Next Friday Ariontheweb will be interviewing controversial former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter for publication on Vibewire. Ritter has recently published a book, Iraq Confidential, which covers his seven years up to 1998 as a weapons inspector in Iraq. Ritter is a much talked about figure in the US, particularly with his strong stance opposing US involvement in Iraq. There's some interesting material on Ritter here, here, here and here. And some other stuff that I won't be mentioning, here.
Any suggestions for questions to ask?
UPDATE, 5/12, 5:10pm: The interview and has and gone, and went extremely well. In preparing for it, it became clear there were two approaches I could take: I could either try my best to nail Ritter for his possible duplicity and inconsistency, an approach which would make me feel like Bill O'Reilly on speed but lead to Ritter closing up; or I could take a less confrontational approach, drawing out the personal as well as the political and getting beyond the hackneyed debates of the past few years. Unsurprisingly, I took the second approach, a decision that definitely felt like the right one once I met the man, particularly his rippling, marine-trained biceps.
Once the two of us had relaxed and got into the rythym of the discussion, it was fun and constructive, with plenty of quotably quotes and interesting perspectives coming out of it. No smoking guns or world exclusives, but plenty of good material. I'll be writing the piece over the next day or two. Stay tuned.