Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Wednesday, September 18, 2002

This is what Richard Butler, Scott Ritter's ex-boss as Cheif U.N. Arms Inspector, has to say about Saddam's offer.

"But what we really needed to hear is that you can inspect without conditions, that is you can go anywhere, anytime. It did not say that, that is a black hole. That is a significant omission," Butler said. "It is a very snakey letter."

He said that if inspectors did not have unfettered access to Iraqi facilities, they did not have "a snowball's chance in hell" of establishing whether Iraq had nuclear, chemical or germ weapons.

"Iraq's basic position is to say it has no weapons of mass destruction ... that is a black lie," Butler said. "The Russians know it, the French know it... they're the ones who are saying this letter is okay, let's go with it."

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