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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Scott Ritter's back just as clueless as ever: "Having Screwed up my analysis of Iraq, I'll try Iran."

Al Jazeera has Scott Ritter to provide the Arab street with an "inside" look at American policy and he takes another run at it in Sleepwalking to disaster in Iran .

Mr. Ritter, former UN Chief Weapons Inspector in Iraq, begins with this laugher:
Late last year, in the aftermath of the 2004 Presidential election, I was contacted by someone close to the Bush administration about the situation in Iraq.
Nice sourcing, Mr. Ritter. What the heck does "close to the Bush administration" mean? Not "in the administration" - not "formerly with the"- no, we "close to"...ironically, after carefully shielding his alleged source, Mr. Ritter later attacks UN rep nominee John Bolton for saying:
'There is no doubt that Iran has a secret nuclear weapons production programme', Bolton said, without providing any source to back up his assertions.
  You should heed your own criticism, Mr. Ritter.

Mr. Ritter is deeply concerned that the American media has not confronted the president on the possibility of the US being ready to bomb Iran by June 2005:
The American media today is sleepwalking towards an American war with Iran with all of the incompetence and lack of integrity that it displayed during a similar path trodden during the buildup to our current war with Iraq.
After all, the US may have plans in place to bomb Iran at a time of the US's choosing and, although the US has announced that it is intent on using diplomatic means to try to get Iran to halt any steps it may be taking toward making nuclear weapons, Mr. Ritter can read through the lines - the President did say
'This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous.' He quickly added, 'Having said that, all options are on the table.'
Gasp! The President is keeping his options open and providing a little stick behind the carrot. Shocking!

The rest of Mr. Ritter's "analysis" is in the same vein. Reveal a known fact, then waffle around with it, then make a fuzzy allegation that the US is up to evil. After all,
Whether this attack takes place in June 2005, when the Pentagon has been instructed to be ready, or at a later date, once all other preparations have been made, is really the only question that remains to be answered.
No, Mr. Ritter, I have another question: Are you being paid to produce this tripe?

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