Ritter does not say how he came by this knowledge, but
as a former weapons inspector I suppose he might be
privy to such things.
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NEWS: Scott Ritter says US attack on Iran planned for
Written by Mark Jensen
Saturday, 19 February 2005
On Friday evening in Olympia, former UNSCOM weapons
inspector Scott Ritter appeared with journalist Dahr
Jamail. -- Ritter made two shocking claims: George
W. Bush has "signed off" on plans to bomb Iran in June
2005, and the U.S. manipulated the results of the Jan.
30 elections in Iraq....
SCOTT RITTER SAYS U.S. PLANS JUNE ATTACK ON IRAN,
�COOKED� JAN. 30 IRAQI ELECTION RESULTS
By Mark Jensen
United for Peace of Pierce County (WA)
February 19, 2005
Scott Ritter, appearing with journalist Dahr Jamail
yesterday in Washington State, dropped two shocking
bombshells in a talk delivered to a packed house in
Olympia�s Capitol Theater. The ex-Marine turned UNSCOM
weapons inspector said that George W. Bush has "signed
off" on plans to bomb Iran in June 2005, and claimed
the U.S. manipulated the results of the recent Jan. 30
elections in Iraq.
Olympians like to call the Capitol Theater "historic,"
but it's doubtful whether the eighty-year-old edifice
has ever been the scene of more portentous
The principal theme of Scott Ritter's talk was
Americans� duty to protect the U.S. Constitution by
taking action to bring an end to the illegal war in
Iraq. But in passing, the former UNSCOM weapons
inspector stunned his listeners with two
pronouncements. Ritter said plans for a June attack on
Iran have been submitted to President George W. Bush,
and that the president has approved them. He also
asserted that knowledgeable sources say U.S. officials
"cooked" the results of the Jan. 30 elections in Iraq.
On Iran, Ritter said that President George W. Bush has
received and signed off on orders for an aerial attack
on Iran planned for June 2005. Its purported goal is
the destruction of Iran�s alleged program to develop
nuclear weapons, but Ritter said neoconservatives in
the administration also expected that the attack would
set in motion a chain of events leading to regime
change in the oil-rich nation of 70 million -- a
possibility Ritter regards with the greatest
The former Marine also said that the Jan. 30
elections, which George W. Bush has called "a turning
point in the history of Iraq, a milestone in the
advance of freedom," were not so free after all.
Ritter said that U.S. authorities in Iraq had
manipulated the results in order to reduce the
percentage of the vote received by the United Iraqi
Alliance from 56% to 48%.
Asked by UFPPC's Ted Nation about this shocker, Ritter
said an official involved in the manipulation was the
source, and that this would soon be reported by a
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist in a major
metropolitan magazine -- an obvious allusion to New
Yorker reporter Seymour M. Hersh.
On Jan. 17, the New Yorker posted an article by Hersh
entitled The Coming Wars (New Yorker, January 24-31,
2005). In it, the well-known investigative journalist
claimed that for the Bush administration, "The next
strategic target [is] Iran." Hersh also reported that
"The Administration has been conducting secret
reconnaissance missions inside Iran at least since
last summer." According to Hersh, "Defense Department
civilians, under the leadership of Douglas Feith, have
been working with Israeli planners and consultants to
develop and refine potential nuclear,
chemical-weapons, and missile targets inside Iran. . .
. Strategists at the headquarters of the U.S. Central
Command, in Tampa, Florida, have been asked to revise
the military�s war plan, providing for a maximum
ground and air invasion of Iran. . . . The hawks in
the Administration believe that it will soon become
clear that the Europeans� negotiated approach [to
Iran] cannot succeed, and that at that time the
Administration will act."
Scott Ritter said that although the peace movement
failed to stop the war in Iraq, it had a chance to
stop the expansion of the war to other nations like
Iran and Syria. He held up the specter of a day when
the Iraq war might be remembered as a relatively minor
event that preceded an even greater conflagration.
Scott Ritter's talk was the culmination of a long
evening devoted to discussion of Iraq and U.S. foreign
policy. Before Ritter spoke, Dahr Jamail narrated a
slide show on Iraq focusing on Fallujah. He showed
more than a hundred vivid photographs taken in Iraq,
mostly by himself. Many of them showed the horrific
slaughter of civilians.
Dahr Jamail argued that U.S. mainstream media sources
are complicit in the war and help sustain support for
it by deliberately downplaying the truth about the
devastation and death it is causing.
Jamail was, until recently, one of the few unembedded
journalists in Iraq and one of the only independent
ones. His reports have gained a substantial following
and are available online at dahrjamailiraq.com.
Friday evening's event in Olympia was sponsored by
South Puget Sound Community College's Student
Activities Board, Veterans for Peace, 100 Thousand and
Counting, Olympia Movement for Justice & Peace, and
United for Peace of Pierce County.