October 25th, 2004

The gentleman is always properly dressed

It's about keeping us safe?

People have been dismissed as "hopeless idealists" and sometimes even "conspiracy theorists" for pointing out the the Oil Ministry was secured by US forces upon entering Baghdad while Iraq's National Library was left unattended. Protecting Iraq's cultural history from looting so severe that it has been compared to the sacking of the Library of Alexandria was not "mission critical," we were told. The role of US forces in Iraq was to remove an immediate threat to our safety and to the safety of the world, we were told.

Imagine my complete lack of surprise when I woke to this story:

VIENNA (Reuters) - Nearly 380 tons of explosives are missing from a site near Baghdad that was part of Saddam Hussein's dismantled atom bomb program but was never secured by the U.S. military, the United Nations said Monday. Collapse )

380 tons of explosives. Imagine that for a moment. Then, take a moment to think about 380 tons of high-grade [edited] explosives left unsecured in a location known by the US government long enough for ALL OF IT to be taken away.

Anyone else want to take the position that this deployment has not been a mismanaged clusterfuck?

No, didn't think so.