Saturday, July 05, 2008

Another problem with the 15 words

This AP news story describes how difficult it was to move, over the last few weeks, Iraq's pre-1991 stockpile of yellowcake -- concentrated natural uranium -- from Iraq to a buyer in Canada.

carrying 3,500 barrels by road to Baghdad, then on 37 military flights to the Indian Ocean atoll of Diego Garcia and finally aboard a U.S.-flagged ship for a 8,500-mile trip to Montreal.

The shipment arrived today. The route was forced by the refusal of Kuwait to cooperate and fear of taking the convoy too close to Iran. If it's that difficult to move the stuff around, how plausible was it that Saddam -- under even more constraints -- would have been able to move in a post-1991 shipment from Niger?

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