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Scott Ritter
Scott Ritter
Born May  (age 2025)
Gainesville, Florida, US
Occupation Chief UN weapons inspector (resigned)
Known for Criticism on U.S. policy toward Iraq

Scott Ritter was born into a military family in 1961. In 1980 he worked in the US Army as a Private. In May 1984 he was commissioned as an intelligence officer in the US Marine Corps, where he worked for about 12 years. From 1991 to 1998 he was a UN weapons inspector in Iraq in the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM), which was charged with finding and destroying all weapons of mass destruction and WMD-related manufacturing capabilities in Iraq. He was the chief inspector in 14 inspection missions in which he participated.

Since his resignation, Ritter has been heavily critical of the different US administrations in his writings and speeches about Iraq and the WMDs. About the Iraq war, he memorably commented that "The United States is going to leave Iraq with its tail between its legs, defeated. It is a war we can not win... We do not have the military means to take over Baghdad and for this reason I believe the defeat of the United States in this war is inevitable... Every time we confront Iraqi troops we may win some tactical battles, as we did for ten years in Vietnam, but we will not be able to win this war, which in my opinion is already lost."

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