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.
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"
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?
BT... I may be younger than you. But in my lifetime, I don't remember a candidate running for President for whom that wasn't a theme. So help me out here, which candidate didn't do that.
but one of those grown men thinks he hears the voice of God and doesn�t think that the conventional weapons stores in Iraq were a priority.
One of them says he is on a mssion from God...Hear what he has to say
***Quote of the Day:
"Do you remember an old musical comedy song that said, 'Anything you
can do I can do better'?
Who would have dreamed that someday a
grown man would be running for President of the United States on that
--Thomas Sowell, October 26, 204
Alpha, I asked you to present what Kerry has done for 15 years. Basically... has he shown leadership and the guts to strike pursue policies that he frames. Instead, you present his political speak, his 'different than bush' talk. That's nonsense. I can run with the same speak. Just what makes you feel he can bring home the bacon better than me? lol! You confuse 'say anything to get elected' with accomplishments and leadership. Just what has this man been doing for the last 15 years? Here's something that deeply disturbs me... he has voted against every privacy information law presented in Congress. whether it was medical privacy or financial privacy. His voting in this way shows that Kerry is a complex man, beholden to others, but I know not whom. So, I know I said I wouldn't ask again, but seeing that you didn't understand the question... Just what has Kerry done in the last 15 years when he had his constituents support?