Scott Ritter


Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter discusses the post-Gulf War politicization of United Nations weapons inspections, the rigid 100 percent compliance mandate that guaranteed Iraqi failure, how Madeleine Albright halted invasive inspections that could have verified Iraq’s disarmament, Bill Clinton’s determination to keep sanctions on Iraq until Saddam Hussein was deposed, the misuse of UN inspectors as intelligence agents and provocateurs, the attempt to assassinate Hussein during Operation Desert Fox, Ritter’s personal attempts to debunk the propaganda leading up to the 2003 Iraq War, Colin Powell’s much ballyhooed and easily disproven (even at the time) 2003 UN presentation and why the US is populated with sheep instead of citizens.

MP3 here. (58:21)

Scott Ritter is a former Marine Corps intelligence officer and a United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq. He writes for and is the author of numerous books, including Waging Peace: The Art of War for the Antiwar Movement and Target Iran: The Truth About the White House’s Plans for Regime Change.

Update: Your host mis-paraphrased the reporting of Andrew Cockburn. What he said was that the UN that was preempted from telling the truth by Albright, rather than her being preempted by Bill Clinton. –S.H.

18 thoughts on “Scott Ritter”

  1. First-Strike Capability and LOW.
    According to former Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge- Pentagon aims to achieve a disarming and unanswerable first-strike capability. Minuteman-3 and Trident-2 D5 linked to GPS obtain a CEP (Circular Error Probability – – the radius centered on the target in which half the warheads are expected to hit) of 30 meters or less, enough to destroy any hard target. And according to Bob Aldridge the US Navy can track and destroy all enemy submarines simultaneously. Please see Robert C. Aldridge: Nuclear Empire, ch. 9. Even if the Pentagon´s First-Strike Capability is only for blackmail, the Russians may have no choice but implementing Launch On Warning. Bob Aldridge resigned because a disarming and unanswerable first-strike capability is suicidal.
    I hope you agree that the Pentagon´s First-Strike Capability is the most urgent problem because it inevitably leads to Launch On Warning.

  2. Fyi Claus – The technologies you are talking about are Rare Earth dependent. The U.S. is 100% dependent upon others for rare earths. China controls up to 99% of the most critical rare earth elements. These same materials are also used in 'green technologies.' The U.S. has failed to secure these Strategic and Critical materials at every level.

    1. You can just buy these on the market for a few bucks. Note that that "rare earth elements" are not particularly "rare", and even if China is currently the largest producer of some of those, this doesn't mean that the the "control" them; it just means that people prefer to buy instead of to mine.

  3. I couldn't agree more with Scott Ritter's comment about American citizen's not fulfilling their duty by not staying informed. In fact I wrote the following just about a week ago in reference to the JSOC and Blackwater covert operations uncovered by Jeremy Scahill.

    Why do they hate us? They hate us for our stupidity – our willing blindness to the facts. The Truth is out there, and it is the duty of every American citizen to uncover that Truth. We cannot endlessly blame the MSM for lying to us and deceiving us, when we are the ones who are unwilling to face the ugly facts head-on. It's time to look in the mirror America!

    You can find the full article titled "Blackwater and JSOC in Pakistan going viral – then squashed" on my blog.

    @Scott Horton – When are you going to have Jeremy Scahill on to discuss the covert JSOC and Blackwater operations in Pakistan? And why isn't his article featured on the front page of

  4. What about an interview with Niels Harrit, Uni of Copenhagen, who together with 8 more scientists established as a fact that nano-thermite was placed in the three buildings to bring them down ?

  5. willful ignorance, yes that pretty much defines the average American's reaction to the nonstop blizzard of lies that began in 2002 until the invasion of Iraq. The sad truth of it is this has become a nation of lazy, ignorant, overly comfortable compliant sheep who are capable of supporting the most bloodthirsty, unjust actions of our government simply because no one really cares, so long as it is not US doing the dying. A sad day it is, and an excellent interview that was.

    Here is a question that's been on my mind: what is up with Russia and China's voting to condemn Iran in the IAEA? Aren't they supposed to be Iran's ostensible friends? Do they really believe that the empty Qom site is a dangerous nuclear weapons facility, or is there some kind of secret deal between the US and Russia behind the scenes, quid pro quo? I'd like to hear Mr. Ritter's thoughts on that.

  6. Hacklheber. What´s wrong with you ? Science is science – or what ? The research and discovery of nano-thermite in WTC by 9 scientists don´t matter ?

  7. Howard. If you get the point and if you agree with me – and Bob Aldridge – could you and others please help by sending this information to Congress, Medias and politicians worldwide. And the insanity is complete because the explosion of 100 nuclear warheads will produce Nuclear Winter.
    Brigadier Harbottle suggested-and it seems so-that they don´t believe in the Nuclear Winter Report in the Pentagon. For that reason Brigadier Harbottle stated, "Bloody fools in the Pentagon".

  8. According to Mearsheimer and Walt, when the US neocons told the Israelis of the plan to go to war against Iraq, the Israelis complained that they we would prefer us to attack Iran. The neocons explained that destroying and occupying Iraq was a necessary first step toward war against Iran, and then the Israeli lobby was fully on board. It was agreed that AIPAC would promote the war quietly, intensely pressuring lawmakers to vote for it, while publicly pretending only tepid support. But there's no question that without the pressure from Israel's moist zealous supporters in government and the media. What's remarkable is that now that we're ready for stage two, the destruction of Iran for the glory of Greater Israel, the Israel lobby has dropped any attempt at subtlety. What they have discovered is that there's no need for subtlety: no matter how brazen they get in practically ordering us to go to war against Iran, the American mainstream media will obediently pretend that the whole enterprise is not for Israel's benefit, that America's "security" is somehow threatened by Iran's continuing to enrich uranium, and that in doing so Iran is not simply exercising its rights under the NPT.

  9. This could all be part of the original plan but I think that plan got whacked by a detour on our way through Iraq. No matter who yells what, Iran would make Iraq look like a flyweight and what are going to use as troops? The American public is more bovine than human it seems, but the mainstream media is going to have a hard time selling the same BS for war #3(4?). Even the bovines are aware the economy is still only a foot from the edge and I would hope they're tired of casualties that in no way benefit the defense of the US, which is the only reason casualties should be incurred. And could get themselves roused enough to make the warrior-rulers skittish enough not to risk another open ended entanglement.
    Course then again, that's only what logic tells me.

  10. To Mr Scott Horton, Dear sir, please refer to the Persian Gulf by its real name. The war you call Gulf War is actually the Persian Gulf War.

    Should I repeat this fact every time Jackasses, like you, make the same mistake?

  11. Dont mind Iranian, he is truely not an Iranian, but he is only trying to create a diversion for the serious issues we are discussing here. I know him very well, he is always contradictory and an avowed enemy of the moslems.

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