Thursday, October 28, 2004

The missing explosives

I haven't said anything on this story for a couple of reasons, I had more important things going on and, I wanted to wait and see just what ould come up. Well, it seems that the Russians may have had a hand in moving those explosives BEFORE we even invaded.

Russian special forces troops moved many of Saddam Hussein's weapons and related goods out of Iraq and into Syria in the weeks before the March 2003 U.S. military operation, The Washington Times has learned.

John A. Shaw, the deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology security, said in an interview that he believes the Russian troops, working with Iraqi intelligence, "almost certainly" removed the high-explosive material that went missing from the Al-Qaqaa facility, south of Baghdad.

"The Russians brought in, just before the war got started, a whole series of military units," Mr. Shaw said. "Their main job was to shred all evidence of any of the contractual arrangements they had with the Iraqis. The others were transportation units."

The Pentagon disclosed yesterday that the Al-Qaqaa facility was defended by Fedayeen Saddam, Special Republican Guard and other Iraqi military units during the conflict. U.S. forces defeated the defenders around April 3 and found the gates to the facility open, the Pentagon said in a statement yesterday.

A military unit in charge of searching for weapons, the Army's 75th Exploitation Task Force, then inspected Al-Qaqaa on May 8, May 11 and May 27, 2003, and found no high explosives that had been monitored in the past by the IAEA.

The Pentagon said there was no evidence of large-scale movement of explosives from the facility after April 6.

First, let me just come out and say, John Kerry should never have open his mouth on this subject until more was learned. He spoke over the last few days of the Presidents incompetence in letting these explosives disappear. IF this story is true, than maybe Mr. Kerry should think about his own incompetence in jumping on a story BEFORE we know the WHOLE story.

Second, just what was the Russian government trying to hide? This is a rather interesting question. What was it they were destroying and why?

Lastly, IF this is true, and it seems to be, what else did they hide for Saddam? This is actually the most important of the questions that need answering. IF they took THESE explosives into Syria, could they have moved other, more dangerous weapons?

I think Putin has some answering to do. I don't think he will.