Skip to comments.Remember Scott Ritter? Today’s media want you to forget yesterday’s hero
Posted on 04/18/2011 12:35:53 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
Does the name Scott Ritter sound familiar? It should. He used to get a lot of media attention.
Ritter was the chief United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq during the Nineties. He became a darling of the press and Democrat Party when he began criticizing President Bushs invasion of Iraq in the strongest possible terms. On the eve of war, he predicted the United States would leave Iraq with its tail between its legs, defeated. Our defeat was inevitable because we did not have the military means to take over Baghdad.
Once the U.S. military made Ritter eat those words, he transitioned smoothly into a full-time apologist for the Iraqi terrorist insurgency, which he described as a genuine grassroots national liberation movement. He declared that history will eventually depict as legitimate the efforts of the Iraqi resistance to destabilize and defeat the American occupation forces and their imposed Iraqi collaborationist government.
Ritter maintained that the entire disarmament effort directed at Iraq, including both pre-war sanctions and the war itself, were a massive fraud and conspiracy begun by the first President Bush to get rid of Iraqs rightful ruler, Saddam Hussein. He described the search for weapons of mass destruction in post-war Iraq as a public joke. The British intelligence that figured so prominently in the run-up to the war was not merely mistaken, but an abysmal abuse of power that occurred when Blairs government lied to Parliament, and the electorate, about the threat posed by Iraqs WMD.
He was an early and reliable hysteric about the imminent Bush attack on peace-loving Iran. He even wrote a book on the subject, Target Iran: The Truth About the White Houses Plans for Regime Change. Theres no doubt in my mind that the United States is planning right now, as we speak, a military strike against Iran, he said in April 2008. We take a look at the military buildup, we take a look at the rhetoric, we take a look at the diplomatic posturing, and I would say that its a virtual guarantee that there will be a limited aerial strike against Iran in the not-so-distant future.
As a fervent Bush critic with a military background, United Nations credentials, and (best of all) some history as a Republican, Ritter was extremely useful to the anti-war Left, which absolutely lionized him. Few people were as right about the Iraq War as Scott Ritter was, declared liberal writer Glenn Greenwald, adding that it was difficult to imagine someone with greater credentials and credibility who ought to have been listened to on those issues. At the Daily Kos, they called him one of the few who called bulls**t on Bushcos claims of WMDs in Iraq A former Marine and former Republican, hes not exactly a partisan player, he seems to be a guy who just doesnt like being lied to.
And then, suddenly, Scott Ritter disappeared. The Left stopped talking about him. The legacy media stopped running his articles. His media perch as the pre-eminent Bush critic crumbled to dust overnight.
Why? Because Scott Ritter is a convicted pedophile.
His offenses caught up with him in a Pennsylvania court on Friday, where a jury found him guilty on six counts of unlawful contact with a minor. He was taken down in an online sting operation, when he used a webcam to show himself having inappropriate contact with his own naked body to someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl. His sentencing will take place next month.
Its a big story in the foreign press, but the U.S. media has been very subdued in reporting Ritters conviction. Like Cindy Sheehan, John Edwards, and other hard-Left superheroes, he stopped being interesting when he stopped being useful.
The guy is an even bigger douche than Joe Wilson and Valerie Wilson Plame.
I am apparently unusual in finding such convictions disturbing. No actual 15 year old minors were contacted, but he's in jail anyway.
I agree he's a scumbag and thoroughly deserves a flogging, but he has apparently been convicted of a crime that didn't actually occur.
Is he gonna do jail time?
Would you be happier if a 15 year old was involved?
Ah, the left has such wonderful heroes.
‘Indecent exposure’ and apparently .. to a minor!
Scumbag .. Piece of Crap .. should be shot!
Of course this is JMHO!
“...but he has apparently been convicted of a crime that didn’t actually occur.”
The crime is TRYING to have unlawful contact with a minor, I guess. In any case, the witnesses presented the evidence, the lawyers made arguments, and the judge instructed the jury in the law, whereupon the jury rendered a verdict. So he’s GUILTY.
His first arrest had the charges dismissed. The Assistant District Attorney who released him was fired for it. Looked like he was let off the hook because of his politics.
the guy has a history of this sherm...stop sticking up for traitors
Is this the same thing as "slappin'the Monkey" "Chokin" the chicken" "slapping the ham" "flogging the bishop" ?
You mean like ATTEMPTED bank robbery? Or ATTEMPTED murder? Or ATTEMPTED rape? Or ATTEMPTED acts of terrorism?
Crimes like these don’t occur either but the would-be perps are still prosecuted.
Didn’t claim otherwise. Just find the concept disturbing. Sort of a thought crime.
Let’s put in this way. Life’s a bitch and now Scott Ritter’s about to become one.
Masturbating in front of a minor. How classy :-|
Intent can be a crime
The real question is: what did Saddam have on hiom and how much was he paid to be a mouthpiece for the Hussein regime? His comments read as if they were written by Baghdad Bob.
He was not just “thinking about it” he was acting on doing the crime.
A thought crime is when you imagine playing with yourself in front of a 15 year old and you have a smile on your face, he actually did it while convinced she was watching.
big difference there, they can prove intent after he was told her age. This case is just like hiring a hitman to kill your husband and the guy turned out to be a undercover cop, their husband was never in any real danger yet, but once the money changed hands (or in this case the pants dropped) you're toast.
There was no minor.
I agree he’s scum.