Monday, October 25, 2004

Holy Crap -- "the greatest explosives bonanza in history"

Tracking the Weapons: Huge Cache of Explosives Vanished From Site in Iraq

And people are voting for Bush because he will make us safer?


Snolen said...

Not so fast.

NBC News: Miklaszewski: “April 10, 2003, only three weeks into the war, NBC News was embedded with troops from the Army's 101st Airborne as they temporarily take over the Al Qakaa weapons installation south of Baghdad. But these troops never found the nearly 380 tons of some of the most powerful conventional explosives, called HMX and RDX, which is now missing. The U.S. troops did find large stockpiles of more conventional weapons, but no HMX or RDX, so powerful less than a pound brought down Pan Am 103 in 1988, and can be used to trigger a nuclear weapon. In a letter this month, the Iraqi interim government told the International Atomic Energy Agency the high explosives were lost to theft and looting due to lack of security. Critics claim there were simply not enough U.S. troops to guard hundreds of weapons stockpiles, weapons now being used by insurgents and terrorists to wage a guerrilla war in Iraq.” (NBC’s “Nightly News,” 10/25/04)

If this story pans out, can we please drop the pretense that no liberal bias exists in the media? When was the last time the Times or CBS ran a wrong story that made Kerry look bad?

Kuz said...

I found a direct rebuttal to this.

The gist is this: inspectors certified the explosives were there in March. For this scenario to be true, the 40 heavy truckloads of explosive would have to have been moved out without detection, during a time when we had total air supremacy and heavy surveillance of all of their known potential WMD sites. And this would have to have taken place in the window of one month. If that's true, then it's a huge failure anyway, not exculpatory evidence.

Oh, and if it's true, and the explosives were moved out before the war and were never under our control, why didn't the press secretary just say that yesterday, instead of just denying knowledge of everything?
He said that they only found out about it 10 days ago, that 380 tons of bomb was insignificant to the tons of "munitions" (guns and bullets, mostly) that they've picked up, etc.

Does that make sense to anyone? a priority weapons site was looted before we got there, and 18 months later, the only authority we have to go on is NBC?

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