Cooperating? Did y'all miss these Blix reports?<quoted text> ... Hans Blix was telling Bush et. al. that there was no evidence of WMD and that Saddam was cooperating and that we shouldn't invade. Did y'all miss that?
1)"THE SECURITY COUNCIL, 27 JANUARY 2003: AN UPDATE ON INSPECTION"
Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC, Dr. Hans Blix
"...In 1991, resolution 687 (1991), adopted unanimously as a part of the cease-fire after the Gulf War, had five major elements. The three first related to disarmament. They called for :
- declarations by Iraq of its programmes of weapons of mass destruction and long range missiles;
- verification of the declarations through UNSCOM and the IAEA;
- supervision by these organizations of the destruction or the elimination of proscribed programmes and items....
- Cooperation on process (UNSCOM and IAEA inspections)
Iraq has on the whole cooperated rather well so far with UNMOVIC in this field.... In this updating I am bound, however, to register some problems ... I am obliged to note some recent disturbing incidents and harassment....
- Cooperation on substance ((the declarations mentioned by Blix in his introduction)
The substantive cooperation required relates above all to the obligation of Iraq to declare all programmes of weapons of mass destruction and either to present items and activities for elimination or else to provide evidence supporting the conclusion that nothing proscribed remains....
They deserve to be taken seriously by Iraq rather than being brushed aside as evil machinations of UNSCOM. Regrettably, the 12,000 page declaration, most of which is a reprint of earlier documents, does not seem to contain any new evidence that would eliminate the questions or reduce their number."
2)February 2003 update
"Mr. President, in my 27th of January update to the council, I said that it is seen from our experience that Iraq had decided in principle to provide cooperation on process....
In my last updating, I also said that a decision to cooperate on substance was indispensable, in order to bring, through inspection, the disarmament task to completion and to set the monitoring system on a firm course. Such cooperation as I have noted requires more than the opening of doors. In the words of Resolution 1441, it requires immediate, unconditional and active efforts by Iraq to resolve existing questions of disarmament....
The declaration submitted by Iraq on the 7th of December last year, despite its large volume, missed the opportunity to provide the fresh material and evidence needed to respond to the open questions. This is, perhaps, the most important problem we are facing.... Iraq itself must squarely tackle this task and avoid belittling the questions...."
3)Blix speech to UN March 7, 2003
"Mr. President, Iraq, with a highly developed administrative system, should be able to provide more documentary evidence about its proscribed weapons programs. Only a few new such documents have come to light so far and been handed over since we began inspections...."
After 12 years, Iraq STILL had TWO major disarmament obligations per the cease-fire agreement to fulfill. Both were equally important.
One involved inspections (process)
The other involved providing current "full, final and complete disclosure" (declarations) of all aspects of its WMD programs.
Iraq NEVER fully complied with the second. In February, Blix called this non-compliance the "most important problem we face."
Three weeks before the invasion, Blix said "only a few such documents" had been handed over since the resumption of inspections.
Now, what were you saying about "cooperation"???