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Tilting at Windmills

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October 12, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

NUKE MATERIAL GONE MISSING....Sites in Iraq that contain equipment and material helpful for making nuclear weapons have apparently disappeared without a trace:

Satellite imagery shows that entire buildings in Iraq have been dismantled. They once housed high-precision equipment that could help a government or terror group make nuclear bombs, the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a report to the U.N. Security Council.

Equipment and materials helpful in making bombs also have been removed from open storage areas in Iraq and disappeared without a trace, according to the satellite pictures, IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei said.

....The equipment including high-precision milling and turning machines and electron-beam welders and materials such as high-strength aluminum were tagged by the IAEA years ago, as part of the watchdog agency's shutdown of Iraq's nuclear program. U.N. inspectors then monitored the sites until their evacuation from Iraq just before the war.

The United States barred the inspectors' return after the war, preventing the IAEA from keeping tabs on the equipment and materials up to the present day.

It's really hard to know how to comment on a story like this. It's bad enough to exaggerate Saddam's WMD programs as a pretext for war, but it's even worse to show that you never really gave a damn about it in the first place. Apparently thumbing our nose at the UN was more important than keeping tabs on this stuff.

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