4th July 13:41
Bushies tried to intimidate Blix before the Iraq war.
From Reuters, 8/29/03:
Blix felt US intimidating him before Iraq war
Former chief U.N. arms inspector Hans Blix felt Washington was
intimidating him to produce reports that would justify military action
in the run-up to the Iraq war, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog
said on Friday.
In an interview on BBC television's Hardtalk, International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei also said he believed
Iraq had not tried to revive its clandestine nuclear weapons programme
as the United States and Britain insist.
Blix and ElBaradei led the hunt for Iraq's alleged weapons of mass
destruction for nearly four months late last year and early this year.
The IAEA hunted for nuclear weapons, while Blix's UNMOVIC monitoring
agency looked for chemical, biological and ballistic arms.
Asked if the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush had tried
to intimidate him to produce reports support their case for a war on
Iraq, ElBaradei said it had not.
''I think there were probably more efforts to intimidate Hans Blix,
because there were more serious concerns about chemical and biological
(weapons),'' he said.
''Hans complained a lot about the media campaign, some of the
administration's efforts to put pressure on him.''
The Bush administration sharply criticised Blix before the war for
refusing to back U.S. and British assertions about Iraq's weapons
programmes in his reports to the U.N. Security Council.
Bush playing the Godfather again.