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Add "Criminal negligence" to the list

"The list" of course, being "mendacity, malevolence, incompetence and simple disconnection from reality". I suppose "negligence" is technically covered under the "incompetence" rubric, but the recklessness of letting 350 tonnes of high explosives remain unguarded needs to be highlighted separately:

Some 350 tons of high explosives (RDX and HMX), which were under IAEA seal while Saddam was in power, were looted during the early days of the US occupation. Like so much else, it was just left unguarded.

Not only are these super-high-yield explosives probably being used in many, if not most, of the various suicide and car bombings in Iraq, but these particular explosives are ones used in the triggering process for nuclear weapons.

In other words, it's bad stuff.

What also emerges in the Nelson Report is that the Defense Department has been trying to keep this secret for some time. The DOD even went so far as to order the Iraqis not to inform the IAEA that the materials had gone missing. Informing the IAEA, of course, would lead to it becoming public knowledge in the United States.


Whether the coverup goes under the heading of "malevolence" or "mendacity" is a matter for debate.

Juan Cole:

So let me ask this again. Bush is making us safer? The American public trusts him to fight terror more effectively than Kerry? On what record? Bush appears to have all but just called up Usamah and Khamenei and told them where Saddam's old stuff was in case they needed it for their programs. And he politely made sure that no pesky US troops would be around to impede their access.

(see also: The New York Times: Tracking the Weapons: Huge Cache of Explosives Vanished From Site in Iraq, Michael Froomkin: Mistakes, Incompetence and Coverup Beyond Fevered Imaginings, Talking Points Memo's coverage, Obsidian Wings: This Defies Belief, etc, etc. etc. I have to agree with Brad of The Ancient and Hermetic Order of the Shrill when he says: "Impeach the fuckers. Impeach them tomorrow")

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Oh, it didn't happen that way? Well, nevermind! Do you suppose there will ever come a day when you realize your whole thought process is BS? Didn't think so. Calling good people liars is in vogue these days, but it's when you lie to yourself when it becomes the most destructive. Keep chipping away at our foundation and we will fall. It will make for some great lyrics.

I'll bet you say that to all the blogs.


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