Usually when political leaders retired, except for an occasional TV or radio appearance to discuss an issue, they just faded into the background. At least that's how things used to be.
Not so with former President Bill Clinton, who loves the sound of his own voice and continues to rewrite the history of his presidency, with the help of members of the news media who lap-dance for the man at every turn. Not so with former Vice President Al Gore; or former President Jimmy Carter. Of course, it takes two to tango, and the elite media are more than willing to be dance partners for these icons of the left.
And now we have Hans "Living the High Life on Other People's Money" Blix, the former head arms inspector for the United Nations. If you'll recall, Blix was the leader of a team of WMD inspectors playing hide and seek with Iraq's dictator Saddam Hussein. Of course, if anyone was actually seeking Hans, they'd have a better chance of locating him in a chic Manhattan eatery than in Iraq. But the New York Times loved the man as did other liberal-infested news organizations.
And we all know that if they love you, you are an automatic contender for a Nobel prize or -- as in the case of Rep. John "Tokyo Rose" Murtha (as talk host Mark Levin labeled him) -- you get a JFK Profiles in Courage Award, although I'm still trying to figure out how much courage it takes to go on TV and slam an unpopular president. I mean really! New York Controller Alan Hevesi made comments at a college commencement about capping the President of the United States with a bullet to his brain. If they gave Murtha an award, by their standards, the liberals should give Hevesi two of them.
Anyway, back to Hans "Man About Town" Blix. While heading a panel of other windbags, Blix commented that Iran and Israel should both end nuclear enrichment as part of a renewed drive to rid the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction. Hmmmm. So Blix sees a moral equivalency between the democratic nation of Israel and the Islamofascist Iran. Personally, I'm not too worried about Israel launching a nuclear attack on the US.
Blix's Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission also recommended adopting a treaty banning nuclear testing by all nuclear powers that have not already done so, including the United States, China, India and Pakistan.
"The reality is that if the US were to ratify, then China would. If China did, India would. If India did, Pakistan would. If Pakistan did, then Iran would. It would set in motion a good domino effect," Blix told a news conference.
I wonder how many dry martinis Hans had before he made that statement. Wow, the simplicity of it all. The genius of Hans Blix! If only we Americans had thought of that ... wait, we have. And we looked around at the world and realized only a fool like Clinton and Carter would buy such rubbish -- which they kind of did with North Korea. They took taxpayers money and bribed the North Korean government into not pursuing nuclear weapons. And we know how well that went, don't we?
Blix led the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog agency, for 16 years before heading the UN search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq just ahead of the March 2003 US-led invasion. That fact says more about the IAEA and the UN than it does about the Swedish blimp.
"If the focus was placed on all Middle Eastern states, that would mean that Iran would refrain from this. It would also mean that Israel would commit itself not to make more plutonium. They are assumed to have about 200 nuclear weapons," Blix told reporters.
There you go: blame the Jews, Hans.
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria and other regional states would also be asked to refrain from enrichment, he added, which "would walk in the direction of a zone free of weapons of mass destruction rather than away from it."
How gullible is this Blix character? And the UN sent him to oversee the search for WMD in Iraq? Heck, Saddam could have moved all of Mosul into Syria under Blix's nose and he'd never know it. (Blix: "Driver, where are you going? I want to go to Mosul. What do you mean it's in Syria?").
Blix said the West should recognize Tehran might feel threatened by the presence of US troops in nearby Iraq and Afghanistan. For that reason the commission said countries acknowledging nuclear arsenals should offer legally binding assurances to those countries without atomic arms that they will not come under nuclear attack. So there you have it. The US is scaring Iran and it's all the fault of the Jews. And Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Syria are nations to be trusted. And the UN will enforce legally binding assurances.
Anyone out there have a Putz of the Year Award for Hans?
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for a number of organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com, and can be ordered at local bookstores. Kouri holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and master of arts in public administration and he's a board certified protection professional.