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Scott Ritter - Coverage of Press Conference at UN
July 15, 2003
Ex - Inspector's Book Attacks Bush, U.N.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 1:53 a.m. ET
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter released a new book, accusing President Bush of illegally attacking Iraq and calling for ``regime change'' in the United States at the next election.
Ritter criticized key figures caught up in the U.S.-led war at Monday's U.N. news conference. He said Bush lied to the American people and Congress about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction; U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan lacked courage; former chief weapons inspector Hans Blix was ``a moral and intellectual coward.''
Ritter, a former U.S. Marine, was a weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998. He has been a vocal critical of the Bush administration's policy on Iraq.
Ritter said he wrote ``Frontier Justice, Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Bushwacking of America'' to educate people. The 209-page paperback, published by Context Books, has on its cover a picture of Bush in jeans and a cowboy hat, behind the wheel of a truck.
In the book, Ritter notes that the Bush administration's stated reason for launching the war was to rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction. The book argues that there is no evidence that Iraq possesses, produces or concealed nuclear, chemical or biological weapons. Therefore, Ritter argues that ``the United States carried out an illegal war of aggression.''
Bush, responding Monday to similar charges about the lack of evidence of illegal Iraqi weapons, insisted: ``When it's all said and done, the people of the United States and the world will realize that Saddam Hussein had a weapons program.''
Ritter said Bush's real goal was to get rid of Saddam Hussein's regime. ``What is needed in America is regime change,'' Ritter writes. ``Anything but Bush and (Vice President Dick) Cheney.''
At the news conference, Ritter accused France and Germany of failing to get a Security Council or General Assembly resolution calling the war illegal and demanding a U.S. withdrawal.
Ritter had kind words for Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency. He said ElBaradei was ``much more honest'' than Blix about appraising Iraq's nuclear weapons and the threat they posed.
July 14, 2003
Ex - UN Inspector Ritter: Bush Based War on 'A Lie'
Filed at 7:13 p.m. ET
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Time has shown that the United Nations did a good job disarming Iraq while President Bush went to war based on ``a lie,'' former U.N. arms inspector Scott Ritter said on Monday.
``The inspectors went in, got good cooperation, got immediate access to the sites they needed to get to, and they found nothing -- nothing related to weapons of mass destruction programs,'' said Ritter, a former U.S. Marine and senior weapons inspector turned anti-war activist.
``And yet, we heard over and over again that 'The president knows that these weapons exist, the president knows that this is a threat that can only be responded to by the United States acting unilaterally,' because the United Nations was unable or unwilling to complete the (disarmament) task mandated by the Security Council,'' he told reporters at U.N. headquarters.
``The entire case the Bush administration made against Iraq is a lie,'' he said.
Ritter leveled his latest blast at the U.S. administration as Bush fended off critics' charges that he misled the American people by relying on faulty intelligence to justify the war.
A top inspector in Iraq for nearly seven years before resigning in 1998, Ritter was a vocal critic both before and after the war of U.S. claims that Iraq possessed illicit weapons of mass destruction. His latest book, ``Frontier Justice: Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Bushwhacking of America,'' was just published.Ritter said Washington had never meant to let U.N. inspectors finish the task of disarming Iraq, as assigned to them by the 15-nation Security Council.
``The policy of the United States toward Iraq was not disarmament. It has always been regime removal -- eliminating Saddam Hussein from power. It's been the stated policy of the United States since 1991,'' he said.
Bush has come under fire for citing an allegation in his State of the Union speech in January that Iraq was seeking uranium from Africa to make nuclear weapons. Administration officials now say they have doubts about the evidence the statement was true.Bush told reporters on Monday his administration believed the claim was true at the time and only afterward learned there were doubts about it.
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