Scott Ritter returned to my show this afternoon to talk about the National Intelligence Estimate that says Iran stopped developing a nuclear weapon 4 years ago.
Ritter, who was right on everything he told me about Iraq, has made these same points about Iran’s nuclear capability for a couple of years on my show, and in his book, “Target Iran: The Truth About The White House’s Plans For Regime Change,” which has just come out in paperback.
Today, he rebutted President Bush’s claim that the NIE doesn’t change anything — in fact, it lowers the chances of the US going to war with Iran to virtually nothing. As Ritter points out, that’s not just because of this NIE report, but also because of a change in personnel inside the Bush administration.
We also discussed the role of international pressure and sanctions in achieving change in Iran and the need to continue monitoring what takes place there.