Hans Blix, the United Nation’s chief weapons inspector in Iraq, in his March 7, 2003, address to the UN Security Council, said that as of that date, less than 3 weeks before Bush invaded Iraq, that Iraq had capitulated to all demands for professional, no-notice weapons inspections all over Iraq and agreed to increased aerial surveillance by the U.S. over the “no-fly” zones.Though bobn implicitly acknowledges that pre-invasion Iraq never allowed no-notice inspections, he otherwise forgets the timing of Blix's statement. It came after the coalition inserted about 150,000 ready-to-strike troops on the Iraqi border. Saddam--having never permitted no-notice inspections--suddenly vowed to do so in the future. Such a promise should be given little weight given Saddam's record of continuous commitment flouting. So, as I observed when "Fisking" Bugliosi, Blix said no more than "Saddam hadn't showed him any" WMDs.
More importantly, the sole reason for this 11th hour concession was the threat of force of the coalition's combined military personnel and weapons. And, by that point, the benefits of toppling Saddam--ending the killing of Iraqi people and reducing his support to regional terrorism--made invasion inevitable.
Neville Chamberlain believed surrendering part of Czechoslovakia would preserve the remainder. It didn’t. He thought Hitler could be trusted. The Fuhrer believed in "the big lie"--and couldn’t be. Appeasing a thug prolongs his reign--just ask the people of Zimbabwe, if any remain. Inaction can be more deadly than war.
A last-minute pledge from a desperate dictator isn't a smoking gun--it's evidence bobn is smoking something.