$300 Million And Whaddya Get? Another Day Older and Deeper In Debt.

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Well, having already spent $300 million in the ever-more quixotic quest to find weapons of mass destruction that apparently don't exist, it seems that the Bush administration has no problem with throwing good money after bad and wants to spend another $600 million on the search.

A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money.

So, anyway, with $300 million, full and free access to Iraqi scientists (for that matter, the entire freakin' country) and the full support of the US government, our intrepid weapons experts have found exactly the same thing that the UN weapons inspectors (with much less money, limited access to Iraqi scientists, and the interference of the US government) did: NOTHING.

Does anyone who was impugning Hans Blix back in the spring wish to offer a him public apology now?

And, while we're still throwing money around trying to find imaginary WMD in Iraq, the North Koreans are like a kid dancing in his chair in the back of the classroom, desperately trying to get the teacher to call on them: "MEEE!!!!" Except, of course, instead of having the right answer, they have weapons-grade plutonium.

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Paul Frankenstein has a fantastic though short post on the Bush administration's search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It makes the $1.3 million ($1.5 million if you count the tax debt Revenue canada forgave) Radwanski directly or indirectly Read More


Look on the bright side; at least more (well, a couple more at worst) people are beginning to find fault in Bush's crisis handling.

Then again, 50% of that same sample think Bush is more honest than the average politician...

That's it. I think we should all stop paying federal taxes. This is as bad as having my taxes go to the war in the first place, and to find out who Clinton was sticking his dick in. Don't the republicans accuse democrats of taxing and spending? What would their spin doctors call this?

Um, borrowing and spending?

There is no shortage of information about the beastly and despicable republican party and yet, the American public continue to put their faith in the Asshole in Charge. What's more, they're going to elect a man with latex skin in California. What gives down there?

Um, I read the report to Congress, and linked it on my blog. They found a lot that the United Nations inspectors didn't.

* A clandestine network of laboratories and safehouses within the Iraqi Intelligence Service that contained equipment subject to UN monitoring and suitable for continuing CBW research.

* A prison laboratory complex, possibly used in human testing of BW agents, that Iraqi officials working to prepare for UN inspections were explicitly ordered not to declare to the UN.

* Reference strains of biological organisms concealed in a scientist's home, one of which can be used to produce biological weapons.

* New research on BW-applicable agents, Brucella and Congo Crimean Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), and continuing work on ricin and aflatoxin were not declared to the UN.

* Documents and equipment, hidden in scientists' homes, that would have been useful in resuming uranium enrichment by centrifuge and electromagnetic isotope separation (EMIS).

* A line of UAVs not fully declared at an undeclared production facility and an admission that they had tested one of their declared UAVs out to a range of 500 km, 350 km beyond the permissible limit.

* Continuing covert capability to manufacture fuel propellant useful only for prohibited SCUD variant missiles, a capability that was maintained at least until the end of 2001 and that cooperating Iraqi scientists have said they were told to conceal from the UN.

* Plans and advanced design work for new long-range missiles with ranges up to at least 1000 km - well beyond the 150 km range limit imposed by the UN. Missiles of a 1000 km range would have allowed Iraq to threaten targets through out the Middle East, including Ankara, Cairo, and Abu Dhabi.

* Clandestine attempts between late-1999 and 2002 to obtain from North Korea technology related to 1,300 km range ballistic missiles --probably the No Dong -- 300 km range anti-ship cruise missiles, and other prohibited military equipment.

Just for example. In addition, less than 25% of the weapons stores in-country have been inspected by Kay's people. One site is described as 50 square miles in size.

There's lots more for Kay's group to do, and lots more places to look.

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