Skip to comments.Scott Ritter in Pro-Iraq Movie Deal
Posted on 09/01/2002 9:57:54 AM PDT by Jean S
As many of his media colleagues have done in recent days, NBC's "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert invoked the name of former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter on Sunday to bolster claims that the White House is overstating the threat posed by Iraq.
"Former weapons inspector Scott Ritter has said that Saddam is not a threat; that while he was an inspector about 95 percent of his (WMD) capability was destroyed," Russert announced.
But while the former Marine who was booted out by Iraq in 1998 continues to be cited reverentially by Russert and others, they never seem to get around to mentioning Ritter's reported involvement in a pro-Iraq movie deal that depends on financing from an Iraqi-American supporter of Saddam Hussein.
"The U.S. will definitely not like this film," Ritter himself admitted to the Weekly Standard last November, as he described a return trip to Baghdad in July 2000 that was accomplished with Saddam's blessing.
He was visiting the terrorist state to work on his documentary film, "In Shifting Sands," the goal of which was to chronicle the weapons-inspection process and, according to Ritter, "de-demonize" Iraq.
Though the former weapons inspector claims his 90-minute documentary is objective, he told the Standard it was produced with the approval of the Iraqi government and features interviews with numerous high-level Iraqi officials, including Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz.
Saddam's one-time nemesis managed to secure the unprecedented access through the help of Shakir al-Khafaji, an Iraqi-American real estate developer who ponied up $400,000 for Ritter's movie.
Ritter confessed that al-Khafaji, who accompanied him to Iraq, is "openly sympathetic with the regime in Baghdad." The well-connected businessman was apparently instrumental in getting him interviews with top Iraqi officials.
Though the former UNSCOM troubleshooter denies that al-Khafaji had any editorial input on the film, Ritter confessed that his documentary could have never been made without the pro-Saddam businessman's help.
"I tried to get independent sources to fund the movie," Ritter told the Standard before turning defensive. "People can talk about the funding all they want. If I'd been able to be bought -- from '95 to '98 the CIA paid me. Did I do their bidding?"
But the real question has nothing to do with whether or not Ritter has been unduly influenced by his recent cozy relationship with a regime the U.S. is set to attack.
The real problem is that the U.S. media continues to cite Ritter as an unbiased authority on the Iraqi threat without breathing a word about his nifty little pro-Iraq movie deal bankrolled by Saddam's wealthy booster.
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I think when Ritter finally understood that Biden was right, that Ritter just didn't make enough money to have a credible opinion...well, at that point, Ritter was able to mature into a credible source.
One guy you don't want near the microphone is David Schippers. He might find your slightest reason to distrust Scott Ritter. By the way, if Ritter was really a Marine, what happened?
You could sense from Ritter's expression as he repeatedly stated "Iraq is not a threat" that he was either about to bust out laughing or that he was spelling B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T in Morse code with his jaw clenches.
Indeed, it smelled worse than a beached whale.
An Iraqi AMERICAN, financed him producing a documentry about Iraq
An expert on Iraq retained to make a documentry about Iraq, what the hell was he supposed to do a documentry about?
The OJ Simpson trial?
The project was done under the supervision of the state department and FBI, both of who signed off on the financing as being clean and both the state department and the FBI have praised the documentry as accurate and objective.
I hope Tucker Carlson and the other hacks attacking this man are sued into non-existance.
Well said. You beat me to it. It is amazing the LIES that these chickenhawks will tell about an honorable U.S. Marine and WAR VETERAN! Anyone who knows anything about the film will know how critical it was of Saddam -- who Ritter DESPISES. I can't believe how this slander of a US Marine goes without comment on this website. I guess "conservatives" don't mind sounding like military-hating leftists when it suits their purpose.
Let Tucker Carlson and his boyfriends at Weekly Standard lead the invasion.
Do you happen to have a source for that little tidbit? After hearing Scott Ritter's testimony before Congress years ago, he's had quite the turnaround, wouldn't you say?
When consider the level of credibility you will assign to posts of Zviadist, I will cite a thread from earlier today discussing Britain's Iain Duncan Smith.
Our full-of-himself Zviadist first said: "By the way, I have spoken at some length with Iain Duncan Smith"
When challenged, he then said: "And I didn't say I "hung out" with him. I merely met him and spoke with him for a couple of minutes."
So "spoken at some length" became "met with him and spoke with him for a couple minutes." Apparently, Zviadist is less than an expert on Duncan Smith than he would wish us to believe.
You may all want to keep this in mind when evaluating anything said here by Zviadist. The name Walter Mitty is coming to mind.
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5 percent of a remaining arsenal of WMD is 100 percent too much lethal potential in the hands of someone like Hussein.
It only takes a incredibly small exposure to certain WMD agents to be lethal...
Doesn't make the man a god or something. Two words: Tim McVeigh.
Now..........think about it for two seconds, and you'll see that Ritter has been two-faced as all hell in his public stances towards Iraq. To deny that is to deny reality.
You are about the most empty-headed poster here. Your understanding of world affairs is limited to grunting about places you have never heard of, and you continually embarass yourself.
That said, if you think democratically-elected anti-communists who were murdered by the Shevardnadze dictatorship are terrorists, then it is you who are the raving left-winger and pro-terrorist. After all, what was the most brutal terrorist enterprise in history? Answer: the communist world dictatorship. But, if you wish to discuss the intricacies of post USSR Georgia I would be glad to hear your views. Oh...you know nothing at all about Georgia? Well, I didn't think so. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.
Ritter's message has been consistent. It is just that you are not listening beyond the slander that people like Brit Hume and Fox News are pouring on him. Why don't you read his words instead of what the chickenhawk war party are saying about him?