Sunday, October 24, 2004

Bush Allowed Looting of 380 Tons of Iraqi Explosives

One of Bush's ostensible reasons for invading Iraq was to prevent Saddam from giving weapons to terrorists. Now we learn that Bush left 380 tons of RDX and HMX explosives, the most powerful in the world, unguarded after the invasion. It was looted and has been used ever since to blow up our soldiers.

The explosives had been put under seal by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and carefully monitored by them prior to the invasion. The U.S. was notified of the cache prior to the invasion, but didn't guard it. After the invasion, the U.S. prohibited the IAEA from entering Iraq to supervise its nuclear components. The RDX and HMX can be used to trigger nuclear explosions.

Apparently, the unguarded exposives -- 40 mack trucks of them -- were looted over a year ago, but the U.S. hid the theft from the IAEA and the American public, even prohibiting the provisional government from reporting it. The so-called "sovereign" interim Iraqi government just reported the loss to the IAEA a month ago, which is why the story emerged only now.

This administration's criminal negligence is killing our soldiers. Enough explosives were taken to keep terrorists fully supplied for years.

See Josh Marshall for more.

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