Recent revelations from former weapons inspector David Kay have finally vindicated Scott Ritter for his valiant declaration that Saddam had no WMD's, never had them, never planned to have them, and was simply a shy, quiet man who valued his privacy. I'm reminded of the time I last spoke with Scott - it was 2001, shortly after he announced on Hardball that Iraq was a "threat to no one". I was a field reporter for an alternative Seattle windshield leaflet at the time, and he had graciously agreed to meet me at a local fern bar for an interview.
Right away, I noticed two things about Scott Ritter: He shouts all the time, even in normal conversation, and he's a decent, kind, and noble human being showing unbelievable courage in the face of right-wing persecution.
We didn't have alot of time to talk - he was meeting a date at Chuck E. Cheese later that evening - but we had a couple of quick drinks and talked about recent events. During the course of the conversation, I had the youthful temerity of reading him a quote from his 1998 testimony before the U.S. Senate:
"Iraq today is not disarmed, and remains an ugly threat to its neighbors and to world peace."
Scott slammed his drink down on the table and glared at me. "SO?" he shouted.
"So, don't you see a contradiction between what you said then, and what you say now?"
"NOPE. NO CONTRADICTION. WHAT? WEAPONS OF...HALLIBURTON! SECURITY COUNCIL...HEY!! WHAT??? OLSEN TWINS. HELLO?"
That was good enough for me then, and it's good enough for me now. Scott Ritter is a true Man of the People, no matter how much the right-wing warhawks try to twist his words and spin their little lies in order to justify their unholy crusade against the peaceful Iraqi people.