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August 20, 2005
By: Kevin Drum

IRAQ'S NUKES....Mother Jones Radio, a weekly show on Air America, will devote tomorrow's program to an enduring question: if the Bush administration was genuinely worried about Iraq's WMD before the war and especially about Iraq's nuclear program why did they show so little interest in Iraq's nukes after the war? From the promo on their blog:

The Iraqi scientists from Saddam Hussein's nuclear and biological weapons programs posed a huge risk to international safety after Saddam's fall. So why did the Bush administration refuse to track down the scientists after the 2003 invasion of Iraq? Mother Jones reports that all but three of Saddam's top 200-some nuclear scientists are missing.

Mother Jones Radio interviews Dr. Mahdi Obeidi, the "mastermind of Saddam Hussein's former nuclear centrifuge program," and the only Iraqi nuclear scientist known to have been granted refuge in the U.S. since the invasion. Joining him in this exclusive interview are David Albright, former U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq, and Kurt Pitzer, the author of Mother Jones' September 2005 cover story on the missing scientists. MotherJones.com will release Pitzer's article, "In the Garden of Armageddon," simultaneously with the radio broadcast on Sunday, August 21.

I've read an advance copy of the magazine article, and it's good. More about that tomorrow. In the meantime, the show itself airs Sunday at 1 pm Eastern time, 10 am Pacific on your local Air America affiliate. It might be worth checking out.

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