Scott Ritter

(William Scott Ritter Jr.)

Scott Ritter
Scott Ritter
  • Born: July 15, 1961
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: United Nations Weapons Inspector (resigned)









William Scott Ritter Jr. was a United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998, and later a critic of United States foreign policy in the Middle East. Prior to the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, Ritter stated that Iraq possessed no significant weapons of mass destruction (WMD) capabilities, becoming "the loudest and most credible skeptic of the Bush administration’s contention that Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction." He received harsh criticism from the political establishment but became a popular antiwar figure and occasional talk show commentator as a result of his stance.

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We are held hostage to the lack of information that we have at our fingertips. We don’t always have the information that is needed to make a proper decision. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
History will eventually depict as legitimate the efforts of the Iraqi resistance to destabilise and defeat the American occupation forces and their imposed Iraqi collaborationist government. History ;Government
I can generate attention quickly.
I didn't promote war when I was a weapons inspector. War & Peace
I don't disagree with anything I've ever said. Why in God's name would I disagree with something I've said? Religion & God
I have a credibility on the subject that most people don't.
I haven't exaggerated anything, I've stuck to the facts.
I love my country more than anything. I spent 12 years in the United States Marine Corps. I know what it means to defend this country. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I made a movie to explain to the American public what had been achieved in regards to disarmament of Iraq and why inspectors aren't in Iraq today and detailing the very complex, murky history of interaction between Iraq, the United Nations and the United States. It is most definitely not a pro-Iraq movie. It is a pro-truth movie. History
I was right about one of the most significant issues in modern American history. I was the only one who was right about one of the most significant issues in modern American history. History
If people don't like the history, I'm sorry. History
If you want to play the game of truth, I'll tell the truth, and the truth will burn. Truth
I'll put my record of service up against anyone, bar none.
I'm someone who believes the truth needs to be heard. And if I'm empowered with the truth, I'm not going to shut up. Truth
Iraq has a tremendous amount of history. History
It is a pro-U.N. movie. It's a pro-American movie. It's a pro-American movie. It's a movie people should be watching and not denigrating.
It is hard as an American to support the failure of American military operations in Iraq. Such failure will bring with it the death and wounding of many American service members, and many more Iraqis. Failure ;Death
I've been called a spy of Israel since 1996, and since I made my documentary film in 2000 the FBI has investigated me as an agent of Iraq. The FBI has also opened up an investigation into my wife calling her a KGB spy.
My goal in Baghdad was to facilitate a debate here in the United States on America's policy toward Iraq, a debate that's been sadly lacking.
My personal missteps - how many Americans have died as a result of that? None. Other than my family, how many victims were there? None. And yet, in refusing to engage in a responsible debate about Iraq, how many Americans died? Thousands. And America seems to have no problem with that. Families, Children & Parenting
One, if you attack my integrity, I will defend myself. If you attack my patriotism, I will defend myself. If you come after my family, I will counter-attack viciously, I will destroy you. Families, Children & Parenting ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Sanctions aren't about weapons of mass destruction. People need to understand that.
The Iraqi people are some of the warmest people you'll meet in your life. They are extremely receptive to strangers. Their hospitality is immense. Life
The most dangerous thing Iraq could have ever had was a nuclear weapon. The nuclear weapon Iraq was trying to build was not deliverable by bomb or ballistic missile. It was a large, bulky device that they hoped to bury and set off to let the world know they had a nuclear weapon. They never achieved that.
The only way an Iraqi biological agent would kill you is if it landed on your head.
The United States is the laughingstock of the world.
There are people in Baghdad pursuing the initiative that I started, and I want to give them every chance of success. I don't want to provide any distractions. Success
War is about dead people. War & Peace
War is not an academic exercise. War & Peace
War is not some sort of Nintendo video game. War & Peace
We say that we care about the war, but we don't even really know what we're fighting for. War & Peace
Weapons of mass destruction aren't pulled out of a black hat like a white rabbit at a magic show. They're produced in factories. There's science and technology involved. They're not produced in a hole in the ground or in a basement. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
When I resigned, I put the U.S. Government on notice that I'm going to stick to policy issues, that I have no intention of going out and blowing the cover off of the intelligence operations, that those are truly sensitive and they should not be exposed. Government

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