Forever Under Construction

Target Iran

Posted in Books, Iran, USA by homeyra on November 25, 2006

Scott Ritter is a is former intelligence officer in the US Marine Corps, a ballistic missile advisor during Desert Storm, and the security and military consultant for the Fox News network. Ritter served from 1991 to 1998 as a UN weapons inspector in Iraq. He was chief inspector in fourteen of the more than thirty inspection missions in which he participated. In 1998, he was accused by Iraq of being a spy for the CIA. He was then expelled from Iraq by its government in August 1998. Ritter resigned from the UN Special Commission. He later said that he resigned over inconsistencies between UNSC Resolution and how it was implemented. Ritter continued to be an outspoken commentator on US policy toward Iraq, particularly with respect to the WMD issue..

He was in Iran in early September, as a journalist for Nation magazine.

Here is his interview with Amy Goodman about his last book: “Target Iran: The truth about White House’s plan for regime change“.

If you don’t want to read the whole interview, thanks to Naj, here are Ritter’s main comments.


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  1. Loopy said, on November 25, 2006 at 7:31 pm

    Yea scott ritter has been one of those guys who for the past couple of years has been rather adamant about america’s plan for a military attack on iran…although he had at one point said that Bush had sigend order for an aerial strike on Iran for june 2006….

  2. naj said, on November 25, 2006 at 11:10 pm

    Thanks Homeyra.
    I am going to put

    What an eye-opening experience to be on your own in a nation that has been called an Islamic fascist state. I have been to dictatorships in the Middle East. I have been to nations that have a high security profile. Iran is not one of these nations. I’m a former intelligence officer who has stated some pretty strong positions on Iran, and yet I had full freedom of movement in Iran with no interference whatsoever. And as a result, although I didn’t have the approved agenda, I had my own agenda, which allowed me to interview senior government officials, senior military officials, senior intelligence officials, and to visit sites that were deemed sensitive. The conclusion is that the American media has gotten it wrong on Iran.

    in BOLD in my interface to the world!!

  3. […] I found this on a friend’s site, Forever Under Construction (See “Target Iran”).  I will just say that I have traditionally been on the conservative side of the political spectrum and I have probably held out longer than a lot of Americans in giving our current administration the benefit of a doubt.  But I have to say, I am worried about the momentum we seem to have in the wrong direction.  I wish I was not so powerless to do anything. […]

  4. Curtis said, on November 26, 2006 at 3:30 pm

    Thank you for the link to this interview. Very interesting reading and a good counterpoint to the official line.

  5. homeyra said, on November 26, 2006 at 5:38 pm

    I cannot say that I agree 100% with Ritter’s views, but it is certainly a progress versus those “hate” analyzes.

  6. Dr Victorino said, on November 26, 2006 at 9:24 pm

    I’m no fan of ……
    BUT in relative terms, Iran is way more secular than most of its neighbors- including Saudi Arabia, Turkey Pakistan our cherished “strategic allies” where Christians and Shiites are treated as 3rd-class citizen and women can be gang-raped in the name of Allah’s Sharia law!
    This is why the anti-Iranian reports coming out of the White House and/or pro-Israel NGOs should be taken for what they are: jingoistic propaganda sheets paving the way to war with a lesser evil while the REAL Wahhabi/Salafist thereat keeps on growing from Riyadh and Mecca to Bradford and Detroit.

  7. Loopy said, on November 26, 2006 at 10:14 pm

    Yes, dr. victorino. It is not in anyway comparable. And the reason is this, iranian people are not religious people (not comparable to say saudi arabia). Iranians for the most part are religious as long as it doesn’t get in the way of enjoying life. That is why when you actually see real and good journalism from inside Iran, there are no photos from inside iran which could be compared to any of the surrounding countries.
    Howver, i do think Turkey is rather secular too, and uncomparable with the rest, if for no other reason than their strong yearning to join the europeean union.

  8. […] Hat tip to homeyra and naj for their posts on Scott Ritter’s interview with Amy Goodman in which he shares his impressions on Iran and provides advice on rapprochement to the Bush administration (which they will ignore). […]

  9. […] intelligence officer and UN weapons inspector in Iraq who opposed the 2003 U.S. invasion, author of Target Iran: The Truth about the White House’s Plans for Regime Change. Here an excerpt of a recent […]

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