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    550 Metric Tons of Uranium Removed from Iraq?

    Anyone missed this (like me)?

    Iraq's Yellowcake

    Editorial of The New York Sun

    Here's a story you may have missed over the long holiday weekend: 550 metric tons of yellowcake uranium worth tens of millions of dollars were shipped out of Iraq to Canada. The material was transported in 37 military flights in 3,500 secure barrels, according to the Associated Press.

    There hasn't been much of a fuss about this material because it had been discovered already by United Nations inspectors after the first Gulf War. But it took a second American war in Iraq to move the material out of the Middle East. For all the talk about America's failure to discover Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, this is a big deal. We've reported on claims by top Israeli officials speaking on the record that Iraq smuggled its chemical weapons to Syria before America invaded in 2003.

    The uranium issue is not a trivial one, because Iraq, sitting on vast oil reserves, has no peaceful need for nuclear power. Saddam Hussein had already invaded Kuwait, launched missiles into Israeli cities, and harbored a terrorist group, the PKK, hostile to America's NATO ally, Turkey. To leave this nuclear material sitting around the Middle East in the hands of Saddam and the same corrupt United Nations that failed to stop the genocide in Darfur and was guilty of the oil-for-food scandal would have been too big a risk.

    From the beginning we have called for making the Iraq War a case study in democratization rather than disarmament, realizing that nuclear weapons, like any other weapons, are only dangerous in the hands of outlaws. Iraq's government is no longer hostile to America. It is grateful to us for freeing them from Saddam, who would rather spend money on palaces and yellowcake than on feeding the Iraqi people. But should America retreat prematurely from Iraq and a hostile regime again take hold there, we all will be safer for the act that 550 tons of nuclear fuel are now being put to peaceful use in Canada rather than being stored a few miles from Baghdad.

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    Missed news indeed! This news, had it been released much earlier than now, may have had a different effect on the election. Actually I should ask when was it released? Today? I didn't see a date on the article.
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    What an inconvenient truth. Fucking media.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lewisipso View Post
    Missed news indeed! This news, had it been released much earlier than now, may have had a different effect on the election. Actually I should ask when was it released? Today? I didn't see a date on the article.
    Here's the real interesting point of it. This news story was released on July 7th, 2008.

    The administration had kept the presence of this material under wraps because of the looming threat that insurgents would attack or attempt to steal this material. When disclosed, the administration's statement also alluded that there was more material found in other nuclear development sites across Iraq, but this was the largest store located and secured. Security of the troops being paramount, they simply remained hush about it (until it was moved out). Beyond that point, it was reported by CNN, but I certainly do not remember the story being aggressively covered at all. In fact, I had to search diligently to locate the link:

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/07/07/iraq.uranium/

    The media, (CNN, Time), saw fit to add the disclaimer that the existence of this particular store was already known by UN inspectors, and thus tried to accentuate the belief that it wasn't the same material that the Bush administration allegedly 'lied' about. Remember that there was only a single point -- that Hussein planned procurement of more yellow cake uranium from Niger -- of a mass of evidence of even the use of WMD's that was ever called into question. The 'hide-and-seek' game with the UN inspectors was well documented, the validated Israeli intelligence that (at least) Hussein's chemical weapons caches had been moved to Syria prior to the US invasion. Regardless, Hussein was ordered to disarm, and the presence off 550 metric tons of Uranium certainly proves that he indeed did not.

    Sorry folks, but if it had been widely reported that ANY nuclear fissile material was present in Iraq, (let alone 550 metric tons of it), I'm sure many people would have been of a much different opinion on our intervention there. For those not familiar, this is roughly twice the raw amount of nuclear material currently claimed to be in the possession of Iran. I personally believe that this is yet another example of our media deluging us on tertiary, one-sided, editorial, and frivolous topics, (like Madonna's divorce, Palin's clothing, and Obama's dynamic personality), and failing miserably at enlightening the American people to the reality of why 4,186 of its finest men and women have sacrificed their lives in the Middle East.

    True journalism is dead. Cronkite was right.

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    the liberal media at it's finest, always hiding what is relavent to press forward their own agenda
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    Its nice to know the media has our best interest at heart.
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    Ah, and there's more...

    Yellow cake uranium requires a process of enrichment to become 'weapons grade' U-235 material. Common practice of such enrichment requires that a centrifuge must be constructed and used to refine the material to weapons grade. High-strength aluminum tubes are traditionally used as rotors for the centrifuge. They are specially constructed of a high grade aluminum, and must be capable of withstanding the extreme stresses of a gas centrifuge.

    I'll let Wikipedia take over here:
    In 2000, Iraq ordered, via a company in Jordan, 60,000 high-strength aluminum tubes manufactured from 7075-T4 aluminum with an outer diameter of 81 mm, and an inner diameter of 74.4 mm, a wall thickness of 3.3 mm and a length of 900 mm, to be manufactured in China. These tubes were classified as controlled items by the United Nations and Iraq was not permitted to import them...

    On May 23, 2001, a container load of about 3,000 aluminum tubes left the factory in southern China. It traveled on a barge to Hong Kong. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was watching its progress, as was the ASIS. In July 2001, the tubes were seized in Jordan by the Jordianian secret police and the CIA, according to a CIA presentation later that year.[3]

    Iraq also attempted to acquire aluminum tubes of the same type in late 2002 and early 2003, with negotiations still going on with a Syrian company when the 2003 Invasion of Iraq began.[4]
    Anyone recall this being closely and agressively covered by media? Bueller?

    This is what was referred to by Bush (State of the Union Address), Powell (address to the UN security council), and Rice (Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer). Yet somehow, all many seem to remember is 'Bush lied' to start an illegal war...

    I am even more convinced than ever that we went to Iraq for all the right reasons. I am also more convinced than ever that our 'mainstream media' in this country has become nothing more than a spin machine itself.

    Why haven't our "progressive" folks commented on any of this?

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