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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).
(15 comments) Monday, April 15, 2019 America Just Declared War on Iran and Nobody Blinked
The Trump administration has made the decision to designate the IRGC a terrorist organization. This little reported move will have large consequences shredding the prior truce and putting the lives of thousands of U.S. service members at risk.
(1 comments) Thursday, February 28, 2019 How Politics Trump Intel in the US-Russia Nuke Treaty Pullout
Sometime in 2007 or 2008, intelligence analysts began observing activity indicating that the Russians were developing a new ground-launched ballistic missile. The specific intelligence tip-offs remain classified, but based on what little has been reported, it appeared to include aerial imagery of the Kapustin Yar missile test facility.
(2 comments) Wednesday, February 13, 2019 One Minute to Midnight
Humanity is sleepwalking toward global annihilation furthered by a collective amnesia about the threat posed by nuclear weapons especially in an environment void of meaningful arms control.
(1 comments) Saturday, October 27, 2018 Trump Surrenders to John Bolton on Russia and Arms Control
Bolton and Trump appear to be trying to drive a wedge between Russia and China. They're doing so as those two nations are coming together to craft a joint response to what they view as American overreach on trade and international security.
(12 comments) Friday, August 3, 2018 Three Reasons Why "Fire and Fury" Won't Work With Iran
Trump withdrew from the JCPOA because of American domestic politics, not because Iran threatened international peace and security. As the United States moves to reimpose sanctions on Iran, one is struck by the number of nations rushing to its side to join in this endeavor: zero.
(8 comments) Sunday, July 15, 2018 Indictment of 12 Russians: Under the Shiny Wrapping, a Political Act
Rosenstein, by the timing and content of the indictment he publicly released Friday, committed an act that undermined the president of the United States' ability to conduct critical affairs of state -- in this case, a summit with a foreign leader the outcome of which could impact global nuclear nonproliferation policy.
(1 comments) Sunday, July 8, 2018 The King of Chaos
Trump seems to relish his role as the "King of Chaos," challenging the established world order by simply tearing it apart. This "my way or the highway" approach plays exceptionally well to Trump's domestic political base and seems timed in part to influence the upcoming midterm elections.
Sunday, June 10, 2018 How a North Korean Disarmament Deal Might Look
It is not known to what extent, if any, North Korea will permit inspectors from the United States, Japan and South Korea the kind of intrusive presence on its soil, let alone some of its most sensitive facilities, required for a meaningful verification process.
(3 comments) Thursday, May 24, 2018 Mike Pompeo's 12-Step Plan for Disaster With Iran
Pompeo noted, "If [Iran] restarts their nuclear program, it will mean ... bigger problems than they'd ever had before." In the face of this aggressive posturing, Pompeo declared the Trump administration's intent to "advocate tirelessly for the Iranian people." But this was disingenuous, being little more than code for regime change.
(4 comments) Sunday, May 13, 2018 Iran Nuclear Deal and U.S. Pullout Reflect Epic Bipartisan Failures
Trump will go down in history as the man who walked away from an agreement that all parties -- including the U.S. -- acknowledge that Iran was fully compliant with. Trump only deludes himself and those who support him by saying that his actions to confront a threat from Iran now, rather than waiting for it to manifest itself, will make America more secure.
Sunday, May 6, 2018 Bibi's Information Warfare Operation Against America
The relevance of Netanyahu's message is up for debate. There is unanimous agreement that nothing in Netanyahu's presentation shows Iran is operating in violation of its commitments under the agreement reached with the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Germany and the European Union regarding its ongoing nuclear activities.
(9 comments) Saturday, March 3, 2018 Are You Listening, America?
Some Western observers have derided Putin's speech as simple posturing, a manic effort to project Russian power, and with it global credibility, where none exists. Such an interpretation would be incorrect. There should be no doubt among American politicians, military leaders and citizens alike. "Every word has a meaning," Putin told his audience. The weapons he referred to are real, and Putin meant every word he said.
(9 comments) Tuesday, February 6, 2018 The Ugly Truth in the Nunes Memo
Much has been written about the contents of the Steele dossier and their relationship to the investigation into possible collusion between people affiliated with Trump's candidacy and the Russians. But the House intelligence committee majority memo sheds new light on the dossier, allowing for a more detailed examination of its contents and usage.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 Obama and Iraq: "Through a Glass, Darkly'
While the United States military can claim that it did not lose the war in Iraq, it will have a hard time backing up any claims of victory. While American forces may have defeated Saddam Hussein's divisions, and ultimately captured or killed the Iraqi president and the majority of his senior officials, the fighting would last for years and continues today.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Here We WMD Again: Iraq and the Mythical Pakistani Package
The two documents that The Washington Post describes as being "newly uncovered" are in fact derived from an old file containing nearly 1,000 pages detailing a relationship between the Iraqi intelligence service, or Mukhabarat, and the Iraqi nuclear weapons program, or PC-3.
(3 comments) Friday, December 11, 2009 Our Murderers in the Sky
The true test of a society and its leaders is the extent to which every effort is made to both properly define a problem as one worthy of military intervention and then exhaust every option other than the use of force.
Friday, October 30, 2009 McChrystal Doesn't Get It—Does Obama?
Clearly Gen. Stanley McChrystal is not the man for this task. He should be replaced by someone within the ranks of the U.S. military who shares Obama's vision of peace, and with it the need to redefine the mission in South Asia.
(5 comments) Thursday, July 9, 2009 So This Is What Victory Looks Like?
The celebration transpired inside a city that has been radically transformed over the past six years. Even with American combat forces ostensibly withdrawn, Baghdad remains one of the most militarized urban areas in the world. It wasn't always so. When I was in Baghdad during the 1990s, I was struck by the lack of an overt military presence for a nation purported to be governed by one of the world's worst militaristic....
(3 comments) Wednesday, June 17, 2009 Learning to Live With the Devil We Know
The world needs to collectively move past the controversy of the Iranian elections and accept the reality that, like him or not, President Ahmadinejad will be the "democratically elected" face of Iran for the next four years. Iran will gradually return to normal, and the political protests so earnestly covered by the West will take on the character of a tempest in a teapot.