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.
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Scott Ritter is a former Marine Corps intelligence officer and a United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq. He writes for truthdig.com 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.