Ritter the flipper

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Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter in 1999:

I have grown convinced that there has been a total breakdown in the willingness of the international community to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction. Saddam Hussein is well on the road to getting his sanctions lifted and keeping his weapons in the bargain. A resurgent Iraq, reinvigorated economically and politically by standing up successfully to the United States and the United Nations, will be a very dangerous Iraq—one that sooner or later will have to be confronted by American military might.

And Scott Ritter in yesterday’s Sydney Morning Herald:

The White House’s acknowledgement last month that the US has formally ended its search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq brought to a close the most calamitous international deception of modern times.

This decision was taken a month after a contentious presidential election in which the issue of those weapons and the war in Iraq played a central role. George Bush was unwavering in his conviction that Iraq had such weapons.

Ritter screamed that Saddam had those weapons, and now seeks to blame people who listened to him. Maybe Bush shouldn’t have listened to Ritter; few do, these days, apart from undercover cops posing as Burger King jailbait.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/29/2005 at 12:08 PM
    1. Oh, come on, the only thing Ritter ever flipped was a Girl Scout…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 01 29 at 03:48 PM • permalink


    1. Lessee… 1999: wasn’t there a resident of the White House with a (D) after his name?

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2005 01 29 at 03:57 PM • permalink


    1. Wasn’t that a (T) after his name?  Alot of Chinese money and increased missle technology would say yes.  The true purpose of the “Wall” at “Justice”.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2005 01 29 at 04:40 PM • permalink


    1. Er..missile!  A whole generation forward for only $250,000.  What a deal.  The “Long March” may come to a theater(re) near you in the middle of the next decade!

      Posted by yojimbo on 2005 01 29 at 04:45 PM • permalink


    1. Critter knows that only 14 year olds will believe him any more. Even Richard Butler (his boss in Iraq, and a bit of a flip flopper himself)said of the change in tune “Either he was lying to me then, or he is lying now”.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 01 29 at 07:12 PM • permalink


    1. This guy’s a classic! Just add him to the list. Along with our own disgrace, Lord Richard Butler. How do these fuckers get away with it?
      Here’s what Butler had thrown in his face in an interview with Tony Jones on the ABC’s Lateline program on July 15th 2003 about comments he (Butler) had made earlier, in December 2001.
      JONES TO BUTLER: You said, “he’s got a stockpile of uranium and in three years without inspection, I’ve seen reports, he’s recalled his nuclear weapons design teams and Lord knows what he’s been able to acquire on the black market.”
      BUTLER TO JONES: Absolutely, absolutely.
      Like I said, add him to the list…Fuckin’ hypocrite!

      Posted by Brian on 2005 01 29 at 08:16 PM • permalink


    1. Even more amazing is the silence over Richard Butler’s insistence Saddam had WMD’s – he even wrote a book proving it, but the media seem unwilling to take him to task on this.

      And they reckon there is no bias in the press.

      Posted by Louis on 2005 01 29 at 09:11 PM • permalink


    1. Hey Scotty….want fries with that? You sellout, pedophile.

      Posted by El Cid on 2005 01 29 at 10:33 PM • permalink


    1. Is there something they put in the water at the UN (a right wing plot to world domination by the New York teamsters) that induces people to forgo their previously espoused oaths and commitments? To Wit:

      Richard Butler, the former Australian ambassador became the chief weapons inspector for the UN and now cant lie straight in bed. A cross my heart, hope to die republican who took the Queens commission to be Governor of Tasmania and lord it over the common folk. Fortunately given the flick early, but not without a half mil to ease the chardonnay twinges.

      Scot Ritter, An officer in the Marine Corp therefore of higher standing than Butler (perhaps a worse case as diplomats are known to be required to fib on Mondays) who repeatedly advised President Bush about Saddam and now recants on his sworn testimony for the money and talking head fame and if the sealed court reports hold up, as described, our scotty seems has picked up a few bad habits in civvie street that are not compatible with the Marine oath such a lying cheating and stealing (little girls).

      Must be the water!

      Posted by mumbles on 2005 01 30 at 03:50 AM • permalink


  1. His book wasn’t titled “Saddam Defiant” for fun?

    Posted by crash on 2005 01 30 at 08:20 AM • permalink