Blix bashes Bush bullshit
1) Hans Blix says his UN report has no evidence for Iraq war.
“Days after delivering a broadly negative report on Iraq’s cooperation with international inspectors, Hans Blix on Wednesday challenged several of the Bush administration’s assertions about Iraqi cheating and the notion that time was running out for disarming Iraq through peaceful means.
Mr. Blix took issue with what he said were Secretary of State Colin L. Powell’s claims that the inspectors had found that Iraqi officials were hiding and moving illicit materials within and outside of Iraq to prevent their discovery. He said that the inspectors had reported no such incidents.”
Translation: Blix says Washington grossly distorted and lied about his report.
2) Europe loses advocate With Powell’s Iraq shift
Colin Powell will be revealing “secret evidence” soon about all the bad nasty things Saddam is doing. Well pardon my cycnicism, but if they had real evidence, wouldn’t it have been released long ago?
So, we have a newly warlike Colin Powell. Tell me, is he a born-again hawk or simply finally showing his true colors? Many have thought he was a genuine voice of moderation, I wonder. Hard cop, soft cop is a time honored ploy, y’know. This may have been his real role all along.
3) As for Powell’s “secret evidence”
FBI & CIA skeptical of Iraq – Al-Qaeda links
“At the Federal Bureau of Investigation, some investigators said they were baffled by the Bush administration’s insistence on a solid link between Iraq and Osama bin Laden’s network. “We’ve been looking at this hard for more than a year and you know what, we just don’t think it’s there,” a government official said.
Mr. Bush asserted in his State of the Union address this week that Iraq was protecting and aiding Qaeda operatives, but American intelligence and law enforcement officials said the evidence was fragmentary and inconclusive.
“It’s more than just skepticism,” said one official, describing the feelings of some analysts in the intelligence agencies. “I think there is also a sense of disappointment with the community’s leadership that they are not standing up for them at a time when the intelligence is obviously being politicized.”
Translation: Bush & Powell saying that links exist between Iraq and al-Qaeda is not supported by any evidence.