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  • ray94553 ray94553 Oct 26, 2004 5:22 PM Flag

    Missing Weapons

    The International Atomic Energy Agency revealed Monday that it had been told two weeks ago by the Iraqi government that 380 tons of HMX and RDX disappeared from Al Qaqaa after Saddam Hussein's government fell.
    In a letter to the IAEA dated October 10, Iraq's director of planning, Mohammed Abbas, said the material disappeared sometime after Saddam's regime fell in April 2003, which he attributed to "the theft and looting of the governmental installations due to lack of security."
    Baghdad fell on April 9, 2003. According to NBC, troops from the 101st Airborne arrived the next day and could not the material.
    At the Pentagon, officials said that the site had been repeatedly searched but the high explosives the IAEA described were never found.
    h**p://edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/10/26/iraq.explosives/

    It was also reported earlier : "The news of the missing explosives followed an IAEA report earlier this month that said high-end, dual-use machinery that could be used in a nuclear weapons program was missing from Iraq's nuclear facilities"

    h**p://edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/10/12/iraq.nuclear/index.html

    The root cause of the failure here are the facts that the IAEA had identified the critical stores and equipment prior to the invasion and the U.S. failed to take the appropriate and necessary actions to control the situation.
    There are standard ops that are available to those in command to remotely secure an area behind the enemy lines prior to any full scale attack. Those options include but are not limited to Special Ops securing the area by blowing roads and bridges and/or aerial mining with anti personnel mines.
    This represents a strategic failure or the first order that makes "Shock and Awe" look like an episode of the Keystone Cops.

    How many more screw ups are we going to see with this trigger happy cowboy in office?

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