Thursday, October 28, 2004

The explosives at al-Qaqaa were not moved before the invasion.

Why you're right:

1. A Minnesota news crew has photographs of the al-Qaqaa explosives 9 days after Saddam’s fall. Embedded members of the KSTP news team traveled with the 101st Airborne to the area of al-Qaqaa 9 days after the invasion and took pictures of boxes labeled “explosives” and “al-Qaqaa.” The news crew reports that once they opened the doors to the bunker, they were never secured. Iraqis were traveling around freely and there was no security in the area. (KSTP, Video report)

2. The IAEA has determined that the explosives were lost after the invasion. The IAEA has concluded that the al-Qaqaa explosives were lost, “after 9 April 2003, through the theft and looting of the governmental installations due to lack of security.” The IAEA letter also references UN Resolution 1546, which entrusted the Multinational Force with “the authority to take all necessary measures to contribute to the maintenance of security and stability in Iraq.” (IAEA)

3. Despite Bush Administration claims, the weapons did exist at al-Qaqaa. Administration spokesman Dan Senor tried saying that the weapons were probably never there at all. But, facts point in the opposite direction of this revisionist history. A Pentagon official said, "US-led coalition troops had searched Al Qaqaa in the immediate aftermath of the March 2003 invasion and confirmed that the explosives, which had been under IAEA seal since 1991, were intact.” (CNN, AP)

Why they're wrong:

The Bush Administration is once again ignoring the facts. Despite photographs, eyewitness accounts, and expert advice, the Bush Administration is still trying to deny the evidence and pass the buck. The Bush Administration needs to explain its failure, not shift the blame.