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More Weapons Lost

kgw.com reports that according to today's Oregonian

"Two U.S. aid workers, including one from Oregon, said they reported the looting of an Iraqi weapons depot to U.S. military officials in October, 2003, but were told that there were not enough troops to seal off the facility,"

The report goes on to say,

"A Pentagon official told The Oregonian Thursday that the United States had been forced to leave many ammunition dumps in Iraq unguarded." And, "U.S. military and intelligence officials were well-aware of the facility. Declassified documents from the first Persian Gulf War show that it was
bombed in 1991, as a suspected storage site for biological weapons.

On Jan. 16, 2003, before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, U.N. inspectors said they found 11 empty chemical warheads at Ukhaider. They said at the time the complex consisted of a series of bunkers built in the late 1990s."

For an administration that thought they where going up against a country full of WMD, it seems they where terribly unprepared to guard any weapons they might find. What if our troops would have turned up stockpiles of anthrax or sarin or even nuclear weapons? Did Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld provide enough manpower to deal with these discoveries? It now appears not.

All of this begs the question, did they really believe they where going to find any WMD in the first place? If they did they sure had a funny way of preparing for it. And lest our GOP friends accuse us of blaming the military in a time of war, one of the aid workers had this to say about the people in the military that told him they just couldn't guard all the weapons dumps in Iraq,

"'There's no question in my mind that these guys were sincere about it,'" he said of their desire to keep munitions from falling into the wrong hands. 'They just didn't have the resources.'"


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