... Former Chief UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter will speak Tuesday, March 28, at 7:00 p.m., in the Arrendondo Room of the Reitz Union Reitz Union, UFMessage 1 of 1 , Mar 24, 2006View Source
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Former Chief UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter will speak Tuesday, March 28, at 7:00 p.m., in the Arrendondo Room of the Reitz Union Reitz Union, UF campus.
Ritter�s speech will detail his experience searching for weapons of mass destruction and exploring the United States� foreign policy on Iraq and Iran.
Scott Ritter was one of UNSCOM's most senior weapons inspectors in Iraq between 1991 and 1998, after having served for eight years as an intelligence officer in the US Marine Corps. As a Marine, he conducted arms inspections in the former Soviet Union, and provided analysis of Iraq's missile capacity to General Schwarzkopf in the 1991 Gulf War. He resigned from UNSCOM in 1998, and has since worked in a private capacity to promote non-proliferation and arms control.
Since leaving UNSCOM, Ritter, despite describing himself as a �card-carrying Republican� has been an outspoken critic of the Bush administration�s foreign policy. He took on the entire political and media establishment of the US virtually single-handed in the run-up the 2003 Iraq war in persistently maintaining that Iraq did not pose a serious WMD threat.
Scott Ritter has been the subject of various disinformation campaigns, which reached a climax in late 2002 when he flew to Baghdad and persuaded the Iraqi government to allow the unconditional return of inspectors in an attempt to avert the coming war. The war went ahead anyway. For all the attempts to marginalize him, Ritter�s credibility as a weapons inspector means that people listen to what he says. He was employed, surprisingly, as a commentator for Fox News, and was interviewed by CNN, Time and PBS�s Frontline in the run-up to the war.