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Ritter Exposes U.S. Policy in Ukraine Is Regime Change in Moscow

April 14, 2022 (EIRNS)—During an 21-minute interview on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s “Judging Freedom” YouTube channel April 13, former Marine Corps intelligence officer and UN weapons inspector in Iraq Scott Ritter again detailed the lies behind U.S. policy against Russia. Ritter conceded that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq did, indeed, possess weapons of mass destruction, chemical and biological weapons, and may have been within six months of building a nuclear device. However, after seven years of UN weapons inspections following the 1991 Gulf War, he said: “In 1998 Iraq posted no threat to the international community worthy of war, and that held true in March of 2003 when the Bush administration” launched “its illegal war of aggression” on Iraq. As early as 1993, although Ritter had briefed the CIA that the inspectors “could account for all of Iraq’s ballistic missile capability,” the CIA lied to the Senate about it, telling Ritter that the number of unaccounted-for missiles would be “12 to 20, and that number will never change no matter what you do.” That meant the inspectors’ work was not to disarm Iraq, “we were there to facilitate the impression that Iraq was noncompliant, therefore to justify the retention of economic sanctions, that would destabilize Saddam, so the United States could carry out its ultimate objective of regime change.”

“The truth was the enemy,” Ritter said. “The fact is that if we weapons inspectors succeed in our job of disarming Iraq, the U.S. would not have been able to implement its policy of regime change. And so the truth became the enemy and those who were seeking to tell the truth were also hunted down.”

With the background of U.S. policy thus set, Ritter told Napolitano that he would advise President Joe Biden to focus on ending the Ukraine-Russia war, because otherwise, he said, “Russia is going to win this war and win this war decisively. It is better to recognize that now and mitigate the damage that has been done and is being done to the Ukrainian people.” What must happen is a dialogue between Russia and NATO on what the future security framework for Europe is going to look like and to acknowledge that Russia views NATO as an existential threat, and why.

Ritter also argued that the U.S. policy toward Putin’s Russia since 2009, as toward Iraq earlier, has been regime change.

“Joe Biden traveled to Moscow in March of 2011 and said that to a group of opposition leaders. He said, ‘Vladimir Putin shouldn’t run for reelection because it will turn out bad for him and Russia.’ That is regime change ... it has been the goal of the United States since that time and it’s the goal of the United States today. But, I will tell you this, Vladimir Putin has been in charge of Russia during five presidencies and he will be in charge after Biden. ... The Biden Administration will not survive Vladimir Putin.”

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