Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Hans Blix and the Iraq War

From and according to AP:

Blix: Britain Embellished Iraq Intel.

LONDON — 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 yesterday. (Taipei Times, Mar 13, 2007)

Blix said that Blair and US President George W. Bush had "lost a lot of confidence" once failures in intelligence were exposed, according to interview excerpts released in advance.

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