Monday, March 14, 2005
Little Green Footballs notes that a NYT article from yesterday discusses looting of specialized and "high-precision equipment capable of making parts for nuclear arms." It is actually interesting, the NYT is clearly trying to condemn Bush's planning in not stopping the looting of this equipment - the article is actually quite biased towards an anti-war position. But Little Green Footballs reads it as a reversal of NYT's previous assertion that there was no WMD capabilities in Iraq - I find that interesting.

Here is a quote that suggests even if this equipment could be used as part of a nuclear-weapons program, it may not have been used for quite a while:
Dr. Araji said equipment capable of making parts for missiles as well as chemical, biological and nuclear arms was missing from 8 or 10 sites that were the heart of Iraq's dormant program on unconventional weapons. After the invasion, occupation forces found no unconventional arms, and C.I.A. inspectors concluded that the effort had been largely abandoned after the Persian Gulf war in 1991.
Of course that begs the question - if this valuable "high-precision" equipment wasn't being used as part of an unconventional weapons program, why was it laying around for 13 years?
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