Blix reports hurts US call…

Blix reports hurts US call to war

Blix also flatly contradicts Colin Powell’s statements.

“Blix also said that assertions made last week by Powell that Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction had not been supported by subsequent inspections.

Pointing to one case Powell highlighted using satellite photos of a munitions depot, Blix said: “The reported movement of munitions at the site could just as easily have been a routine activity” as one designed to hide banned materials before inspections.  

He also took issue with Powell’s suggestion that Iraq was receiving advance notice of U.N. inspections.

“In no case have we seen convincing evidence that the Iraqi side knew in advance that the inspectors were coming,” he said.

Blix did report that findings by a panel of experts found that one of Iraq’s new missile systems exceeds the range limit set by Security Council resolutions. “

To the Point, a syndicated public radio news show from KRCW in Santa Monica CA reported that Powell was “thunder-faced” as Blix, in effect, said Powell had been misleading. Plus the Security Council applauded when the French speaker was done – and that applauding a speaker in the Security Council has never happened before.