Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix was interviewed by CNN war correspondent Christiane Amanpour on March 17, 2004. Describing the unsuccessful search for WMD, Blix said: “part of the problem was that he himself had believed the weapons probably existed. ‘I’m not here to have gut feelings,’ he said. ‘But yes, in December 2002 I thought Saddam had weapons of mass destruction.’ Still, ‘the objective was to inspect effectively and to report objectively.’ “ [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Bonnie Azab Powell, “U.N. Weapons Inspector Hans Blix Faults Bush Administration for Lack of ‘Critical Thinking’ in Iraq,” U.C. Berkeley News, March 18, 2004