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Sunday, October 24, 2004

Where are the Earth-Shattering KaBoomers?

Good question. It seems that BushCo doesn't know either.

In their fantastic lack of planning for the War in Iraq BushCo failed to secure 350 TONS of the most powerful and brisant of the military high explosives.

~ The New York Times ~
Huge Cache of Explosives Vanished From Site in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Oct. 24 - 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.

The huge facility, called Al Qaqaa, was supposed to be under American military control but is now a no man's land, still picked over by looters as recently as Sunday. United Nations weapons inspectors had monitored the explosives for many years, but White House and Pentagon officials acknowledge that the explosives vanished sometime after the American-led invasion last year.

The White House said President Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, was informed within the past month that the explosives were missing. It is unclear whether President Bush was informed. American officials have never publicly announced the disappearance, but beginning last week they answered questions about it posed by The New York Times and the CBS News program "60 Minutes."

This is BAD stuff -
"A crude implosion device - like the one that the United States tested in 1945 in the New Mexican desert and then dropped on Nagasaki, Japan - needs about a ton of high explosive to crush the core and start the chain reaction." (NY Times)

Geez... combine this with the missing Nuke making gear we already lost and we got one huge ass crappy situation on our hands.

Talking Points Memo has much more on this monumental screwup.
"It is apparently widely believed within the US government that those looted explosives are what in many, perhaps most, cases is being used in car bombs and suicide attacks against US troops. That is, according to TPM sources and sources quoted in this evening's Nelson Report, where the story first broke.

One administration official told Nelson, "This is the stuff the bad guys have been using to kill our troops, so you can’t ignore the political implications of this, and you would be correct to suspect that politics, or the fear of politics, played a major role in delaying the release of this information."

So we went to war to keep our enemies from getting weapons and by doing so we gave our enemies more weapons than they could have imagined...not to mention targets to use them on.

good grief............ARRRGGGG.................