When people say things of this kind its usually because first of all they know people are saying such things about them, and they worry if they worry that if they don't say and do something people might think it to be true:
Not dogs on a leash, says Blix
The Daily Mirror, UK Apr 18 2003:
The chief UN arms inspector says his team is ready to get back into Iraq to finish the job of looking for any chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.
But he says his job is not to work under a new US-led disarmament effort.
"We're not dogs on a leash," Hans Blix said. "We have a mandate from the Security Council, and credibility requires that we have independent judgment."
He said UN teams would be willing to confirm any discoveries of banned weapons the Americans report.
US President George W Bush's administration said one of their main missions in launching the war on March 20 was to rid Iraq of the weapons it believes Saddam was concealing.
With US troops controlling most of Iraq, Washington has all but replaced the UN inspections with its own search for banned Iraqi weapons.
The US teams have visited between three and four dozen sites, a Pentagon official said.
So far they have found no evidence of weapons of mass destruction but some samples taken yesterday at the Tallil air base needed further testing, the official said.
Iraq acknowledged years ago that it had stored chemical artillery shells there during the Gulf War. But Saddam Hussein's regime had said at least since 1998 that it no longer had such weapons programmes.
US Secretary of State Colin Powell, in a failed effort to win international support for the war, told the UN in February that US intelligence proved Iraq had such weapons.