Ambassador Hans Blix on the 'End' of the War In Iraq

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Former weapons inspector Hans Blix arrives to give evidence to Sir John Chilcott's Iraq inquiry on July 27, 2010 in London, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty)

The last convoy of U.S. combat troops left Iraq last night under cover of darkness. 440 troops of the 4/2 Stryker Brigade crossed into Kuwait, leaving behind another 56,000 U.S. service members in support and training roles. 6,000 are scheduled to withdraw by September 1st; another 50,000 will remain behind into 2011. 

Ambassador Hans Blix, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, led a team of UN inspectors into Iraq before the 2003 invasion, searching for weapons of mass destruction. They found none, but the invasion went ahead as planned. 

Read a full transcript.

In the past seven years, Blix has become a fierce critic of the war. We'll speak to him about the diplomatic and political lessons learned since 2003. 


Hans Martin Blix

Produced by:

Noel King and Elizabeth Ross

Comments [4]

Pete Simon from Denver

Regarding the timing of the troop pull-out:

Has anyone in the press corps asked if there is a correlation between the timing of the departure of U.S. ground troops, and the use of increasingly sophisticated drone aircraft (and/or other state-of-the-art surveillance techniques) to keep adversaries in check? We are keeping special forces in the country. So it stands to reason that drone aircraft surveillance, to whatever degree that is now technically possible, makes the activities of special forces that much more effective.

Aug. 19 2010 08:06 PM
david from NYC

Every time you use the word "war" when referring to the illegal occupation "nation building" of Iraq, you seriously embarrass yourself.

Nation building, spreading democracy, stabilizing government, imminent danger, creating jobs, training local police, training local army, school building.... etc... these are some of the "reasons" our soldiers have to die and lose limbs.

Seriously, please don't call it a war.

Aug. 19 2010 05:18 PM
Steve Blomstrom from Worcester, MA

Today you asked a soldier's wife if she thought the Iraq war was worth it. She basically "yes, because of 9-11 and so on". HELLOOOOO. Were you snoozing here? Shouldn't your response to that answer be something like "what's 9-11 got to do with our attacking Iraq?"
And what's with this woman who still thinks of 9-11 and the Iraq war as one? She needs a reverse brainwashing.

Aug. 19 2010 12:17 PM
Suneet Talpade from Wallingford, CT

Though I did not agree with Bush’s reasons for the war in Iraq, the fact that Iraq is now a fledgling democracy and is on the path away from the brutal dictatorship is definitely good. The cost in lives to both us and Iraqis is huge, but at least some good is slowly coming out of it.

Aug. 19 2010 09:33 AM

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