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Thursday, October 28, 2004

Explosive! and Substantial

The following are all selections from Juan Cole's 'Informed Comment'
When I have a chance I'll add some of his links to the (continually updated) timeline, but for tonight the reading illustrates the message. The message, as leaves no doubt is: Incompetence, poor planning, war without a reason. Yet the U.S. Wants No UN Help Probing Missing Explosives I wonder why.
There are no excuses. It is indeed criminal.

Bush is Making us Safer?
Bush not only failed to have al-Qaqaa guarded against theft of HMX and RDX, not only failed to guard against theft of dual-use equipment from a long-defunct nuclear program site, but also failed to do the elementary work of ensuring that the notorious al-Tuwaitha facility was secured against the theft of radiocative materials!

Since Tuwaitha was the great bugaboo impelling the Iraq war in the first place, you would imagine that Bush would have sent out a unit to secure and search it immediately. But no, he politely let the looters have a look-around first, waiting in line.

Iraqi Officials Deny Early Disappearance of Explosives
Dr. Muhammad Sharaa who leads Iraq's science monitoring department, denies that the 380 tons of high explosives that has gone missing could have been moved in spring of 2003 before or during the war.

Brown: 2004 Bremer Report on al-Qaqaa Looting
The reason we don’t know when the explosives disappeared is that we were not securing or monitoring the site.

Deadly Dual Use Explosives Missing: Part Deux
The Bush administration's attempts to pull the wool over the eyes of the American public fails on several grounds. First, there is every indication that al-Qaqaa was not secured and could not have been secured. That is because Bush did not send enough troops to Iraq to do the job that needed to be done. It was Bush's decision.
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