Saturday, August 05, 2006

Hans Blix vs. Colin Powell on WMDs in Iraq

I've posted a couple of blog entries on the state of affairs in Iraq, and mosts of the people who have responded to my posts have a very different take on the situation than I do. I expected as much. To wit, Harold C. Hutchison writes:
"Taking down Saddam's regime was the right call. As Senator Norm Coleman has shown, the UN was compromised due to the widespread corruption in the Oil-for-Food program. Trust the UN's inspectors to do the job? Thanks, but no thanks."
This is a classic red herring argument that seeks to poison the proverbial well while distracting from the fact that most people are blisfully unaware of the fact that President Dubya failed and refused to give Hans Blix and his weapons inspectors from the United Nations (U.N.) the time that they wanted and needed to complete their work in Iraq.

At no point in time has the competence or integrity of Hans Blix and his team of weapons inspectors from the U.N. come into question. What has come into question is the competence and integrity of Dubya's administration in providing former Secretary of State Colin Powell with the obviously faulty intelligence that he used to argue Dubya's case before the U.N. When Blix heard this evidence, he contradicted Powell's conclusions. Also worthy of note is the fact that Powell opposed the invasion of Iraq in 1991 as well as the invasion in March 2003, preferring a policy of containment.
"When Powell left the Bush administration in January 2005, he was widely seen as having been at odds with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney over foreign policy choices.

"It was Powell who told the United Nations and the world that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and posed an imminent threat. . . . [H]e feels "terrible" about the claims he made in that now-infamous address — assertions that later proved to be false.

"When asked if he feels it has tarnished his reputation, he said, 'Of course it will. It's a blot. I'm the one who presented it on behalf of the United States to the world, and [it] will always be a part of my record. It was painful. It's painful now.'"


Blogger Harold C. Hutchison said...

I think the recovered memos clearly put the lie to a lot of these claims.

What, exactly, was Saddam doing with 55-gallon barrels of cyclosarin next to empty chemical shells and rockets? I suppose, if I have a Glock 9mm pistol field-stripped, with the clips unloaded, I do not have a pistol.

Colin Powell's being too hard on himself in this case. His big mistake as Secretary of State, in my opinion, was his decision to blacklist the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia.

6:17 AM, August 07, 2006  

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