Front page
Archive
Silflay Hraka?


Bigwig is a systems administrator at a public university
Hrairoo is the proprietor of a quality used bookstore
Kehaar is.
Woundwort is a professor of counseling at a private university

The Hraka RSS feed

Email
bigwig AT nc.rr.com

Friends of Hraka
InstaPundit
Daily Pundit
cut on the bias
Meryl Yourish
This Blog Is Full Of Crap
Winds of Change
A Small Victory
Silent Running
Dr. Weevil
Little Green Footballs
ColdFury
Oceanguy
Fragments from Floyd
VodkaPundit
Allah
The Feces Flinging Monkey
the skwib
Dean's World
Little Tiny Lies
The Redsugar Muse
Sperari
Natalie Solent
From the Mrs.
ErosBlog
The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler
On the Third Hand
Public Nuisance
Not a Fish
Rantburg
AMCGLTD
WeckUpToThees!
Electric Venom
Skippy, The Bush Kangaroo
Common Sense and Wonder
Neither Here Nor There
Wizbang!
Bogieblog
ObscuroRant
RocketJones
The Greatest Jeneration
Ravenwolf
Ipse Dixit
TarHeelPundit
Blog On the Run
blogatron
Redwood Dragon
Notables
Greeblie Blog
Have A Cuppa Tea
A Dog's Life
IMAO
Zonitics.com
Iberian Notes
Midwest Conservative Journal
A Voyage to Arcturus
HokiePundit
Trojan Horseshoes
In Context
dcthornton.blog
The People's Republic of Seabrook
Country Store
Blog Critics
Chicago Boyz
Hippy Hill News
Kyle Still Free Press
The Devil's Excrement
The Fat Guy
War Liberal
Assume the Position
Balloon Juice
Iron Pen In A Velvet Glove
IsraPundit
Freedom Lives
Where Worlds Collide
Knot by Numbers
How Appealing
South Knox Bubba
Heretical Ideas
The Kitchen Cabinet
Dustbury.com
tonecluster
Bo Cowgill
mtpolitics.net
Raving Atheist
The Short Strange Trip
Shark Blog
Hoplites
Jimspot
Ron Bailey's Weblog
Cornfield Commentary
Testify!
Northwest Notes
pseudorandom
The Blog from the Core
Ain'tNoBadDude
CroMagnon
The Talking Dog
WTF Is It Now??
Blue Streak
Smarter Harper's Index
nikita demosthenes
Bloviating Inanities
Sneakeasy's Joint
Ravenwood's Universe
The Eleven Day Empire
World Wide Rant
All American
Pdawwg
The Rant
The Johnny Bacardi Show
The Head Heeb
Viking Pundit
Mercurial
Oscar Jr. Was Here
Just Some Poor Schmuck
Katy & Bruce Loebrich
But How's The Coffee?
Roscoe Ellis
Foolsblog
Sasha Castel
Dodgeblogium
Susskins Central Dispatch
DoggerelPundit
Josh Heit
Attaboy
Aaron's Rantblog
MojoMark
As I was saying...
Blog O' Dob
Dr. Frank's Blogs Of War
Betsy's Page
A Knob for Brightness
Fresh Bilge
The Politburo Diktat
Drumwaster's rants
Curt's Page
The Razor
An Unsealed Room
The Legal Bean
Helloooo chapter two!
As I Was Saying...
SkeptiLog AGOG!
Tong family blog
Vox Beth
Velociblog
I was thinking
Judicious Asininity
This Woman's Work
Fragrant Lotus
DaGoddess
Single Southern Guy
Caerdroia
GrahamLester.Com
Jay Solo's Verbosity
TacJammer
Snooze Button Dreams
Horologium
You Big Mouth, You!
From the Inside looking Out
Night of the Lepus
No Watermelons Allowed
From The Inside Looking Out
Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics
Suburban Blight
Aimless
The SmarterCop
Dog of Flanders
From Behind the Wall of Sleep
Beaker's Corner
Bad State of Gruntledness
Who Tends The Fires
Granny Rant
Elegance Against Ignorance
Moxie.nu
Eccentricity
Say What?
Blown Fuse
Wait 'til Next Year
The Pryhills
The Whomping Willow
The National Debate
The Skeptician
Zach Everson
MonkeyWatch
Geekward Ho
Argghhh!!!
Life in New Orleans
Rotten Miracles
Fringe
The Biomes Blog
illinigirl
See What You Share
Truthprobe
Blog d’Elisson
Your Philosophy Sucks
Watauga Rambler
Socialized Medicine
Consternations
Verging on Pertinence
Read My Lips
ambivablog
Soccerdad
The Flannel Avenger
Butch Howard's WebLog
Castle Argghhh!
Andrew Hofer
kschlenker.com
Moron Abroad
White Pebble
Darn Floor
Wizblog
tweedler
Pajama Pundits
BabyTrollBlog
Cadmusings
Goddess Training 101
A & W
Medical Madhouse
Slowly Going Sane
The Oubliette
American Future
Right Side Redux
See The Donkey
Newbie Trucker
The Right Scale
Running Scared
Ramblings Journal
Focus On Reality
Wyatt's Torch

May 05, 2003

CSI:Baghdad Enough of a force

CSI:Baghdad

Enough of a force to win the war, but not enough to keep the peace? I don't mind a little looting, I don't really mind a lot of looting. In a state where everything was owned by an oppressive government, it's understandable that people are going to take some of their own back. But in the aftermath of a war where one of the stated reasons was to keep Weapons of Mass Destruction from proliferating in the Middle East, shouldn't we have been concentrating on keeping the ingredients needed for making WMDs from proliferating in the Middle East?

It's certainly going to be a kick in the teeth if we discover that the real reason we can't find any weapons of mass destruction is because they were all looted after we toppled Saddam.

Forget the golden heads and silver harps, the real treasures of Iraq, the cash on the barrelhead no questions asked treasures, are the chemicals, germs and radiological materials. Certain parties are willing to pay big money for that stuff, and you can bet that if someone thought to pre-loot the National Museum, then someone else thought to pre-loot the WMDS. How much is a lead lined vial of plutonium worth? Surely more than all the stolen treasures from the museum put together. Of course, all of the stolen treasures is a much smaller number than it used to be, isn't it?

The fact that the initial stories on the looting of the National Museum were so wrong is something of a comfort here, though presumably not to the portions of the commentariat who gleefully used them as a club to cudgel the administration, as if the disappearance of some elderly gold trumped the overthrow of a government that committed mass murder upon its own citizenry. It's a comfort because, just like the museum, we don't know a lot about the inventory at the Baghdad Nuclear Research Facility. Once we locate the inventory listing, and there will be one, there's nothing like a one party oppressive government when it comes to generating paperwork, and start crosschecking it against actual contents, the fear of massive amounts of radioactive material spreading across the region will be mostly unfounded.

Mostly, not all. If the one remaining unchecked item on the list is "plutonium, 16 two ounce vials in lead lined box"*, I don't expect we'll hear about it. I think we should, but given the administration's penchant for secrecy, I don't think we will. It's also not like them to hand the Democrats a stick to beat them with.

The problem is that this question should have never come up. The Baghdad Nuclear Research Facility, and every other known or suspected WMD site in Iraq should have been as pristine and untouched as the day it was occupied by our forces. Not doing so not only leads to this insanely dangerous looting, but to the inevitable charges that we have either tampered with the evidence, or let it be destroyed by accident.

Every WMD site in Iraq is a crime scene, and like all crime scene should have been left inviolate until the detectives arrived. If it takes a while because we had to assemble a group of detectives that we trusted, well, then it is closely guarded for as long as it takes.

If we're going to be the world's policeman, the first thing we need to to is to quit letting people into the crime scene. Of course, letting people trample the crime scene is ok if you're not concerned about getting good evidence to begin with. Many people have been accusing this administration of that particular failing for months, proving them right just makes the next step in the war on terrorism that much more difficult.


*note, I have no idea how plutonium is stored. It could be tied up in the toes of worn out socks and left in old Lucky Charms boxes for all I know. What I'm saying is "It's late, and I don't wish to spend an hour searching the web to determine the correct method of packaging plutonium." I'll wait for one of you to tell me, preferably in your best pedantic tone, that any fool knows plutonium is actually stored in old Frankenberries boxes.

Posted by Bigwig at May 5, 2003 12:20 AM | TrackBack
Postscript:
First time visitor to House Hraka? Wondering if everything we produce could possibly be as brilliant/stupid/evil/pedantic/insipid/inspired as the post you just read? Check out the Hraka Essentials, the (mostly) reader-selected guide to Hraka's best posts, and decide for yourself.
Comments

I would like to know if CSI: Baghdad is like the other series like CSI: MIAMI or CSI: NY.

Posted by: Daniel at January 29, 2005 10:30 AM
Post a comment Note: Comments with more than two dashes per line will be blocked as spam.









Remember personal info?