Hans Blix, 2003 News
chief UN weapons inspector, delivered several reports to the UN Security Council on his team's search for chemical and biological weapons inside Iraq. In his first report, Blix said, “Iraq appears not to have come to a genuine acceptance, not even today, of the disarmament that was demanded of it.” Once Iraq began to show signs of cooperation, Blix urged the members of the Security Council to give the inspectors more time to complete the task. President Bush was repeatedly angered by Blix's measured, circumspect reports that failed to provide the president with a “smoking gun” to help build the case for war in Iraq. He retired in June.