|Where did the al QaQaa Explosives Come From?
The current debate on the al QaQaa has centered around when the explosives were looted. As far as I'm concerned, that debate is over. Josh Marshall of talkingpointsmemo has covered that better than anyone. Please read him.
Even so, this story is just beginning to develop. The most astouding new report is an exclusive from Minneapolis news channel KSTP, who had an embedded reporter on the scene.
In one bunker, there were boxes marked with the name "Al Qaqaa", the munitions plant where tons of explosives allegedly went missing.
Once the doors to the bunkers were opened, they weren't secured. They were left open when the 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS crew and the military went back to their base.
Read This Story, Please!
Unbelieveable! We knew there were massive stockpiles of weapons, yet we left them open for looters.
This is far more than further proof that the war is run by backseat drivers and nobody is at the wheel. Consider this photo from the KSTP article:
Don't you find it interesting that the Iraqis chose to label their explosives in English?
That got me thinking...Where did those weapons come from? I typed in the source code listed on the boxes (CNMR 8702)in several databases, and I found a match on a Defense Logistics Information Service web page. The Defense Logistics Information Service
The results seem to indicate that these explosives originated in the United States. One could assume that these munitions were originally sold to the Iraqis during the Iran/Iraq war. Now, in all likelihood, they're being used by insurgents to blow up troops in Iraq. How could we let this happen?
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