadam and his Regime needed to go.
Bush got rid of a mass murdering monster. When history is finally written and the facts come out President Bush will be praised for his actions.

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By Ara G, March 24, 2007 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment
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I have been screaming these same thoughts for a long time now, only to be dismissed and labeled a fringe liberal loony or worse.

It is very refreshing to hear the same from a true patriot, a republican ex-marine with his credentials.

But when will the sheeple awaken…?

~A

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By Linda from NJ, March 23, 2007 at 7:38 pm Link to this comment
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There is one candidate that did have the same intel and voted against the war. He also has a bill in congress HR 1234 to end the war.His name is Dennis Kucinich and the power’s that be don’t want you to think he could win. They don’t want us to work for peace, that would cost the weapon makers too much money. Check out you tube to be the presedent, you just might start thinking for yourself instead of being feed bu—sh-

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By eClaire, March 23, 2007 at 5:45 pm Link to this comment
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To say we all needed to have been as knowledgeable about Scott Ritter to know that going into Iraq would make us all more unsafe and that our pre=emptive actionwould fly in the face of the rule of law, is to let many people off the hook.  A simple understanding of human nature and fairness could have guided many of the people who lusted for war when prodded by our president and the media. 

Indeed, many of us spoke out against the war and many of us also agree with Ritter than any reason for staying now will only further the bloodshed.  It doesn’t take a genius or a person as fully informed as Ritter to figure this out. 

I would wager to guess that most Republicans and Democrats who somehow think we must stay do so our of their own fears of being judged wrong politically rather than even a cursory assessment of the situation in Iraq. 

Yes we broke it, and we better be committed to assisting Iraq to recover from the rubble; in the meantime, it is time for American troops to stop occupying a country we had no right to occupy in the first place.

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By wykydred, March 23, 2007 at 4:20 pm Link to this comment
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Writerman,

From the start—before the war—Mr. Ritter was attempting to get the word out about the farcical “proof of WMD’s” in Iraq. He attempted to hit every talk show and outlet that would allow him to speak. None of the “respectable” shows actually wanted him on because he carried proof that there were no WMD’s in Iraq. And they certainly did not wish to have a man whose job it was to oversee first-hand the dismantling of Iraqi weapons when Saddam was in power. He had too much proof, and I watched him on The Daily News and every show that would have him as a guest.

From day one, he was the only man opening his mouth against the government and their “openly falsified ‘proof’” (as Mr. Ritter himself said) and fighting to reveal to the American idiots who refused to listen to him or even slightly take into consideration his mountain of actual proof from the field.

If it seems he’s very gung ho about the military, let us not forget the man is a former Marine who is not only proud of the Corps and his time served with them, but he is also proud of the dismantling work he did in Iraq to the very best of his ability, which did in fact include demanding that every bolt and screw be accounted for by Saddam’s people so there could be no question of the validity of the work he and his people were doing.

He is just a VERY diligent man who is simply living up to the dedication to perfection of job the Corps taught him, and he refuses to be ashamed of the military and what they teach and do. I shun using the word “hero” at him. But he has been the singular voice repeatedly raised despite threats and attempts to silence him from day one, so I have no difficulty defending him from conspiracy theories.

Not that I don’t believe in conspiracies. They are clearly no longer “theories”, but well-proven theorems under Bush & Co.

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By l.s., March 23, 2007 at 12:07 am Link to this comment
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it wont get any better than ritter.
a testament to lost america.

ritter prophecy unheaded.
counter-intuitive government policies.

the world has no choice but to shake us off.

isnt it ironic?

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By john sandoval, March 22, 2007 at 10:11 pm Link to this comment
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I will be buying the End “game” by Scott Ritter and place it next to “America what went wrong, a book written for Americans by two American Journalists. A book that exposes just how vile, vicious and corrupt American industrialists are to this very day.
First off; The so called ignorant American folks did not entirely elect G. W. B.
He was truly’ appointed by the US Supreme Court.
Ignorant as we might be – 50% of voters did not vote for George W Bush – in spite of the repetitious malicious lies !
Sixteen of the”Ragheads” that attacked the WTC were from “Saudi Arabia” not Iraq. That’s why John Kerry said; it is a wrong War, at the Wrong place, at the Wrong time !
The war in Iraq is like the US War to exterminate all American and Mexican Indians – it was done by religious fanatics for what they call “Manifest Destiny” a plan to conquer and dominate and rule nations by white religious doctrine.
That’s why American religious fanatics support George Bush’s War in Iraq.
Several US Generals stated that the methods and reasons for attacking “Mexico”  were unfair, malicious and shameful to say the least. (sound familiar ?)
Some of the founding fathers were Atheists – that’s why they set the rule about “Separation of Church and State.”
They knew that 50% of American citizens were ignorant, not knowledgeable about politics and elections. (many were illiterate) So they established “The Electoral College” - allowing them (professional politicians) to select the US President when ever the popular vote elected an incompetent candidate. Such as GWB the most shameful, inept, corrupt, ignorant,contemptuous,draft dodger, lier,arrogant and incompetent President America has ever had.
The “Federal Reserve Board” was established on 23 December 1913 – it was passed as a temporary fix and in that amendment, there is a stipulation that the Fed can be purchased and terminated for $420 Million dollars.
Nobody in congress has dared to move to purchase and terminate the unconstitutional “Federal Reserve Board” who charges us “prime rate interest” for the use of our own money. (the FED gets “prime rate interest” for nothing)
Bottom lines; The US Congress is not complying with their job responsibility !
That is why they shifted the authority to declare War to George W Bush.
American citizens for the most part are not ignorant. Some of us are working 16 hour work days just to make ends meet. There is no time left to acquire political knowledge for the Presidential Elections – the news media publishes anything that anybody pays for. NO ! We did not elect GWB – US Congress is not representing us. YES ! America needs an informed and participating people and a responsible Congress.
Jonathan

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By Jackie T. Gabel, March 22, 2007 at 7:09 pm Link to this comment
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RE: Comment #59928 by writerman  on  3/22  at  12:54 pm — “...Is he functioning as a “civilian” mouthpiece for sections of the military who are deeply concerned with the policies/abilities of not just the Whitehouse but the entire political rulling class?”

>>> could be something like that…

“Target Iran” - Ritter; “On the Brink” - Drumheller; “Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq” - Ricks; “State of Denial” - Woodward; “Triple Cross” - Lance, to name a few of what many view as “limited hangouts.” Books designed to peel back enough layers so as to reveal what’s needed to make the case for “failure,” “incompetence,” “dereliction of duty,” just shy of “treason,” mind you.

This is all to rein in the strangelove, madmen who’ve hijacked the military, in particular, and the means to fund it, so as to serve as a private expeditionary force for the New World Oligarchy, for the time being to salvage their collapsing perto-arms-drugs dollar, ultimately to deny all forms of democracy.

The 911 coup is an open secret in DC. The scramble is on to divert the Straussian neocons, driven by Nietzschien craving for endless war, and to do so before they start WWIII, but without blowing the coverup, triggering the biggest constitutional crisis since the Civil War and precipitating a global financial meltdown, which, unfortunately is inevitable.

Better to get it over with sooner than later; but don’t lose any sleep over your retirement, they’ve already looted the treasury; e.g. the 3-4 trillion gone missing from Pentagon accounting, the investigative records of which went down with WTC7, along with another trillion and change in various SEC investigations…all gone in a breath: “Pull it!”

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By Mick Kozmick, March 22, 2007 at 4:51 pm Link to this comment
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First I am compelled here to thank Bob Scheer for his courage and dedication to Truth. Both he and Mr. Ritter redefine patriotism in the true American democratic tradition i.e. Thomas Paine et al.

I’ve seen Mr. Ritter interviewed/speak several times now. Each time I have been impressed by the laser logic and the raw courage and candor with which he propounds his position.  But, never forget that as a former Marine, he is a member of the warrior class. As seductive as his plainspoken and elegantly simple and cogent analysis is, we must be always be vigilant that we do not deify those who seem to have courage and ‘all the answers’. The only thing that Ronald Reagan ever said that made any sense to me was….“trust…but verify…”

What neither he nor Mr. Scheer, did not discuss was the root cause of the so-called cultural illiteracy/ignorance of the American populace. Responsible journalism has been corrupted by corporate consolidation of so-called main stream media; the re-prioritization of form over substance, entertainment over truth. Mr. Ritter is right that the American people are ignorant…but it would be beyond naive to expect a level of commitment and understanding of the average voter necessary to make an informed decision on such complex matters.  In fact it is precisely the reason so many do not even vote—they are overwhelmed by the complexity. They’re so busy just trying to keep their job and raise a family, that they have little if any left at the end of the day. They are working more hours now than every before…and for essentially less money.

And that is why we have a representative form of government. In theory, we select leaders that we can trust to deal with these complexities.  The failure of the American political system is a failure of leadership…stated simply two words, Tom Delay-ness. 

The electoral process is so badly broken/dysfunctional and fraught with corruption, that until/unless we deal with the backroom dealers, there’s no chance to restore integrity and trust in the system.

The first step back to ‘walking the dog full circle’ should be meaningful campaign finance reform…

mi dos pesos($.0002US)

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By Beonda Pale, March 22, 2007 at 4:48 pm Link to this comment
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I would love to see this marine vs a loud mouth know-nothing like Bill O’Rielly.

Of course, it’s never going to happen

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By writerman, March 22, 2007 at 1:54 pm Link to this comment
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On a slightly ligher note, for all you conspiracy fans out there, I was just speculating about Scott Ritter for a moment. He said he’d worked for military intelligence and he has a great deal of respect for the US military and he expressed his admiration for the military in his own forthright fashion in the interview. Indeed the military seemed to be the only american institution he had any respect for.

I wonder, is Scott Ritter, in fact still working for military intelligence in some capacity? Is he functioning as a “civilian” mouthpiece for sections of the military who are deeply concerned with the policies/abilities of not just the Whitehouse but the entire political rulling class? Scott Ritter said himself that most of his brother officers agreed with him about Iraq and Iran.

Now, clearly the consequences for serving officers who openly oppose the political class are dire, so Scott Ritter serves a useful purpose as an outrider for the views of elements in the US military, in much the same way that John Murtha does speaking for the generals. What do you think?

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By writerman, March 22, 2007 at 1:42 pm Link to this comment
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I think Scott Ritter does a good job of debunking the nonsensical and absurd drivel that apparently underlines US policy in the Middle East. Most of what the Bush Whitehouse presents just doesn’t make sense and doesn’t stand up to even superficial analysis. Why is this? Can’t they do a better job justifying American foreign policy?

It’s here I begin to part company with Scott Ritter. He seems to believe that the Whitehouse is run by a gang of morons without a clue. That they are irational. I’m not sure about this. I think things are worse than that, far worse. Whilst Bush himself appears weak and intellectually challanged, the people around him are not, especially Dick Cheyney. He is rational, determined and utterly ruthless in his goal. His goal is to fight like a bulldog from hell to maintain the American way of life for as long as possible by any means necessary.

What really caracterizes the Bush Whitehouse is not their stupidity or ignorance, it’s their overwhelming cynicism and contempt for democracy.

The Bush gang are not fools, that is kind of cover or smokescreen, it’s the genorous interpretation of what motivates them, and it’s incorrect, dangerously incorrect.

I believe they do have a coherent strategy in the Middle East and it’s fairly simple, though it’s also outrageous and dastardly. For them America is in a life and death struggle, seen from their perspective, and it isn’t with the terrorists. It a battle for the future of the United States. And that future is based on who controls the Middle East’s oil supplies, not only access, but control. China could buy access to the oil and that’s half the point tool He who controls the oil and where it goes effectively controls the world. So, for them the very future of the United States and its way of life is at stake here. Were not playing for peanuts, but the future of the United States.

Clearly Bush cannot openly state that the United States has set its sights on controling Middle East oil, at least not yet, that may occur down the line a piece when the public have been softened-up and supplies start falling. At that stage, they calculate, the American public will be willing to support prett much any measures to safeguard their standard of living in a hostile and uncertain world. Only getting the mass of Americans up to speed in relation to this question will take care and time. Only we haven’t got time to waste. America has to grab the oil now, while it’s still strong and has the ability to project its power unopposed anywhere in the world and has now rivals. Should we sit back and let China take over the Middle East because we lacked the foresight to do it first?

It’s worth remembering that many people think the world’s supplies of high quality oil are dwindling at an alarming rate and that supply may soon outstrip demand by millions of barrels a day. In such a world controlling the Middle East and it’s oil is even more of a no-brainer.

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By 911truthdotorg, March 22, 2007 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment
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I agree 1000% with Jackie T. Gabel on the 9/11 subject.

Scott Ritter does need to develop even more “balls” and sit on that taboo “third rail” and start talking about the foundation for everything that this evil bush regime has relied upon to accomplish their barbaric agenda.

That taboo subject is what **really** happened on 9/11 and not the fairy tale of the “official” story. **THREE* WTC towers collapsed that day.

We need to demand a new, true investigation into 9/11!! It did not and could not have happened the way they say it did.

Wake up, America before it’s too late…that’s when bush pulls off his second fake terror attack as the pretext to bomb Iran, declares martial law and cancels the 2008 election. Then he’ll truly make himself king george.

Please watch the Google videos:
9/11 Press for Truth, 9-11 Justice (18 min),
9/11 Mysteries, Loose Change 2nd Edition, Freedom to Fascism.

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By Duris Maxwell, LL.B, March 22, 2007 at 3:59 am Link to this comment
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On April 23, 2003 at Page A01 the Washington Post published an article by Glenn Kessler and Dana Priest titled: U.S. Planners Surprised by Strength of Iraqi Shiites

After watching all of the conversations between Robert Scheer and Scott Ritter, this article is even more astonishing.

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By Robert, March 21, 2007 at 10:52 pm Link to this comment
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Ritter is calling it like he sees it.  I loved watching him years ago on tv when he was taking it in the teeth and not backing down.  That is a good lesson for all of us to remember.

As for me the little occultist in me thinks that GeeDoublYa is only going for his ultimate skull and bones ceremony and he is consuming souls to power up.

We should get an amendment to the constitution that repeals the IRS, the Federal Reserve and requires everyone to show up for basic training to defend ourselves against the Military Industrial Complex.

Peace Out.

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By Lord Byron, March 21, 2007 at 9:19 pm Link to this comment
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<Scott Ritter illustrates one of the ironic aspects of “democracy”, that one needs an informed and participating people for democracy to work.>

And that’s exactly why democracy isn’t working in the United States. But the Internet has allowed more discussion to take place that wasn’t taking place before and people are starting to question much more so called “mainstream media” as well as established “authority figures” and delve deeper into the reasons why a country will invade another country and start a fictitious war such as the “war on terror.” 

I was one of those who was against George W. Bush right from the start. I knew he was duplicitous, arrogant and contemptuous of American democracy. He represented the worst of American values and yet he represented that element in American culture which constantly seems to perpetuate itself. It’s the element that believes “might makes right” and “there is only one way to live.”

Thanks to people like Scott Ritter, maybe some Americans will finally wake up from their long slumber. But I do wish more people would see this interview with Scheer. Ritter is so bright, eloquent and passionate.  Thank you, Robert, for creating truthdig.com. Ritter, may you continue to share your invaluable wealth of knowledge with the rest of us “ignorant” folks. The American populace badly needs a wake up call as time is quickly running out and we can’t afford to elect anymore leaders like George W. Bush, one of the most shameful, inept, corrupt, ignorant, contemptuous,  arrogant, and incompetent Presidents this country has ever seen.

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By Jon B, March 21, 2007 at 7:53 pm Link to this comment
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“It’s too bad this couldn’t be on public TV.”

I concur. Public needs to be educated from history of Iraq to the deceptive WMD and the brutal wars. Public also needs to know who is Hilary, why didn’t she tell the truth and the disastrous consequences of this country if she is elected.

I am going to bookmark this link and will post elsewhere in the cyber world. I wish you guys would do the same.

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By Jackie T. Gabel, March 21, 2007 at 3:56 pm Link to this comment
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RE: Comment #59591 by Dr.D  on  3/20  at  5:55 pm — “WOW!,If Ron Paul could somehow get Mr.Ritter to be his running mate,it would possibly be the greatest political pairing in history.”

>> Especially

if Ron Paul, who last month warned, “Look out for another Gulf of Tonkin to provoke an attack on Iran,” could somehow get Ritter to include the issue of false flag terrorism in his thesis. Amazingly, or not so, Ritter never touches it…well, after all it is the “3rd Rail,” for all authors, academics and media personages. Just listen to Robert, he still buys the “box-cutter” story from the Official Conspiracy Theory — a theory, which, of course, goes unchallenged by Ritter, who begged off in advance “I’m not here to discuss conspiracy theories,” not even to challenge the one the regime cites (e.g. “the lessons of 911”) as its excuse for every new aggression and curtailment of human rights and civil liberties.

So then, Mr. Ritter, why is it you cite Bush regime lies about everything except 911?

As for the sectarian violence, it’s all “blowback” according to Ritter and again no acknowledgment of false flag provocations — numerous documented incidents, and when traceable, most lead to CIA, MI-6 or Mossad, through confirmed pseudo-gangs like Al Queda, which grew out of the Brzezinski/Gates Mujahideen, or the cold-war-era, NATO’s Gladio creation, the Red Brigadee. 

Ritter emphasizes “knowing the facts, the culture and the history,” all of which is grossly distorted by false flag terrorism. With all respect, Robert, why not interview Webster G. Tarpley, whose name I passed along to you last year in Portland? Like Mr. Ritter, he’s highly educated, informed and articulate — certainly worthy of Truthdig. Here’s a brief sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjwJBha2Eg&mode=related&search;=

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By John Earl, March 21, 2007 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment
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It’s too bad this couldn’t be on public TV.

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By Benjamin, March 21, 2007 at 12:03 pm Link to this comment
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It is fascinating that Ritter is a true-blue Republican and marine, defying all stereotypes about antiwar activists.  This shows the considerable power of sheer thought and information, combined with integrity.  It is depressing that so few Americans seemed tuned into his message.  The public is just disgruntled that the war isn’t going well, but how many are watching this video or others like it?  Look at how Pelosi stripped language from the arms bill requiring Bush to get approval from Congress before attacking Iran.  Such is the power of AIPAC.  And I’m an Israel supporter who knows that most Jews are antiwar (see recent Gallup Poll).  There is no hope!  Or is there?  Maybe with a few more Ritters…

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By Eileen Quinn, March 21, 2007 at 11:33 am Link to this comment
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Ritter nails it. The parochial ignorance of the US public allowed the insanity of the Iraq war to not only begin but to continue for years.

Like Ritter, I was right about everything prior to Bush’s invasion and it has nothing to do with any superior intelligence that I possess.  The reason I was right and virtually everyone else was wrong is that I have lived in a 3rd world country for several years and understand to a reasonable degree corruption, tribalism, etc. Something the average Joe hasn’t a clue about.

We have a very ignorant public. And I have no answers concerning a solution.

It was good to hear Ritter call our countryman ‘fools’ or something close. Many writers hint at this but refuse to come out and say it in plain English.

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By Steve Hammons, March 21, 2007 at 11:19 am Link to this comment
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Is Congress going to act on the information Ritter and others have come forward with?

In the run-up to the Iraq invasion, were the lies, deceptions, phony intelligence, manipulation and corruption crimes that should be prosecuted?

The Bush-Cheney administration, their neocon cronies and the war profiteers must be held accountable. Is Congress up to the task? For more on this, see:

“A serious Congressional inquiry on Iraq is necessary”

By Steve Hammons
Columnist, PopulistAmerica.com
Populist Party of America
December 24, 2006

http://www.populistamerica.com/a_serious_congressional_inquiry_on_iraq_is_necessary

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By carlos pasqual-rivera, March 21, 2007 at 10:01 am Link to this comment
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“...and I am still convinced that there is nothing more powerful than to dramatize an injustice than the tramp, tramp of marching feet” MLK, 1964. Excluding Benedict Leiberman, Dems got bamboozled as well as we the citizens.  So forget the million man march on Washington who’s heading the 50 million man march that demands it within the Constitution? Wait, let me get my remote Family Guy is on!

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By writerman, March 21, 2007 at 9:59 am Link to this comment
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Scott Ritter illustrates one of the ironic aspects of “democracy”, that one needs an informed and participating people for democracy to work. The founding fathers of the United States were well aware of the potential and the pitfalls relating to democracy. Basically democracy is an extremely difficult system to get right, and one of the great problems and negative aspects of the democratic experiment relates to the “mob” or the “masses”. The tendancy of the “mob” to be manipulated, used and controlled by unscrupulous demagogues and cynical leaders. Two thousand years ago in Athens they were aware of this problem. The writers of the Constitution were acutely aware of this problem too. So they tried to develope a system of controls and balances that would ensure that “deomocracy” didn’t get out of hand, leading to disruption, choas and disaster.

Looking at “democracy” in the United States at present would cause the writers of the Constition to turn in their graves! Everything they most feared and tried to avoid in relation to popular democracy, has come to pass in contemporary america.

The system has degenerated to such an extent that one has to wonder if “reform” is really possible any more. One has a political class that is highly unrepresentative and at the same time lies and manipulates the “masses” for their own cynical ends, in precisely the ways and with the dreadful consequences the founding fathers most feared.

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By Danny Quintana, March 21, 2007 at 9:55 am Link to this comment
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Going into Iraq was in the cards. The energy companies and the military industrial complex would have created the conditions for a war regardless of Bush being appointed president by the US Supreme Court. These two powerful lobbies would have pushed the country to war regardless of the intent of the people.

What is needed is a change in mission for the military industrial complex and the development of new energy resources for America. The military industrial complex must be redirected toward space and ocean exploration. The country can survive without Middle East oil by shifting immediately to nuclear power and electric hybrid vehicles.

Obviously the war was a lie. I can think of very few times in history where wars involved “truth”. The war will not end because the money that is going into the coffers of the defense industry and the energy companies will continue to fuel the conflict.

Since the defense contractors are going to get funding regardless of the truth, the best solution is slowly redirect defense spending. Give the aerospace contractors space exploration and the navy contractors preservation of the wildlife in the ocean and exploration of the ocean floor. These guys have congress wired right down to the last vote and are two of the most powerful lobbys in Washington. Since they are going to get the money anyway, give them new missions. See my second book, “Martian Peace, Why We Must Explore the Oceans and Space”.

Cheers,

Danny Quintana

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By John F. S., March 21, 2007 at 5:37 am Link to this comment
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Scott Ritter redeems himself.

An Englishman, I have always regarded Saddam Hussein as an asset to middle-east stability.

Saddam Hussein wasn’t a nice person, but neither is Bush.

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By Victor Berry, March 21, 2007 at 4:18 am Link to this comment
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The rumor about the Russians pulling their support from the Iranian Bushehr nuclear facility can mean two things (among others):

1)  The Iranians are justified in developing a nuclear enrichment program because suppliers of nuclear fuel are unreliable.

2)  The Russians are getting their people out of harm’s way.  In other words, an Israeli and/or American attack is imminent.

Bush has less than two years to teach the world what a wounded megalomaniac is capable of.  We already know how the Hitler story ended.  Will the Bush story end similarly?

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By Jack Phelan, March 20, 2007 at 10:45 pm Link to this comment
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This is probably the most fantastic discussion on the middle East that I have heard so far.I’m going to Amazon.com and buy all of Scott Ritter’s books.

Thank you Robert Scheer for providing this opportunity for the American people to get some understanding of what is really going on.

There is just one exception I have to what Scott Ritter said tonight. Mr. Ritter has not only intelligence, but a certain talent, intelligence and leadership capability that the average person simply does not have, including myself. The best that most of us can do is to try our best to learn from him and others on this subject and, even more importantly, to start organizing our schools in the early grades and up, to take an interest in the running of our government in the terms of life and death, freedom and slavery, instead of the boring civics classes which we had when I was a kid.

Thank you once again. It was just wonderful.

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By AnnaCatherine, March 20, 2007 at 7:33 pm Link to this comment
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Scott Ritter’s book, “Endgame” was as close as we could get to proof that Saddam Hussein was not able to defend Iraq much less harm us. True, he was a rotten SOB, but the pre-emptive attack on the Iraqi people was never intended to be a humanitarian mission. Occupying another people’s country is rarely an act of kindness. Four years later I still can’t believe it was allowed to happen with next to nothing to go on. Ritter deserves alot of credit. He certainly doesn’t give up.

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By Dr.D, March 20, 2007 at 6:55 pm Link to this comment
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WOW!,If Ron Paul could somehow get Mr.Ritter to be his running mate,it would possibly be the greatest political pairing in history.Too bad that the general American public is probably even more ignorant than Mr.Ritter stated in this interview.

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By Peter RV, March 20, 2007 at 5:58 pm Link to this comment
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Americans are known mostly for their unbearable breast-beating of being the leaders of the World. Their “Manifest Destiny”, however, turned out to be a deep ignorance ,of themselves and of the rest of the world.
  It is frightening to watch how that amorphous mass of two hundred fifty million, armed to the teeth,led by delirious mediocrities, menaces the world. A nation absolutely uncapable of electing a decent leadership.
  I was frankly surprised that someone as Scott Ritter existed in that crowd. We need one million more of them. That is our insoluble problem.
After listening to him, I am certainly going to buy his book.

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By This Old Brit, March 20, 2007 at 4:04 pm Link to this comment
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I hate to have to say it but I think Ritter’s as right about Iran being the next Bush target as he has been about everything else.

Iran Attack In April? Richard Reports. You Decide

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By Genrikh Yagoda, March 20, 2007 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment
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Hay ! Chicaoguy
Seems you got alot of reading before you.
Let me save you some time—-No arabs did 911.
No arabs were on any planes Sept 11, No arabs placed explosives at WTC, No arabs used thermite around the WTC columns, No arabs used box cutters,No arabs had security contracts atWTC, No arabs told all the working Jews to stay home Sept 11, No arabs made millions on Put options,No arabs used rocket missles on the Pentagon, No arabs had security clearances to WTC, No Arabs desposed the actual bodies and planes in the Atlantic, No arabs had security contracts at both airports,And no arabs operated with Bush, Chenny clans, No arabs at AIPAC, No arabs took the black boxes from each plane, No arab was part of the 5 dancing jews, and no arab owns any USi media outlet ......
save your sight fella !

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By 911truthdotorg, March 20, 2007 at 12:46 pm Link to this comment
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Scott Ritter is a true patriot!

As the bush regime begins to collapse in free fall speed just like the WTC towers did, all *THREE* WTC towers, I hope that the “taboo” subject of what REALLY happened on 9/11 is no longer taboo.

Does anyone still have ANY doubt that this evil regime will do anything to accomplish it’s evil goals, including a fake terror attack?

bush/cheney/rove/rumsfeld, etc were involved with 9/11. It did not and COULD not have happened the way they say it did. Open your eyes and minds.

Demand a new, TRUE investigation into 9/11!
Their 9/11 house of cards needs to come down like the towers did. The future of this country depends on it.

Please watch the Google videos:
9/11 Press for Truth, 9-11 Justice (18 min),
9/11 Mysteries, Loose Change 2nd Edition, Freedom to Fascism.

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By Bert, March 20, 2007 at 12:45 pm Link to this comment
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‘Out in 6 months’ sounds like a winning strategy to me….

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By sharon ash, March 20, 2007 at 12:01 pm Link to this comment
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There are two cancers growing in the United States which are basically killing our country.
They are the cancers of greed and ignorance.

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By Ben, March 20, 2007 at 11:59 am Link to this comment
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Scott Ritter for President!

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By RICARDO L LeROY, March 20, 2007 at 10:26 am Link to this comment
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its time to put BUSH and his thugs in prison*

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By read14, March 20, 2007 at 9:23 am Link to this comment
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I was wondering what happened to Capt Ritter…
This is the man who called everything as it was, and had the credentials to back it up.  That the right people did not listen to him is exactly the reason why we are still there today.

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By Bill Blackolive, March 20, 2007 at 8:42 am Link to this comment
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Scott Ritter, I follow you and several others who are bolder, Seymour Hirsh, Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky, Ron Paul.  But somebody who gets heard must speak openly how the official physics of 9/11 are not possible. A child can see it - an inch of a top of a skyscraper tearing, like from a very uneven plane crash and explosion, this is slabs of multi tons then to ground, hitting broadly, and so on. No steel beamed skyscraper has fallen from mere flame and so on.  And, there were three building sunk like controlled demolition, not two, to demonstrate our media is dead etc. Till you look, and remark there is something unexplained,and we talk junk.  This is dangerous.

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By Quy Tran, March 20, 2007 at 8:12 am Link to this comment
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Bush’s always right. He’s only a bit of lying. But no big deal when his “uncle” Cheney could make big bucks from non-contracts bidding Halliburton, everything will be ok.

Scheer and Ritter conversation is a big slap to the face of this criminal, illegal and immoral administration.

The huge dirtiest spot engraved in the modern U.S. history.

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By James Yell, March 20, 2007 at 8:09 am Link to this comment
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Mr. Scott Ritter is very right, but I don’t agree with every conclusion he says. The average person is not going to know everything about a culture, although they should know something about a culture that we are dealing with.

I see educated people giving Islam a pass that they will not give expansionist Christianity, or our own country. I don’t think we should be given a pass, but I don’t think just because someone is “embracing victimhood” that they can not be held to account on the times they were expansionist.

The problems in this country and largely in Islam is the idea that there must be a GOD for everyone and that there is only one GOD and they have his ear and his authority for everyone. It is the kind of conceit that has led Bush/Cheney to ignore the well thought out structure of our country, government and civil protections.

One of the mechanisms that explain the “ham handedness” of our governments, beyond greed, self-interest and arrogance, and ignorance is Byzantine Politics, which for me is covered by “playing both ends against the middle. It can be defined as deflecting problems of immediate concern by using strategies that, while they may work for the short term, will like the acting out of French grudges against the Germans at the end of WWI, create the dynamics for greater conflict in the future. One process of this, is when you “sucker punch” someone repeatedly even the dullest begin to suspect your motives.

As to Mr Ritter remaining a Republican, I am not sure that Republican Party can ever expunge the compromises they made with the Reagan/Bush/Bush grab for power and I will agree I don’t think much of the Democratic Party either. There needs to be a process where, when the electorate is splintered that simple majorities may not lead to National Office. I think perhaps giving other parties the right to gift their votes to the party they most feel reflects their interests might help break the strangle hold that the two party system has on our government, at lest make it more difficult for the ultra-rich to buy off public officials.

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By Bernadette Stenger, March 20, 2007 at 6:53 am Link to this comment
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Great!  Keep up the good work.

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By TomChicago, March 20, 2007 at 5:51 am Link to this comment
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A combination of passion, intelligence and great good sense.  Mr. Ritter’s analysis of Wahabism and the Sunni/Shia conflict is, as Bob Scheer pointed out, what should have been the starting point in any American discussion about “terror”.  The idea that yet another invader (us) gives credence and legitimacy to El Quaeda and Osama was somehow slipped past those in America with the brains and the voice to stop the catastrophic course we’ve taken.

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By ChicagoGuy, March 20, 2007 at 5:49 am Link to this comment
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One issue I totally agree with that constantly came up in this interview with Scott Ritter is our ignorance of world politics/history. 911 opened my eyes and since that day I have tried to read as much as possible about middle east history to gain an understanding of how we, as Americans, got ourselves into the situation we are in today. I agree, our own ignorance of world politics and history is our own worst enemy.

How can we fight an enemy we can’t define? How can we support a regime when we have no basic understanding of their political history? Again, Ritter was right when he said we, as Americans, need to gain a better understanding of the world around us in order to make more intelligent decisions.

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