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As a chief weapons inspector for the United Nations Special Commission in Iraq, Scott Ritter was labeled a hero by some, a maverick by others and a...

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The U.S. Is Playing With Fire on Iran

Bellicose rhetoric by Mike Flynn (pictured), U.S. national security adviser, about Tehran’s missile test points toward a potentially disastrous policy in the Trump administration.

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Exposing the Man Behind the Curtain

Americans have a right to know the full truth about claims of Russian hacking.

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A Genuine U.S. Reset With Russia Is Long Overdue

President-elect Trump’s willingness to rewrite the foreign and national security establishment’s playbook, and seek to normalize relations with Russia, is a welcome development.

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The ‘White Helmets’ and the Inherent Contradiction of America’s Syria Policy

By embracing the anti-Assad message and imagery of the White Helmets, that organization’s supporters are furthering the messaging used by Al Nusra Front, its affiliate organizations and Islamic State to recruit followers around the world.

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Beyond Kingmaker: Moqtada al-Sadr and the Future of Iraq

Moqtada al-Sadr’s ability to influence Iraq’s political affairs has earned him the title “kingmaker,” but his true aspiration is to be king. He stands a reasonable chance of succeeding.

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Obama and Iraq: ‘Through a Glass, Darkly’

The president and the American people will all too soon come to recognize that the quagmire in Iraq is far from over. In fact, one might say it has only just begun.

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Here We WMD Again: Iraq and the Mythical Pakistani Package

A recent Washington Post story claiming that Saddam Hussein thought about buying nuclear technology from Pakistan has been picked up around the world and is already shaping policy. Unfortunately, it isn’t true.

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Scott Ritter
Scott Ritter
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As a chief weapons inspector for the United Nations Special Commission in Iraq, Scott Ritter was labeled a hero by some, a maverick by others and a spy by the Iraqi government. In charge of searching out weapons of mass destruction within Iraq, Ritter was on the front lines of the ongoing battle against arms proliferation. His experience in Iraq served as the basis for his book “Endgame,” which explored the shortcomings of American foreign policy in the Persian Gulf region and alternative approaches to handling the Iraqi crisis, and for “Iraq Confidential,” which detailed his seven-year experience as a weapons inspector.

Scott Ritter has had an extensive and distinguished career in government service. He is an intelligence specialist who served 12 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including assignments in the former Soviet Union and the Middle East. Rising to the rank of major, Ritter spent several months of the Gulf War serving under Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf with U.S. Central Command headquarters in Saudi Arabia, where he played an instrumental role in formulating and implementing combat operations targeting Iraqi mobile missile launchers that threatened Israel.

In 1991, Ritter joined the United Nations weapons inspections team, or UNSCOM. He participated in 34 inspection missions, 14 of them as chief inspector. Ritter resigned from UNSCOM in August 1998, citing U.S. interference in the inspections.

He is the author of many books, including “Iraq Confidential: The Untold Story of the Intelligence Conspiracy to Undermine the UN and Overthrow Saddam Hussein,” “Target Iran: The Truth About the White House’s Plans for Regime Change,” “Waging Peace: The Art of War for the Antiwar Movement” and “Deal of the Century: How Iran Blocked the West’s Road to War,” forthcoming by Clarity Press. He lives in New York state. Ritter was born in Florida and was raised all over the world in a career military family. He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, with a B.A. in Soviet history.

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