US to Attack Iran in June
- Scott Ritter Says US Attack on Iran Planned for June
By Mark Jensen
Saturday, 19 February 2005
United for Peace of Pierce County (WA)
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(GUSAE): Free Americans Resisting the Fourth Reich on Behalf of All
Species. NOTE: Thanks to CLG News for this.
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
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 revelations.
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
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
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.
--Mark Jensen is a member of United for Peace of Pierce County.
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