Allies relied on 'poor' intelligence on Iraq, says Blix
Hans Blix, the former chief UN weapons inspector, accused US and British intelligence yesterday of paying too much attention to Iraqi defectors who told them that Saddam Hussein's regime had weapons of mass destruction, because that was what they wanted to hear.
The former head of the UN's Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) has maintained for years that his team of inspectors should have been allowed more time to complete their work in Iraq, which was cut short by the invasion in March 2003. He claimed yesterday that the US administration at the time was "high on military" and thought that "they could get away with it and therefore it was desirable".
Giving evidence at the Iraq Inquiry he argued that it was "absurd" for the US and British governments to claim that they invaded Iraq to uphold the authority of the UN Security Council when they knew they could not get a majority resolution through the council in favour of war.
(and they never did. kofi anan said that the american invasion and occupation of iraq was illegal in the eyes of the UN.)