I was planning my next post to concern the world of sports, but I’ll have to put that off until later this week. This is because I just read this very disturbing report from the New York Times. The headline alone is frightening enough: Huge Cache of Explosives Vanished From Site in Iraq.
The report goes on to explain that at some point soon after the invasion, a large weapons depot loaded with over 300 tons of explosives of the type HMX and RDX (which, according to the article, “could produce bombs strong enough to shatter airplanes or tear apart buildings”) was looted. This was due in part to the fact that “the Qaqaa complex where the explosives were stored was listed as a ‘medium priority’ site on the Central Intelligence Agency’s list of more than 500 sites that needed to be searched and secured during the invasion,” even though “The International Atomic Energy Agency publicly warned about the danger of these explosives before the war, and after the invasion it specifically told United States officials about the need to keep the explosives secured.” The paper says that Condoleezza Rice– our national security adviser— has only recently been informed of this. Terrorists have had almost a year to acquire, study, and plan attacks with tons of powerful explosives, and the person charged with advising the President on national security issues heard about this only a month ago?!?
How could things have gone so badly? Why do they continue to go badly? And why haven’t heads rolled?
Troubling news, indeed…