Here is some background on Mr. Ritter. Yes he is a fomer Marine and a UN Arms Inspector for Iraq[1991 to 1998]. There are problems with Ritter's UN duty however. He resigned from the team because President Clinton was not doing enough about Iraq's WMD program. And then when President Bush made moves to topple Saddam's regieme, Scott's rhetoric did a 180 and he said Iraq was not a WMD threat. When was he lying? Then there is the matter of Ritter's personal proclivities, he was convicted of a Class B misdemeanor for soliciting a 16 year old girl on the Internet to visit him at a Burger King to watch him do sexual acts, luckily the 'girl' was an undercover police officer. So one has reason to doubt Scott Ritter's moral integrity.
But I will agree with this part of his speech:
In short, the anti-war movement has come face to face with the reality that in the ongoing war of ideologies that is being waged in America today, their cause is not just losing, but is in fact on the verge of complete collapse.
But then he veers off into why Americans are against the war, he regurgitates the classic meme. Americans are against it because the US is losing. Oh no say it aint so Joe!Then he takes to task all of the previous anti-war protests that have failed:
It is high time for the anti-war movement to take a collective look in the mirror, and be honest about what they see. A poorly organized, chaotic, and indeed often anarchic conglomeration of egos, pet projects and idealism that barely constitutes a "movement," let alone a winning cause. I have yet to observe an anti-war demonstration that has a focus on anti-war.
Considering how unstable many of these peaceniks are, Scott just may find himself persona non grata at future protests he speaks at even though he is speaking truth to power. A prophet is never welcome in his home town after all. Or they will spin things to blame everyone but themselves like this person does by blaming why America loves war on television while wishing Bush was in an orange jumpsuit. The dissonance is astounding.
And for the history disinclined. Twice the United States has been invaded, not counting Pancho Villa's raids. The War of 1812 that saw the White House burned down and the Japanese invasion of Attu and Kiska in the Aleutian Islands in WWII.