It seems that on Saturday Brian Murphy of the Associated Press is reporting that the US has removed uranium from Iraq.
The removal of 550 metric tons of “yellowcake” — the seed material for higher-grade nuclear enrichment — was a significant step toward closing the books on Saddam’s nuclear legacy. It also brought relief to U.S. and Iraqi authorities who had worried the cache would reach insurgents or smugglers crossing to Iran to aid its nuclear ambitions.
Holy Cow! WMDs! Saddam’s nuclear arsenal! Condi’s smoking gun! I came across this story at redstate.com where they are taking this effort as validation of Bush’s invasion!
Of course, if you read the whole story from Murphy, it’s kinda funny, and kinda sad…
Before I return to the story, let’s enjoy the crowing of the redstaters. There are multiple essays (known as “blogs” at redstate) reporting the grand coup of President Bush in Iraq.
It appears that when George W. Bush, the CIA, and Tony Blair said that Saddam Hussein had yellowcake uranium, which was a violation of the UN resolution after the Gulf War, and one of the reasons why the USA and UK invaded Iraq to start the war, they were speaking the truth. 550 metric tons of yellowcake uranium was found recently in Iraq, that Saddam had hidden for over five years from UN weapons inspectors, and sold to Canada recently. Reported by Brain Murphy of the Associated press at ABC News. Yahoo has a copy of the story at their news site as well.
I am trying to submit this to Slashdot despite their liberal bias there. Please help with the story.
British Nuclear Physicist, Dr. Norman Dombey, estimates a yield of 142 nuclear weapons. The source does not specify the mega-tonnage, throw weight or maximum effective ranges of the 142 nukes, however, Dr. Dombey does offer subjective opinion on the potential scope of a weapons program seeded with 550 metric tons of yellowcake.
“Iraq already had far more uranium than it needed for any conceivable nuclear weapons programme.”
Dr. Dombey continues.
“You have a warehouse containing 500 tons of natural uranium; you need 25 kilograms of U235 to build one weapon. How many nuclear weapons can you build?
“The answer is 142.”
So, what’s the problem with all this redstate excitement? First, the stuff is not weapons-grade material. So the actual number of nuclear weapons one could build is ZERO. Moreover, the stuff is pre-1991 material!
Tuwaitha and an adjacent research facility were well known for decades as the centerpiece of Saddam’s nuclear efforts.
Israeli warplanes bombed a reactor project at the site in 1981. Later, U.N. inspectors documented and safeguarded the yellowcake, which had been stored in aging drums and containers since before the 1991 Gulf War. There was no evidence of any yellowcake dating from after 1991, the official said.
Whoops! This uranium has been there since before the first gulf war. And we knew it?
Not only does this information deflate the redstate hot air balloon, but it also motivates us to ask why Bushco cooked up the absurd yellowcake story in 2003. It motivates us to ask why Democrats didn’t hammer Bush on this matter. Could it be they all really wanted this war?
oh, yeah. I gave this a try over at the gee oh ess.