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Friday, May 21, 2004

Scott Ritter to the Rescue! 

Iraq sarin shell is not part of a secret cache | csmonitor.com
If the 155-mm shell was a "dud" fired long ago — which is highly likely — then it would not be evidence of the secret stockpile of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) that the Bush administration used as justification to invade Iraq.
Given what's known about sarin shells, the US could be expected to offer a careful recital of the data with news of the shell. But facts that should have accompanied the story — the type of shell, its condition, whether it had been fired previously, and the age and viability of the sarin and precursor chemicals — were absent. And that's opened the door to irresponsible speculation that the shell was part of a live WMD stockpile. The data — available to the ISG — would put this development in proper perspective — allowing responsible discussion of the event and its possible ramifications.
Hat tip to The Political Animal.

This was sort of the point I was making the other day in my post about the shell where I said:
But here is the larger question, does anybody really think that this is what we went to war over? Old binary sarin shells? Here's my question; why wasn't it LAUNCHED? Why was it set to detonate like a pipe-bomb instead of being fired from a cannon? This is going to turn out to be just another dud (no pun intended) like the Botulism, the chemical-lab trailers, and the stockpile of Mustard-gas shells.
Who knew how precise my language actually was?


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