Well here's how clueless even an overall "objective" report from NBC is:<br>(from today's NBC report on this story via MSNBC)<br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>The letter informed the IAEA that since Sept. 4, 2003, looting at Al-Qaqaa had resulted in the loss of 214.67 tons of HMX, 155.68 tons of RDX and 6.39 tons of PETN explosives. It was not clear how Iraqi authorities arrived at that date.<p><hr></blockquote><p>"The letter" referred to is obviously the one shown previously in this post. See how they are reporting the letter says the the looting has occured since Sept. 4 2003? And they don't know how they arrived at that date?<br><br>Well the "date" is shown as 9/4/2003 in the letter. Which means April 9th, 2003. CLUELESS!<br><br>That date is the date Bagdad came under coalition "control".<br>But, it's still true we don't know how Iraqi officials arrived at that date either other than it is a "significant" date in the war.<br><br>No sig right now, waiting for the next Kerry flip-flop. .
why didn't we just drop bombs on the weapons bunkers at the start of the war? isn't that just elementary war planning 101?<br><br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
Haha, that's pretty bad. This wouldn't happen to be the same NBC journalist that "inspected" Al-Qaqaa with the military last spring is it? <br><br>I'm kidding, but it does segue into a point being made in the link I posted above. More than one former inspector has been interviewed and said that they don't believe military soldiers could have made the assessment that the weapons were already gone. Apparently the location is huge and they weren't at all trained to know what to look for.<br><br>What the soldiers did find was some "white powder" that they thought might have been chemical or biological weapon precursors. In fact, it turned out to be explosives.<br><br>Personally I find it hard to believe that even untrained individuals couldn't assess whether 380 tons of weapons were present or not (even at a large facility), but then what do I know.<br><br>
And here's an interview with our favorite NBC reporter today on MSNBC. Oh yeah... they "inspected" it. Oh brother. <br><br><blockquote>Amy Robach: And it's still unclear exactly when those explosives disappeared. Here to help shed some light on that question is Lai Ling. She was part of an NBC news crew that traveled to that facility with the 101st Airborne Division back in April of 2003. Lai Ling, can you set the stage for us? What was the situation like when you went into the area?<br><br>Lai Ling Jew: When we went into the area, we were actually leaving Karbala and we were initially heading to Baghdad with the 101st Airborne, Second Brigade. The situation in Baghdad, the Third Infantry Division had taken over Baghdad and so they were trying to carve up the area that the 101st Airborne Division would be in charge of. Um, as a result, they had trouble figuring out who was going to take up what piece of Baghdad. They sent us over to this area in Iskanderia. We didn't know it as the Qaqaa facility at that point but when they did bring us over there we stayed there for quite a while. Almost, we stayed overnight, almost 24 hours. And we walked around, we saw the bunkers that had been bombed, and that exposed all of the ordinances that just lied dormant on the desert.<br><br><br>AR: Was there a search at all underway or was, did a search ensue for explosives once you got there during that 24-hour period?<br><br><br>LLJ: No. There wasn't a search. The mission that the brigade had was to get to Baghdad. That was more of a pit stop there for us. And, you know, the searching, I mean certainly some of the soldiers head off on their own, looked through the bunkers just to look at the vast amount of ordnance lying around. But as far as we could tell, there was no move to secure the weapons, nothing to keep looters away. But there was – at that point the roads were shut off. So it would have been very difficult, I believe, for the looters to get there.<br><br><br>AR: And there was no talk of securing the area after you left. There was no discussion of that?<br><br><br>LLJ: Not for the 101st Airborne, Second Brigade. They were -- once they were in Baghdad, it was all about Baghdad, you know, and then they ended up moving north to Mosul. Once we left the area, that was the last that the brigade had anything to do with the area.<br><br><br>AR: Well, Lai Ling Jew, thank you so much for shedding some light into that situation. We appreciate it. <br></blockquote><br><br>
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