A holiday

A holiday
: I hereby declare this Monday a national holiday: It’s Hans Blix Retirement Day. At last.

  • http://x Sharkey

    er… hasn’t he turned out to be right?

  • Shalegrey

    Sharkey, he was given 12 years… can we have at least one? After all, we’re trying to keep the country from falling apart. Hell, I’d say we’re ahead of the competition just on the fact that when we found the prison full of children WE LET THEM OUT rather than pretending we didn’t see it like the UN inspection teams under Mr Blix…

  • balbulican

    The catchphrase used to be “knee-jerk liberals”, didn’t it? Nowadays, the jerking knees are pretty much lined up on the right, doin’ the Dubya can-can.
    Hans Blix did his job effectively under what must have been inconceivable political pressure. He reported honestly and accurately on what he found, and his reports have, so far, stood up to public scrutiny somewhat better than the…”intelligence”…used by the US and Britain to justify their invasion.
    When his investigations failed to provide the evidence sought, it was, of course, necessary to dismiss him as a dupe, or a overly cautious UN bureaucrat, or a closet anti-American…or whatever excuse one needed to ignore his actual findings. Too bad: I think the world needs more honest investigators and fewer spin doctors.

  • Joshua Chamberlain

    I think Hans Blix Retirement Day is a great idea, because then maybe Blix will SHUT UP!
    Hans Blix did his job effectively under what must have been inconceivable political pressure.
    [YES, FROM IRAQ, FRANCE AND RUSSIA.]
    He reported honestly and accurately on what he found, and his reports have, so far, stood up to public scrutiny somewhat better than the…”intelligence”…used by the US and Britain to justify their invasion.
    [IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE FOR BLIX TO REPORT ANYTHING "ACCURATELY" WITH ACTIVE INTERFERENCE FROM THE IRAQI MUKHABARAT AND SPECIAL SECURITY ORGANIZATION.]
    When his investigations failed to provide the evidence sought, it was, of course, necessary to dismiss him as a dupe, or a overly cautious UN bureaucrat, or a closet anti-American…or whatever excuse one needed to ignore his actual findings. Too bad: I think the world needs more honest investigators and fewer spin doctors.
    ["dupe, or a overly cautious UN bureaucrat, or a closet anti-American" IF THE SHOE FITS, WEAR IT.]

  • Ross

    > I think Hans Blix Retirement Day is a great idea, because then maybe Blix will SHUT UP!
    A nice thought, Joshua, but retirement doesn’t seem to have made Scott Ritter any less verbose.

  • http://www.TheJuxtaposition.com David

    “Hans Blix did his job effectively under what must have been inconceivable political pressure. He reported honestly and accurately on what he found, …”
    Much like his handling of Chernobyl? He was clearly on the take from the Soviets in his handling of that incident.

  • balbulican

    Joshua, if anything you said was actually supposed to address anything I said…sorry, I’m afraid I missed the connection. Unless you’re of the “anyone who disagrees with my President is the Antichrist” persuasion.
    David, you’re suggesting…what?

  • http://www.TheJuxtaposition.com David

    I’m suggesting his handling of the Chernobyl incident was negligent at best and criminal at worst. There was nothing honest or accurate about his certifications there. Dr. Blix began in Iraq with a credibility problem.

  • balbulican

    We could compare Dr. Blix’s credibility on Chernobyl with Mr. Bush’s credibility on Enron, I supposed, but in both cases that would be what I believe philosphy students refer to as “poisoning the well”, no?
    Are you suggesting that Dr. Blix’s management of the Iraq investigation was “negligent” or “criminal”?

  • http://www.TheJuxtaposition.com David

    Funny how you make it a pro-Bush vs. anti-Bush argument. So you defend Dr. Blix with an “attack” on Bush.
    My logic — Dr. Blix has been less than credible in his role of inspector in the past, thus he shouldn’t be given absolute trust in a similar role.
    Your retort — Bush knows some guys at Enron and Enron is bad (and whatever else you’re implying), thus we should cut Dr. Blix some slack.
    I’m not arguing or ceeding Enron, but somehow this line of thinking doesn’t work for me.

  • balbulican

    “Funny how you make it a pro-Bush vs. anti-Bush argument. So you defend Dr. Blix with an “attack” on Bush.” You miss the point, David, I’m afraid. Let me try again.
    You attacked Dr. Blix’s credibility with the suggestion that his handling of Chernobyl was “negligent” or “criminal”. I was discussing his handling of Iraq. In a previous post I had noted that Dr. Blix’s assessment of Iraq’s WMD appear in retrospect to have been more accurate than those of the US Administration.
    Now, once again…are you suggesting that Dr. Blix’s management of the Iraq investigation was “negligent” or “criminal”?