Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Hans Blix

Increasingly it appears that Hans Blix was just a fictional character, a figment of our collective imaginations. There were no UN inspectors. It never happened. It was just a dream...

Reader eb writes in:

On Diane Rheem's show this morning, James Woolsey repeated Bush's lie that Saddam did not let weapons inspectors into Iraq before the U.S. started the war.

The other guest, Lt. General William Odom (ret) of the Hudson Institute, then said he agreed with Woolsey's statement.

Diane did not challenge them on the issue.

It took two callers to finally get Odom to remember the existence of Hans Blix. Woolsey never did acknowledge that he was wrong. Diane did not take a position one way or another.

I suppose it makes sense that he didn't exist. Otherwise, how could our media let Rumsfeld get away with claiming that he knew exactly where the WMDs were, while he refused to tell the UN weapons inspector this little detail. Well, he did say they were in "the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat," but that is somewhat less specific than would be useful.

What a bunch of clowns. I guess it's kind of funny but not, you know, Ha Ha funny.

...as the Strib says:

Let's be clear: The failure of the administration's evidence on Iraq's WMD is not a case of 20-20 hindsight, as some apologists for Bush assert. The president himself was flat-out wrong when he said last week that Saddam Hussein refused to "let us in." Before the war, Blix's weapons inspectors were on the ground in Iraq examining the specific sites and looking for the precise materials mentioned in the brief Powell presented to the U.N. Security Council. And they were finding nothing. Very few people worldwide bought the American case for war -- before the war started.