U.S. Failed To Secure 380 Tons of Explosives in Iraq

CNN:

Now tell me Tom, this sounds like a big deal. Is this a big deal?

What an idiot.

The New York times reports: 380 tons of powerful explosives were looted from a former military installation in Iraq shortly after the U.S. invasion. The explosives vanished at a time that the site was supposed to have been secured by U.S. forces. The missing explosives, HMX and RDX, are strong enough to shatter airplanes and tear apart buildings. The Nelson Report quotes unnamed U.S. officials who say the explosives have since been used to attack U.S. forces. One official said “this is the stuff the bad guys have been using to kill our troops.” The explosives could also be used to trigger a nuclear weapon. Bush administration officials have not been able to explain why the explosives were not safeguarded. According to the Times, the International Atomic Energy Agency publicly warned about the danger of the explosives before the war, and had specifically told U.S. officials about the need to keep the explosives secured. Two months after the U.S. invasion, an internal I.A.E.A. memorandum warned that whoever seized the material might be helping “themselves to the greatest explosives bonanza in history.” The U.S. has never publicly admittedly the explosives had gone missing but officials admitted it happened when questioned by the Times. The Nelson Report newsletter is also reporting the U.S. pressured Iraqis not to report the missing explosives to the United Nations.

My God, this is so goddamned stupid I don’t know where to start. Thank God we guarded the oil fields and didn’t bother to secure this or the museums.

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2 thoughts on “U.S. Failed To Secure 380 Tons of Explosives in Iraq

  1. andrew

    It’s possible that western secret forces have taken the explosives for use in covert operations. Or would this be paranoid-conspiracy-theorising? It’s the sort of thing Oliver North would have done.

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