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    Scott Ritter Says US Attack on Iran Planned for June By Mark Jensen Saturday, 19 February 2005 United for Peace of Pierce County (WA) From: President, USA
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 27, 2005
      Scott Ritter Says US Attack on Iran Planned for June
      By Mark Jensen
      Saturday, 19 February 2005
      United for Peace of Pierce County (WA)

      From: "President, USA Exile Govt." <prez@...>

      Forwarded with Compliments of Government of the USA in Exile
      (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
      greatest skepticism.

      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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