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movie 'JUDGMENT!' ? It proves the Western media lied
Learn more about 'JUDGMENT!' here.
How the Lies
of Scott Ritter Reveal the Strategic Goals of the Bizarre Iraq War
Part 5: 'The Neocons made me do it!'
[Posted 21 May 2004]
For titles and links to
other articles in this series, see footnote
On 9 December 1998, the San Francisco Examiner ran the following story: 
[Excerpt from SF Examiner article starts here]
Ex-U.N. arms inspector: Bomb Iraq
New York - Former United Nations arms inspector Scott Ritter has signed a contract to write a book in which he spells out his suggestions for dealing with Iraq: Bomb the country and overthrow its leader, Saddam Hussein.
"Nothing less will work, and nothing less is justified," Ritter is quoted as saying in Simon & Schuster's announcement Tuesday of his book, "The Iraq Solution," due out in April.
Ritter's book will discuss Hussein's use of chemical weapons against Kurds and Iranians, and "why he must be stopped" before he uses mass-killing weapons again, the publisher said.
Ritter, an ex-Marine, created a stir Aug. 26 when he quit the United Nations Special Commission that monitors Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. He said then that the panel's efforts were being undermined by vacillating American and U.N. policy-makers.
[Excerpt from SF Examiner article ends here]
The Simon and Schuster book announcement was also carried by the Associated Press, London Times, USA Today and Washington Times, and reported by various local news stations. 
It caused a stir because Ritter had a powerful media presence. It was brought up by a reporter at the White House press briefing that day. The following exchange took place:
Seven days later the US launched a 3-day missile attack on Iraq.
Scott Ritter's book, "The Iraq Solution," was never published. The plan to publish it has never again been mentioned publicly by the proud author, or by his supposed enemies in the Bush government, or by the media, including the major newspapers that reported Simon and Schuster's announcement. The White House reference to Ritter's pro-war book can be found on a lone US Information Service website in Australia; otherwise perhaps it would be a non-fact as well.
Simon and Schuster did publish a different book by Ritter. It is called "Endgame" and it proposes major concessions to Saddam Hussein and a diplomatic resolution to all problems with Iraq. Scott Ritter had reversed his position 180 degrees and the book announcement, evidence of his old stand, became an inconvenient fact; therefore it was erased.
Scott Ritter's challenge
A month ago, Scott Ritter challenged me to present factual evidence that he is lying when he claims he never switched from Hawk to Dove. Well, I have presented lots of evidence, with more coming, but Ritter is silent. 
Ritter instructed me to read his book "Endgame" and also the chapter in "Frontier Justice" - chapter four - where he claims to prove he was never a Hawk. I read both, and all I can say is either Scott Ritter believes nobody can think straight or he's suffering from serious hubris. These two books in fact provide considerable evidence that Ritter is lying. Moreover they provide evidence that the political outlook of the anti-Iraq war movement, which blames militarism on so-called neoconservatives in the Bush government, is pure baloney.
The media has created a powerful fable about Scott Ritter: the Daring Warrior who defies Saddam Hussein, then crusades against invading Iraq. In Frontier Justice and in various public statements, Ritter has combined this fable with the myth of the neocons, producing the following lies:
Lie #1: The US drive for world domination is the work of neoconservatives, holdovers from the Reagan government who supposedly have close ties to the Israeli Likud Party.
Lie #2: These supposed schemers suffered a huge setback in their supposed attempt to hijack American power when Clinton won in 1992, but they regrouped, trying to pressure him from the outside.
Lie #3: To that end, Ritter claims they tried to whip up false hysteria over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction to justify invading Iraq and overthrowing Saddam Hussein - "regime change" even though, says Ritter, there were no such weapons. The 'neocons' supposedly harassed Bill Clinton to get him to substitute "regime change" for the UN's agreed-on goal, disarming Iraq.
Lie #4: Ritter claims that when he quit the UN weapon inspectors (UNSCOM) at the end of August 1998, the neocons organized a media blitz, presenting him as the poster boy for world conquest. Ritter claims his reason for resigning was that all sides - Iraq, the UN Security Council and the US - were refusing to abide by the agreed-on rules for disarming Iraq. Ritter says he passionately believes in sticking to the rules. He says he opposed bombing or invade Iraq. He says the US had no business trying to carry out "regime change." Quite the contrary, says Ritter, in 1998 he advocated working out problems through diplomacy. But unscrupulous neocons supposedly distorted what he was saying. They misled the public into thinking Ritter considered an Iraq run by Saddam Hussein to be a deadly menace that had to be stopped through military action now or it would be a much bigger problem later. Ritter claims that when he got tired of the neocons lying to the public about his views and tried to set the record straight, he was hounded and persecuted. Ever since, he says, the neocons have falsely accused him of "flipping" from Hawk to Dove, but according to him he was never a Hawk in the first place.
That's Ritter argument. If a word of it were true, it would have a certain moral character. He presents himself as the Clean-Cut American Boy ('everybody should play by the rules') juxtaposed to the 'neocons' who (he says) try to hijack America with their sly, scheming, dishonest, vindictive ways, aiming at world domination. Sort of like a comic book.
Given that we have been told umpteen times that the so-called neoconservatives are devoted to Israel - a view which has been driven into the collective mind by repetition even though it's a flat-out lie - keep in mind that Ritter's picture of the neocons (scheming, sly dishonest and vindictive) is identical to the antisemitic portrayal of Jews. Alas this image also sits in tens of millions of heads waiting for "evidence" like Ritter's.
The neocon myth is nothing more than a rehash of the old Democrats-aren't-as-bad-as-Republicans myth, with antisemitism tacked on. In the '60s, most people Left of Center voted for Kennedy because, we were warned, Nixon would go to war with the communists. So Kennedy escalated in Vietnam and helped to almost end Western civilization during the Cuban missile crisis. Then we were told to vote for the Democrat, Lyndon B Johnson, because Republican Goldwater would really escalate in Vietnam, so we did, whereupon Johnson really escalated beyond Goldwater's fondest dreams. Then we got Nixon who continued Johnson's escalation, and so people said: "See? The Republicans are worse!"
The notion that Bush's militarism represents a great departure from Clintonian moderation requires only one word of refutation: Yugoslavia.
It was under Clinton that the US got NATO to bomb Bosnia in support of the Islamic fundamentalist forces of Alija Izetbegovic. 
It was under Clinton that US forces led the Croatian army in driving 250,000 Serbs from their ancient homeland in the Krajina section of Yugoslavia. It was under Clinton that the US led NATO to bomb Yugoslavia for 78 days, including the Belgrade Embassy of a UN Security Council member (China). 
At the war's end, NATO, under US leadership, presided over the expulsion of another quarter million Serbs from their homes in Kosovo, the Jerusalem of Serbia. Kosovo province was turned over to the fascist-terrorist Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). 
It subsequently became a base for aggressive war against Serbia and Macedonia. All this was carried out under Clinton and continued under Bush. 
In case people don't remember, part of Bush's appeal in 2000 was that he would end so-called "nation building" wars (an amazing way to describe the destruction of Yugoslavia) and "humanitarian" bombing and that he would reserve US military power for protecting the US. Of course he was lying, but the idea that Bush's aggressive policies are a great departure from what Clinton did is simply bizarre. For example, Ritter claims that the neocons corrupted US policy under Bush by introducing the goal of "regime change" in Iraq. But in fact that was part of US policy under Clinton, as stated by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright several times, including at a press conference in mid-December 1998. 
Regarding the increasingly pervasive claim that the neocons are servants of militant Zionism, we have done some work demonstrating that this is a lie, but we have much evidence we have not yet presented. We must correct this. 
For the moment, I will limit myself to destroying Mr. Ritter's attempt to use his fable ("Fearless-Warrior-Transformed-to-Peacemaker") to support the neocon myth. By demonstrating for you the extent of Ritter's dishonesty, I hope I will encourage you to be less trusting of the current crop of leaders of the anti-Iraq war movement, with their glib baloney about neocons, portrayed as having comic book goals, as if that explained US policy.
In the next article in this series I will show that:
I'll go into these points in some depth in Part 6.
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Footnotes and Further Reading
* "Part 1: Hawk-to-Dove Scott Ritter challenges
Emperor's Clothes to Prove he's a Liar. EC accepts." At
* "Part 2: The Source of the Claim that Iraq had
Nuclear Weapons was... Scott Ritter," by Jared Israel at
* "Part 3: Reader Says Emperor's Clothes all wrong on Ritter's
Nuke Statements; J.I. Responds."
* "Part 4: Readers ask: 'Why this focus on Scott
Ritter?" Jared Israel Respond"
 The so-called neocons have been heavily
involved in forcing Israel to accept a Palestinian state under the
leadership of the PLO, which is dedicated to destroying Israel. Regarding Richard Cheney's involvement, see "If
Richard Cheney's clique is really pro-Israeli, then...Why did Defense Sec'y Cheney Advocate Forcing Israel to Accept a Palestinian State in
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