Sunday, October 24, 2004

Invasion Handled Badly

     What are they talking about?  It's called RDX (HMX is almost identical), it's been around since WWII, and it is often an ingredient in plastic explosives.

     On the good side, the Right wing blogosphere is positively pissing itself waiting (just try to get to tonight) to find out that the Bush administration failed to secure 350 tons of plastic explosives in Iraq, material the IAEA had a handle on, and a story which the DoD has been sitting on for more than a year.

     At least, if Josh Micah Marshall has the story straight, then the NRO Hack "Writer" Joel Mowbray is going to get the credit for bombing the Bush campaign.

     However, it must be noted that a wide variety of materials to start a nuclear reaction, and that CDX and HMX are both made of readily available ingredients (nitric acid, formaldehyde, ammonia, water and sodium bicarbonate).  Don't let the nuclear ruse get you off on a tangent.  The IAEA had tagged all this stuff, and Saddam had kept it safe, and because of the war, it got out, 350 tons of plastic explosives.

     I was confused. The "story" Mowbray is working on alleges Kerry didn't meet with the whole Security Council, even though he said "So I sat with the French and British, Germans, with the entire Security Council, and we spent a couple of hours talking about what they saw as the path to a united front in order to be able to deal with Saddam Hussein."
Here is the NY Times story about the missing explosives.  Note the egregious mentioning of nukes in the first sentence.

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