Scott Ritter vs. Bing West


For Immediate Release: October 22, 2007Contact: Alicia Steger 516.572.9634e-mail:


Scott Ritter

Scott Ritter

Bing West


Garden City, NY - The Nassau Community College Cultural Program is proud to present the program Scott Ritter vs. Bing West: Two Ex-Marines Debate the War in Iraq and America's Future in the Middle East on Wednesday, November 7 at 11:00 a.m. in the College Center Building.

Former Major Scott Ritter was the Chief Weapons Inspector for the United Nations Special Commission(UNSCOM) in Iraq, where he was in charge of searching for weapons of mass destruction. Ritter conceived and carried out over a dozen of the thirty inspections, culminating in his being labeled a spy and blocked from weapon sites by Iraqi officials. Unwilling to accept the lack of official action against the Iraqi decision, Ritter ultimately resigned from UNSCOM and determined that Iraq did not possess weapons of mass destruction. He also believes he unearthed the true threats to international justice and global security surrounding U.S. policy, proclaiming that the "illusion of arms control is more dangerous than no arms control at all."

Bing West, who began his combat career in the villages and jungles of Vietnam, has written six books on national security and served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. He is an expert on the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as well as other defense, national security and geopolitical issues. West has covered Iraq extensively, making 11 trips to the country over the past four years, embedded with over 30 U.S. battalions. A graduate of Georgetown and Princeton universities, West served as a marine infantry officer in Vietnam. His subsequent travels have included battlefields in El Salvador, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Israel, Kuwait, Iraq, the Congo, Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Philippines and Korea.

For more information about this or any other NCC Cultural Program, call 516.572.7153.


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