Scott Ritter

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Scott Ritter (born: 15 July 1961) was a US Marine officer and a former UN Special Commission weapons inspector in Iraq.

Ritter was born into a military family in 1961. After graduating from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with departmental honors, he joined the Marine Corps in 1984, where he served for twelve years as an military intelligence officer. He initially served as the lead analyst for the Marine Corps Rapid Deployment Force concerning the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the Iran-Iraq war. During Desert Storm, he served as a ballistic missile advisor to General Norman Schwarzkopf. Ritter later worked as a security and military consultant for the Fox News network.

After seven years as a UN weapons inspector, Ritter resigned from the weapons inspection team on August 25, 1998 and became a major voice of opposition to the U.S. policy in Iraq. In the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Scott Ritter was one of the very few voices who had it right about Iraq's weapons threat.


  • "War on Iraq; What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know", with William Rivers Pitt, ISBN 1893956385

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