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The Man From Russia

from the random-blow-monkeys-references dept.

I saw this article off a link at NRO, and then again on Drudge. Fascinating stuff. Its a non-story as an attack on Bush (as Kerry is trying to make it) but a scathing indictment on Russia's pre-war antics. What this article didn't mention is how we've found out about some of this stuff—pay stubs. Apparently, they have found proof positive that Russia was paid for a number of interesting activities before the war kicked off. They've also found proof of Al Queda funding, but that's another story.

"Russian special forces troops moved many of Saddam Hussein's weapons and related goods out of Iraq and into Syria in the weeks before the March 2003 U.S. military operation, The Washington Times has learned. John A. Shaw, the deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology security, said in an interview that he believes the Russian troops, working with Iraqi intelligence, "almost certainly" removed the high-explosive material that went missing from the Al-Qaqaa facility, south of Baghdad."

Read the rest

ventilation slats? you mean gills?

From ABC News:

    But the confidential IAEA documents obtained by ABC News show that on Jan. 14, 2003, the agency's inspectors recorded that just over 3 tons of RDX was stored at the facility — a considerable discrepancy from what the Iraqis reported.

    The IAEA documents could mean that 138 tons of explosives were removed from the facility long before the start of the United States launched "Operation Iraqi Freedom" in March 2003...

    The IAEA documents from January 2003 found no discrepancy in the amount of the more dangerous HMX explosives thought to be stored at Al-Qaqaa, but they do raise another disturbing possibility.

    The documents show IAEA inspectors looked at nine bunkers containing more than 194 tons of HMX at the facility. Although these bunkers were still under IAEA seal, the inspectors said the seals may be potentially ineffective because they had ventilation slats on the sides. These slats could be easily removed to remove the materials inside the bunkers without breaking the seals, the inspectors noted.

you mean I gotta back up my accusations?

Finally!

I hope that everyone will read this article and realize that Bush really did make the best choice based on information he had. Hello world? Anyone out there listening?? There were weapons, they were tied to Al Queda!! What more do you need???

Vote for Bush so we can finish this war the right way!!!

October not-so-surprised

You're making my head spin Porgo!

From the link you gave above:

Rumsfeld, in one radio interview, also cast doubt on the suggestion by one of his subordinates that Russian soldiers assisted Iraqis in removing the munitions.
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Senior Defense officials urged caution over the Washington Times article because they could not verify its allegations as true.
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"I have no information on that at all, and cannot validate that even slightly," Rumsfeld said.

Yup. It's "Proof Positive", just as you said! :)