CHESTER HAS MOVED!: Huge Cache of Explosives Vanished From Site in Iraq

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Huge Cache of Explosives Vanished From Site in Iraq

This is not good, but I can't fault the US for not better protecting weapons caches in Iraq. My unit was involved in destroying two giant caches, each covering several acres, and we estimated several months to do it right. Unfortunately, an Army MP was inside a earthen-bermed mortar-round depot and somehow set it off. The sympathetic detonations made the entire site go sky high. I have pictures from the rooftop of the building I was living in at the time (in Diwaniyah), and it is absolutely nuts. The amount of explosives, munitions, and ordnance floating around Iraq, and most of it stored in a very unstable way, is mind-boggling. Interesting that this story comes out today. Why today? The story obviously is not press-release-driven news, but is instead the result of an NYTimes investigation. Maybe they were sitting on it until it looked as though a GOP-driven Surprise was about to be released, as we've heard earlier today. Perhaps the Dems are attempting a pre-emptive strike with an October Surprise of their own. I doubt this will make much difference in the polls, though I suspect it will be given much coverage by the MSM. There is no reason to think that the explosives mentioned in the article are a greater threat to the US than any other explosives that have been floating around Iraq. My guess: the missing demo has been going off in car bombs for months now. There are far easier ways of getting or making explosives in the US than somehow shipping them here from the Middle East.


Blogger BigAl said...

Not sure I agree Josh. This story, while suspect in its timing (what news isn't right now) reinforce the total and complete lack of post war planning by the Bush Administration. They tried to do this war on the cheap, based on rosy, best-case scenarios and now we're paying the price. I don't fault the Bush administration for going to war so much, as I fault them for screwing the pooch on the occupation. We never had enough boots on the ground to guard the conventional weapons and now their being used against us.

October 25, 2004 at 5:31 AM  
Blogger Brian H said...

Lastest news: there was only actually 3 tons left by the time the war started. Heh.

October 30, 2004 at 7:03 PM  

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