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Ex-UN weapons inspector: Biden's Iraq war vote excuse a 'bald-faced lie'



Pushback with Aaron Maté

On the campaign trail, Joe Biden is falsely claiming that he opposed the Iraq war when it began. Biden says that his 2002 war authorization vote was not intended to approve the 2003 invasion, but instead to ensure UN inspections. “It’s a completely disingenuous statement,” says Scott Ritter, a former UN weapons inspector in Iraq who testified before Biden in the U.S. Senate. “Joe Biden, from the very beginning, was a proponent of regime change in Iraq.”

Guest: Scott Ritter — former UN Weapons Inspector, former Marine Corps Intelligence Officer, and author of “Dealbreaker: Donald Trump and the Unmaking of the Iran Nuclear Deal.”

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John Ferrara
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John Ferrara

This has got to be the single best interview concerning the justifications for going to war in Iraq that I've seen.

AR Frances
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AR Frances

Terrific interview, I remember Scott Ritter. Such a pivotal report, chilling to look back to those days seeing the machinations of people who feel they are entitled to hold power in 2020.

Leticia Cortez
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Leticia Cortez

Wow! I wish everyone will see this. The corporate media will not show it, so thanks for reporting the truth.

Jansci
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Jansci

Joe Biedermeier and Lying Liz , now there is a ticket to trump Trump.

4411825
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4411825

Biden is a neoliberal thug!

pangorban1
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pangorban1

Oh, screw all this who did what, when, how and why.
Ali Abbas had two arms, a healthy body, a family and a childhood. All of that ended when a US missile strike took all of that away from him.
The Neocons and complicit Democrats, who inflicted that war on his country, are living richly with all their limbs intact and their family around them.

Bear Post
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Bear Post

"Bold-faced lie"*
…fixed it for you.🙄…..😆

Deborah Sailor
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Deborah Sailor

Send all congress and senate first to fight if there is a war they can take their children to back them up.

Ali Hussain
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Ali Hussain

Anything coming out of American's politicians must be flushed in the toilet immediately they lie the way they breath!!!..

Charlotte Ruse
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Charlotte Ruse

Joe Biden is a warmongering lying crook. Bernie is the best choice out of the rest of the "crap pack" running for president.

Red Star Radio
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Red Star Radio

Biden has always been a sleazy piece of shit.

alli malani
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alli malani

What if all the Middle East countries get together and bomb Israel for having WMD in their part of the world , what would the Europeans do , I suppose wipe the Middle East off the map for Israel

d obianuli
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d obianuli

Scottie boy reminded Biden’s hired help that he’s a trained killer 😂

REMUS
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REMUS

This kind of story would have destroyed and put Biden out of 2020 election LONG A GO yet, Bernie Sanders winch I love just won't fucking attack Biden on this issues. I just don't fucking understand why !!! I can't help sometimes wonder if Bernie is not playing us by playing nice with Biden and Warren and then,ones he looses or gets fucked by the DNC HE WILL PUSH ALL OF US TO VOTE FOR WARREN OR BIDEN.

Paddy Mooney
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Paddy Mooney

So isn't it time that Iraq can check America and Israel for weapons of mass destruction,just what gives America the right to stop any country having weapons of mass destruction when the only country that used them is America.And what a shock an American politician lying on television now that never happened before did it?And still the paranoid Americans will carry on believing these lying pigs

Debra Legorreta
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Debra Legorreta

Biden didn't want the inspections to continue because they would've proved Ritter right, there was no WMD's… and the whole false flag would've been exposed.
Ritter calls him on it, and Biden insults him. "I am above your pay grade. I get to make the big decisions." Not only is he lying about the WMD's he has to use his position as a senator to degrade a member of the armed forces in the pursuit of his duty. Asshole.

TorchesAndPitchforks
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TorchesAndPitchforks

Aaron wakes up in the morning, has his coffee and decides he gonna blow the lid off of some bullshit today, and I admire that!

Debra Legorreta
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Debra Legorreta

The most pathetic and disgusting aspect of this whole fiasco is that our government in their maddening pursuit of false-flag machinations uses and abuses devoted civil servants like Scott Ritter. Ritter executed his orders in good faith, in the belief that those orders were genuine when in fact the whole project was just a rouse. No one told Ritter that we were looking for a fight with Hussein, to make a show of him, so that no one else would again defy us when we hit them up. Ours is a gangster economy. We run a deficit which we can… Read more »

AR Frances
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AR Frances

To hear Biden (and others) lie so openly in 2020 would be unbearable except that it leads us to discover journalists of integrity, like Aaron.

Edmund Banks
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Edmund Banks

TIME TO END THOSE SLEAZY ASS LYING DEMOCRATS RATS. VOTE THEM OUT.

Richard Llewellyn
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Richard Llewellyn

This is what happens when you dont hang your war criminals, the psychopaths are encouraged to cover themselves in even more innocent blood.

Phynnr
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Phynnr

I love this channel & respect all the hosts as well as the guests that speaks nothing but the truth. In fact, I love the way Aaron always invite persons who were formerly a part of the empire's machinery & have seen it all.

Tim Moore
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Tim Moore

Mate is to be commended for not only having Ritter on, but for allowing Ritter to explain in full, without interruption, the whole truth about alleged WMDs and what really happened in the lead up to the Iraq war.

Jacqueline
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Jacqueline

we haven't had a war in this country in a log time, and I wonder how many think that can't happen. we're close, yet we are so smug that we think it's all going to be on someone else's land. we may be in for a surprise.

News Now Fort Worth
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News Now Fort Worth

Same template playbook as Iraq. Just change the names and location in the proper blanks.

Then , mix it together with lying politicians like Biden, the president
and others and throw the CIA into the mix and supportive newspapers like the NYT and your well on your way to war and further waste of tax $$ for something the citizens here, who struggle just to get by and keep it together, get no benefit from.

Tulsi is the solution

Catpsyche
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Catpsyche
pcuimac
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pcuimac

Every nation on this planet needs nuclear weapons. It's sadly the only method to get peace.

Deborah Anne Weber
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Deborah Anne Weber

I watched the crew who set up Ritter, they went after many great ppl – myself & my young son included.

Kieran Healy
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Kieran Healy

Scott is a hero

Miles Joyner
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Miles Joyner

Salute to Scott Rotter!

Alea iacta est
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Alea iacta est

Fascinating interview. Great guest on Push Back. 👍👍
What should be kept in mind is the larger geopolitical picture in SW Asia and the importance of Iran in that context (its a key component of Chinas BRI project). A good guest to discuss that could eg be Pepe Escobar 😉

frigoavi
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frigoavi

great interview. great journalism.