"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Al Qaqaa Story Is Ca-Ca

The New York Times reports that "Officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency had warned American officials before the war began that nearly 380 tons of high explosives were hidden at the stockpile called Al Qaqaa."

The IAEA had visited the site nine times, and had tagged the material, whose existence was well documented and known to the U.S. And yet, the Times makes it appear that the IAEA made a desperate attempt to "warn" U.S. officials, and its warning went unheeded.

Furthermore, the paper's use of the word "hidden" makes it appear that the IAEA was aware that the material was not in plain sight, which would support the Times' and Kerry's assertion that our troops missed finding and securing it. But it doesn't make sense that the IAEA would tag hidden material, and if it was hidden after the IAEA left, how would it know?

TimesWatch points out that an April 2003 report from none other than CBS News strongly indicates that the 3rd Infantry Division thoroughly searched the Al Qaqaa site and did not find any HMX or RDX high explosives. This preceded the 101st Airborne's visit to the site a week later, on which NBC News has recently reported, saying that the 101st did not find any explosives, either.

If they weren't there when Baghdad fell, then Saddam must have moved them prior to the invasion. This is the "Occam's razor" explanation. One has to make too many unreasonable assumptions to conclude that insurgents carted off the stuff with 30 or 40 heavy trucks.