Monday, February 21, 2005

Daily Kos: Scott Ritter returns with some bad news

You may recall Scott Ritter got into a lot of trouble talking about the lack of WMDs in Iraq before last fall's election. He's a former weapons inspector for the UN. Turns out, wow, he was right. And now he's got some more bad news. How he knows it I don't have a clue. And I sure hope he's wrong.

But check out this diary on Daily Kos. And here's a couple of grafs to whet your appetite:

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.

As for the Iraq elections:

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%.

You know, when they held up the results announcement, I wondered what was going on. The excuse was lame, and the results interesting, putting the winners just under 50% so they would have to share power. This doesn't surprise me at all. I really wonder if something similar didn't happen here in the U.S.


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