UN inspector Blix says Bush and Blair lied on Iraqi WMD


Tony Blair and WMD in Iraq, cartoon by Steve Bell

From Associated Press:

Blix: Britain Embellished Iraq Dossiers

Ex-U.N. Weapons Chief Hans Blix Says British Government Embellished Iraq Dossiers

LONDON Mar 12, 2007 (AP)— The British government embellished intelligence used to justify the decision to invade Iraq in 2003, the former U.N. chief weapons inspector said in an interview broadcast Monday.

Hans Blix, who led the U.N. search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq until June 2003, said a later discredited dossier on Iraq’s weapons programs had deliberately embellished the case for war.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair‘s government published a dossier before the invasion that claimed Saddam Hussein had stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and could deploy some within 45 minutes.

“I do think they exercised spin. They put exclamation marks instead of question marks,” Blix said in an interview with Britain’s Sky News television broadcast Monday.

Blix said, according to excerpts released in advance, that Blair and President Bush had “lost a lot of confidence” once failures in intelligence were exposed.

Britain’s dossier on Iraq’s supposed possession of weapons of mass destruction was criticized by a 2004 official inquiry into intelligence on Iraq.

Blix said on George W. Bush’s people in the WMD affair: “They were witch hunters”.

40 thoughts on “UN inspector Blix says Bush and Blair lied on Iraqi WMD

  1. Former Iraq minister denies theft of millions
    Posted by: “Corey” cpmondello@yahoo.com cpmondello
    Sun Mar 11, 2007 8:27 am (PST)

    Again…..Iraq is going swimmingly…..

    Former Iraq minister denies theft of millions
    From The Sunday Times
    March 11, 2007

    EXCERPTS:

    “A former Iraqi defence minister whose 10 months in office coincided with the disappearance of more than $800m (£400m) from the ministry’s coffers is living openly in Amman and London despite a warrant for his arrest.”

    “The missing money was part of $8.8 billion of shrink-wrap-ped American cash that was flown into Iraq after Saddam fell but which is now unaccounted for. It is the subject of a congressional inquiry in Washington amid growing demands by Democrats to identify those responsible.”

    Missing cash
    $12 billion – cash shipped to Iraq from US in 2003-4
    $8.8 billion – total spent by Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and never accounted for
    $2.5 billion – Iraqi money spent by CPA from oil-for-food programme without proper accounts
    $800m – amount missing from Iraqi defence ministry
    $500m-$600m – missing from transport, electricity and interior ministries
    $69m – value of fuel missing from oil ministry

    Story;
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/iraq/article1497038.ece

  2. I wonder how many on this list are true ?
    Posted by: “Corey” cpmondello@yahoo.com cpmondello
    Sun Mar 11, 2007 2:02 pm (PST)

    GEORGE W. BUSH RESUME
    The White House, USA

    http://growpeace.blogspot.com/Public-Outcry/

    ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS PRESIDENT:

    * I attacked and took over two countries.
    * I spent the U.S. surplus and bankrupted the Treasury.
    * I shattered the record for biggest annual deficit in history.
    * I set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12 month period.
    * I set all-time record for biggest drop in the history of the stock market.
    * I am the first president in decades to execute a federal prisoner.
    * I am the first president in US history to enter office with a criminal record.
    * In my first year in office I set the all-time record for most days on vacation by any president in US history.
    * After taking the entire month of August off for vacation, I presided over the worst security failure in US history.
    * I set the record for most campaign fund raising trips by any president in US history.
    * In my first two years in office over 2 million Americans lost their job.
    * I cut unemployment benefits for more out-of-work Americans than any other president in US history.
    * I set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.
    * I appointed more convicted criminals to administration positions than any president in US history.
    * I set the record for the fewest press conferences of any president since the advent of TV.
    * I signed more laws and executive orders amending the Constitution than any other president in US history.
    * I presided over the biggest energy crises in US history and refused to intervene when corruption was revealed.
    * I presided over the highest gasoline prices in US history and refused to use the national reserves as past presidents have.
    * I cut health care benefits for war veterans.
    * I set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously take to the streets to protest me (15 million people), shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of mankind.
    * I dissolved more international treaties than any president in US history.
    * I’ve made my presidency the most secretive and unaccountable of any in US history.
    * Members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in US history. (The ‘poorest’ multimillionaire, Condoleeza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her).
    * I am the first president in US history to have all 50 states of the Union simultaneously go bankrupt.
    * I presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud in any market in any country in the history of the world.
    * I am the first president in US history to order a US attack and military occupation of a sovereign nation, and I did so against the will of the United Nations and the world community.
    * I have created the largest government department bureaucracy in the history of the United States.
    * I set the all-time record for biggest annual budget spending increases, more than any other president in US history.
    * I am the first president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the Human Rights Commission.
    * I am the first president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the Elections Monitoring Board.
    * I removed more checks and balances, and have the least amount of congressional oversight than any presidential administration in US history.
    * I rendered the entire United Nations irrelevant.
    * I withdrew from the World Court of Law.
    * I refused to allow inspectors access to US prisoners of war and by default no longer abide by the Geneva Conventions.
    * I am the first president in US history to refuse United Nations election inspectors access during the 2002 US elections.
    * I am the all-time US (and world) record holder for most corporate campaign donations.
    * The biggest lifetime contributor to my campaign, who is also one of my best friends, presided over one of the largest corporate bankruptcy frauds in world history (Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron Corporation). I spent more money on polls and focus groups than any president in US history.
    * I am the first president to run and hide when the US came under attack (and then lied, saying the enemy had the code to Air Force 1)
    * I am the first US president to establish a secret shadow government.
    * I took the world’s sympathy for the US after 911, and in less than a year made the US the most resented country in the world (possibly the biggest diplomatic failure in US and world history).
    * I am the first US president in history to have a majority of the people of Europe (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and stability.
    * I am the first US president in history to have the people of South Korea more threatened by the US than by their immediate neighbor, North Korea.
    * I changed US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.
    * I set the all-time record for number of administration appointees who violated US law by not selling their huge investments in corporations bidding for gov’t contracts.
    * I have removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in US history. In a little over two years I have created the most divided country in decades, possibly the most divided that the US has been since the civil war.
    * I entered office with the strongest economy in US history and in less than two years turned every single economic category heading straight down.

    * RECORDS AND REFERENCES:
    * I have at least one conviction for drunk driving in Maine (Texas driving record has been erased and is not available).
    * I was AWOL from the National Guard and deserted the military during a time of war. I refuse to take a drug test or even answer any questions about drug use.
    * All records of my tenure as governor of Texas have been spirited away to my fathers library, sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
    * All records of any SEC investigations into my insider trading or bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
    * All minutes of meetings of any public corporation for which I served on the board are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
    * Any records or minutes from meetings I (or my VP) attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review.

    RECORDS AND REFERENCES:
    * I have at least one conviction for drunk driving in Maine (Texas driving record has been erased and is not available).
    * I was AWOL from the National Guard and deserted the military during a time
    * of war. I refuse to take a drug test or even answer any questions about drug use.
    * All records of my tenure as governor of Texas have been spirited away to my fathers library, sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
    * All records of any SEC investigations into my insider trading or bankrupt
    * companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
    * All minutes of meetings of any public corporation for which I served on the board are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
    * Any records or minutes from meetings I (or my VP) attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review.

    PERSONAL REFERENCES:

    * For personal references, please speak to my dad or uncle James Baker (They can be reached in their offices at the Carlyle Group where they are helping to divide up the spoils of the US-Iraq war and plan for the next one.)

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