While the US's Iraq survey group of 1,400 speciailists scoured Iraq for WMD and spent an estimate $1 billion dollars, nobody in the US military bothered to guard Saddam's conventional weapons stockpiles.
The NY Times reported this morning that 384 tons of the most powerful non-nuclear explosives known to man, HMX and RDX, have disappeared from a miltiary depot in Iraq. Less than one pound of these explosives is thought to have brought down PAn Am 103 over Lockerbee.
Huge Cache of Explosives Vanished From Site in IraqThe huge facility, called Al Qaqaa, was supposed to be under American military control but is now a no man's land, still picked over by looters as recently as Sunday. United Nations weapons inspectors had monitored the explosives for many years, but White House and Pentagon officials acknowledge that the explosives vanished sometime after the American-led invasion last year.
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, European diplomats said in interviews last week. Administration officials say they cannot explain why the explosives were not safeguarded, beyond the fact that the occupation force was overwhelmed by the amount of munitions they found throughout the country.
So bottom line, highly dangeous explosives which Saddam kept under lock and key have now been turned over to terrorists as a result of the US invasion of Iraq. Saddam didn't turn over the explosives to terrorists. We did.
Do you feel safer?