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Speaker in WV: War with Iran Coming, Unless Americans Speak Up Now

October 25, 2007

Institute, WV - The United States is on a path to war with Iran, and ordinary Americans will have no say in the decision unless they speak up now, according to Scott Ritter. The former United Nations' weapons inspector speaks in West Virginia today. He's been an outspoken critic of the decisions that led to the war in Iraq. Today, in his view, the Bush Administration's actions and statements about Iran look and sound all too similar to the prewar build-up in the Iraq conflict. Ritter says the American people need to make their voices heard, before it's too late.

"The decisions are going to be made, so far removed from we the people that, simply put, we're going to wake up one morning to find bombs dropping on Iran and the conflict spinning out of control. We'll be scratching our heads saying, 'How did this come to pass?'"

Ritter says the White House has amassed too much power to make war, with a "unitary executive" stance that allows the Administration to ignore Congress. He adds Congress also has failed to rise to that challenge.

"Logically, the answer is to appeal to Congress to do its duty, to do its job in accordance with the Constitution. But it appears that Congress has already chosen its path, a path of complacent compliance to the will of the unitary executive."

Supporters of military action against Iran say it is necessary to prevent nuclear weapons development and stop what they term Iran's "interference" in Iraq. Ritter points out that, while Iran's government is far from ideal, many Iranian leaders have shown a willingness to negotiate, and the country has an interest in avoiding war. Ritter shares his views tonight at West Virginia State University.

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WV