Monday, October 25, 2004

Huge Cache of Explosives Vanished From Site in Iraq

The New York Times > International > Middle East > Tracking the Weapons: Huge Cache of Explosives Vanished From Site in Iraq

This is bad.

The Iraqi interim government has warned the United States and international nuclear inspectors that nearly 380 tons of powerful conventional explosives - used to demolish buildings, make missile warheads and detonate nuclear weapons - are missing from one of Iraq's most sensitive former military installations.

But it gets worse.

Administration officials say they cannot explain why the explosives were not safeguarded.

Condi Rice was told a month ago. They were stolen while the country was still under the CPA. And now they're being used against our soldiers.

And Scott McClellan gives this excuse today:
At the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom there were a number of priorities. It was a priority to make sure that the oil fields were secure, so that there wasn't massive destruction of the oil fields, which we thought would occur. It was a priority to get the reconstruction office up and running. It was a priority to secure the various ministries, so that we could get those ministries working on their priorities, whether it was --

We secured the oil fields, but didn't secure ammo dumps that we knew existed. Oh, and then we didn't bother guarding treasures or preventing looting from the very offices that would have contained any information on any WMD, if there were any.

Glad to know we have our priorities.

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