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More Iraqi Weapons fall Into the Hands of Terrorists

In a recent post here I pointed out that since Bush’s execution of the war in Iraq has never had enough boots on the ground, as a consequence, if there had been WMD in Iraq, they’d probably be in the hands of terrorists right now. Today’s headlines unfortunately support that argument. The IAEA confirmed recently that several hundred tons of conventional explosives are missing from a former Iraqi military facility.

The story is quite similar to the one I posted earlier, but a little scarier. The earlier disappearance was industrial materials that "could be turned to use in a nuclear weapons program", according to the CNN story. The latest disappearance was of "dual-use" high explosives - explosives that had industrial uses, but could also be used conveniently for bombs, or as a detonator for a nuke.

From the latest story:

A Western diplomat close to the IAEA, who declined to be named, said it was difficult to understand why the U.S. military had failed to secure the facility despite knowing how sensitive the site was. "This was a very well known site. If you could have picked a few sites that you would have to secure then ... Al Qaqaa would certainly be one of the main ones," the diplomat said.

But of course, this is the good news. The bad news is that if Saddam really had been running a WMD program when we invaded, then terrorists would have access to more than just the detonators.

Posted by William Cohen at October 25, 2004 9:07 AM