Former United Nations chief weapons inspector Hans Blix on Wednesday described the United States-led invasion of Iraq as a “pure failure” that had left the country worse off than under the rule of Saddam Hussein.

I think many people have said this now.  Wasn’t Senator Rockefeller one of them?

IMO, we could have paid Saddam to behave better for a lot less money and lives.  But the truth may also be that Iraq needs a “strongman dictator” to keep the different factions in order.  

In unusually harsh comments to Danish newspaper Politiken, the diplomatic Swede said the US government had ended up in a situation in which neither staying nor leaving Iraq were good options.

“Iraq is a pure failure,” Blix was quoted as saying. “If the Americans pull out, there is a risk that they will leave a country in civil war. At the same time, it doesn’t seem that the United States can help to stabilize the situation by staying there.”

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‘Saddam would still have been sitting in office’
Blix said the situation would have been better if the war had not taken place.

“Saddam would still have been sitting in office. Okay, that is negative and it would not have been joyful for the Iraqi people. But what we have gotten is undoubtedly worse,” he was quoted as saying.

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Ultimately a US-led coalition invaded Iraq and no such weapons were found. – Sapa-AP

    * This article was originally published on page 14 of The Mercury on October 26, 2006

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More ammo for democrats over the next few weeks.

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