<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: Why "military intelligence" is an oxymoron

Monday, October 25, 2004

Why "military intelligence" is an oxymoron

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, someone has misplaced, moved, or stolen about 380 tons of explosives--enough to demolish buildings or detonate nuclear warheads--from a former Iraqi military facility that was supposed to be under American control. Besides the explosives, the facility also housed "large caches of artillery."

Think some good guys have gotten hold of all that stuff?

White House spokesman Scott McClellan tried to play down the significance of the revelation--and the extent of the Bush administration's responsibility for it--by saying that the missing explosives are not nuclear materials and the storage site is the responsibility of the interim Iraqi government, not the United States.

So: the explosives are not dangerous because they're not nuclear? And because the U.S. ceded control of Iraq back to the Iraqis on June 28, we're not responsible for anything that happens there after that date?

A more intelligent and accurate response came from John Kerry, who said that the "incredible incompetence of this president and this administration has put our troops at risk and put this country at greater risk than we ought to be."



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