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Scott Ritter served as a former Marine Corps officer from 1984 until 1991, and as a UN weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 until 1998. He is the author of several books, including "Iraq Confidential" (Nation Books, 2005) and "Target Iran" (Nation Books, 2006).

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The withdrawal of US troops from Germany are more the byproduct of a dysfunctional US-German relationship that has been devolving for decades than they are of any grand NATO realignment against Russia or personal animosity between Trump and Angela Merkel, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 7, 2020
US-German Relations Are Beyond Repair as Result of Decades-long Clash of Views & Ideas - Troop Pullout Is Only a Symptom While the Trump administration sells the decision to withdraw US troops from Germany as a strengthening of NATO force alignment the reality is it's merely the latest manifestation of a relationship on the decline for decades.
U.S. Marines stand guard during a ceremony in Helmand province Afghanistan, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 30, 2020
New York Times Takes Anti-Russian Hysteria to New Level with Report on Russian 'Bounty' for US Troops in Afghanistan The New York Times published an article claiming that Russia was paying out monetary bounties to the Taliban to kill US troops in Afghanistan. There's just one problem - none of what they reported was true.
IAEA meeting on proposed Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in the Middle East. Vienna, Austria, 21-22 November 2011., From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 29, 2020
The Escalating Crisis Over Iran's Nuclear Inspections An IAEA resolution based on questionable Israeli intelligence has sparked a crisis with Iran that could spin out of control, warns Scott Ritter.
From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Good Riddance to a Bad Cop Scott Ritter did some research on Major Travis Yates and the Tulsa Police Department.
This enhanced interaction is for NATO and Ukraine to develop operational capabilities and interoperability through military exercises, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 15, 2020
NATO's Colonization of Ukraine Under Guise of Partnership NATO has extended yet another in a long line of "incentives" designed to tease Ukraine with the prospects of joining the transatlantic alliance while stopping short of actual membership.
With the expansion of China's economic reach comes a similar expansion in military power projection, From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 13, 2020
NATO's Call on 'Like-minded Nations' to Stand Up to the Rise of China Is Just a Desperate Bid for Global Relevance As the influence of the US and Europe wanes in the face of a new geopolitical reality, their Cold War progeny, NATO, seeks to redefine itself as a global player. The problem is NATO is not capable of even stepping onto the field.
Shawn Henry presenting at the International Security Forum in Vancouver, 2009., From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 16, 2020
As Another Perjury Trap is Exposed the FBI's Case Against Trump Collapses Scott Ritter analyzes the recently released responses of Shawn Henry, a private security consultant, to Adam Schiff's questions about data exfiltrated from the DNC.
U.S. sending aircraft carrier, bomber to Middle East to warn Iran, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 24, 2020
Will Trump Go to War With Iran to Save the US Oil Industry? The Persian Gulf, where the US and Iranian navies have faced off against each other several times over the years, employing similar harassing tactics, but always stopping short of actual confrontation.
President Trump spoke on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin The suppressed price of oil and Russia's role in facilitating that vis-à-vis its refusal to cut its oil production thereby triggering a price war with Saudi Arabia was the dominant , From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Is Putin Laying a Petroleum Trap for Trump? The president is heralding a deal that commits Russia to cuts in oil production, but a closer look reveals a more complicated path.
An agency tasked with tracking future bio threats fell down on the job causing us to wonder what else we don't know, From InText
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 26, 2020
The Staggering Collapse of U.S. Intelligence on the Coronavirus The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the United States unlike any other event in recent history, proving to be far more disruptive to American society, and far most damaging to the U.S. economy, than even the events of 9/11.
Erdogan talked tough but in the end had to surrender gains to Moscow and Damascus, From InText
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 16, 2020
How Turkey Lost a Battle of Wills and Force to Russia When the history of the Syrian conflict is written the fighting that took place between the Syrian Army and its allies on the one side and the Turkish military and Turkish backed Syrian rebels on the other from early February through early March 2020 in and around the Syrian town of Saraqib will go down as one of the decisive encounters of that war.
General Wolters' response was straight to the point
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 5, 2020
The Threat of a Nuclear War Between the US and Russia Is Now at Its Greatest Since 1983 When the Commander of NATO says he is a fan of flexible first strike at the same time that NATO is flexing its military muscle on Russia's border, the risk of inadvertent nuclear war is real.
The US has deployed
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 10, 2020
Step to Nuclear Doomsday - US Puts Low-yield Nukes on Submarines to Counter Made-up Russian 'Strategy' The US has deployed "low-yield" nuclear missiles on submarines, saying it's to discourage nuclear conflict with Russia. The move is based on a "Russian strategy" made up in Washington and will only bring mass annihilation closer.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 28, 2020
No, Iran Won't Have a Nuclear Bomb 'in a Matter of Months' While the issue of Iran had seized the headlines with the one-two combination of the Suleimani assassination and Iranian retaliation strikes, the news cycle has since shifted to the impeachment trial of President Trump.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin made a surprise Christmas visit to Syria where he met with the country's president Bashar Assad The tranquility of their meeting was in sharp contrast to the hell breaking out in neighboring Iraq, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Putin's Orthodox Christmas Visit to Damascus Plays Up Assad's Syria as Enclave of Peace While Rest of Middle East Burn The unannounced visit to Syria, where Putin also delivered a Christmas address to Russian forces deployed in that nation, was remarkable. Any visit by a national leader to a foreign war zone is, in and of itself, notable, and let there be no doubt - Syria is an active war zone.
World-wide chemical danger, From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 19, 2019
Chemical Weapons Watchdog Is Just an American Lap Dog If an organization like the OPCW can be used at will by the U.S., the United Kingdom and France to trigger military attacks intended to support regime-change activities in member states, then it no longer serves a useful purpose to the international community it ostensibly serves.
NATO Is as Good as DeadNATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization, From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 1, 2019
NATO Is as Good as Dead NATO is on life-support, and Europe is being asked to foot the bill to keep breathing life into an increasingly moribund alliance whose brain death is readily recognized, but rarely acknowledged.
Vladimir Putin, From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 3, 2019
Russia Isn't Getting the Recognition It Deserves on Syria The prospects for peace in Syria are greater today than at any time since 2011. And the fact that Russia has deployed even more battalions of its military police to Syria to oversee implementation of the current cease-fire bodes well for the prospects of success. Like it or not, in Syria, the Russians saved us from ourselves.
Russia backed Turkey's demand for a security corridor along the Turkish-Syrian border and accepted Ankara's characterization of the American-backed Syrian Defense Forces (SDF) as 'terrorists', From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 22, 2019
The Four A's of American Policy Failure in Syria The Turks will be able to achieve their objectives of clearing a safe zone of Kurdish forces south of the Turkish border, albeit under a U.S. sanctioned agreement. In return, the U.S. agrees not to impose economic sanctions on Turkey.
Donald Trump, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 12, 2019
Donald Trump's Iran Humiliation In May 2018, the myth of American military deterrence in defense of Saudi Arabia was still alive; today it lies shattered amidst the ruins of the destroyed Saudi oil facilities. Seen in this light, the collapse of the U.S. campaign of "maximum pressure" can only be interpreted as a strategic victory for Iran, and a decisive defeat for the United States.

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