The story of Al Qaqaa is more complicated than anti-Bush partisans are portraying it. According to the Times, U.N. weapons inspectors discovered Al Qaqaa after the first Gulf War. The powerful explosives, which can be used as the trigger in a nuclear device, weren't destroyed then because Saddam pleaded to keep them for use in mining and construction (uh-huh).
After the inspectors were booted in 1998 and returned in late 2002, they realized that 35 tons of HMX had been taken in the meantime. So it is clear that the inspections process Kerry and others wanted to rely on to deal with Saddam was inadequate. NRO THE VANISHING STORY
posted on 10/26/2004 5:11:23 PM PDT
( hanoi john, I'm for the death penalty for terrorist, before I impose a moratorium on it.)
Notice the parsing of the NYT's statement, esp. near the end. I'd love to cross-examine someone about it.
posted on 10/26/2004 5:16:05 PM PDT
You have to wonder how many things were blown up in this amount of time that this may have been used in (ie: terrorism?)
posted on 10/26/2004 5:21:04 PM PDT
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