Friday, November 03, 2006

U.S. Puts Recipe for A-Bomb Online. In Arabic. (NYT)

This isn't the Onion. It's the New York Times!

Remember Condi's, "We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud"?

So, why did the Bush administration post detailed notes for building a nuclear bomb in Arabic?

Why? Because the administration caved to pressure by Congressional Republicans (memo to voters: vote them out!) to post an archive of secret documents seized in Iraq, hoping to use the wisdom of crowds to uncover evidence for WMDs.
"The campaign for the online archive was mounted by conservative publications and politicians, who said that the nation’s spy agencies had failed adequately to analyze the 48,000 boxes of documents seized since the March 2003 invasion. With the public increasingly skeptical about the rationale and conduct of the war, the chairmen of the House and Senate intelligence committees argued that wide analysis and translation of the documents — most of them in Arabic — would reinvigorate the search for clues that Mr. Hussein had resumed his unconventional arms programs in the years before the invasion. American search teams never found such evidence."
Mickeleh's Take: Will this story get more play or less than the Kerry kerfuffle? Prediction: The Republican line will be "How dare the Times expose this breach of security! Do they want the terrorists to win?"

For more on this story: Oliver Wills, Christy Hardin Smith (Firedog Lake), Digby,

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JoeC said...

Posting nuclear secrets online was a highly calculated chess-like move by the administration when considered in the larger geopolitical arena:

Mickeleh said...

I wish they would stick to playing chess. At least in chess, the pieces are simply removed from the board to play the next round.