This is a quick FYI for you about a campus/community event you
might be interested in. Doors will open at 6pm and it is open to
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.
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
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