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April 15, 2003

Okay, minor quibble, but it's bothering me.

CNN reported yesterday: US: Mobile labs found in Iraq

These "mobile labs" were buried near a weapons factory outside Karbala.

Okay. What bothers me is that, with the possible exception of earthworms, when you bury something underground, IT CEASES TO BE MOBILE.

Anyhow.

It really is amazing how little information is in the CNN article. Lucky for us, I was able to find a better article via Yahoo News.

Short version: The U.S. found 11 buried shipping containers, the kind that semi-trucks and trains haul. There was apparently "lab equipment" and lots of "documentation" inside some of the containers (no word on what topics are covered in the "documentation." Chemical weapons, Pokemon, no one knows yet). No WMD were found in or near the containers. U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Ben Freakly says that the containers could be "dual-use chemical and biological laboratories."

That really isn't much information. As shipping containers are usually used to, y'know, store stuff, it is entirely plausible that these were not mobile labs of death, but a makeshift storage facility for Iraqi lab equipment. Why would it be buried? Because the U.S. was going to bomb the country.

Of course, they could very well be mobile WMD labs. I just know that to date, every claim of "we've found the weapons" that the U.S. has made has been proven to be false, so my skepticism shields are at maximum power.

[edit]

U.S. military investigators are now claiming that the containers were probably not WMD labs

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CNN ceased to be objective as a media since the war started. What surprised me is how little "intelligence" and "common sense" they put in their reporting as in the case in point, the buried mobile labs.

Posted by: Canoe Driver at April 15, 2003 03:27 PM

As to the Coment

Why would it be buried? Because the U.S. was going to bomb the country.

Oh yea, lets bury our preciouis lab equipment to protect it from the bombings but lets not worry about all of those ancient artifacts and relics that are in our museums. (I'm sure they will be fine)

ummmmmm OK

Posted by: Cuda at April 15, 2003 07:38 PM

Cuda...

Considering that even the US Military has come out and claimed these are not WMD labs I think that media suspicion in regards to 'they finally found WMDs!' and the classic 'see, there IS a link between Saddam and al Qaeda' is pretty well founded.

Now just stop quoting LGF, Instapundit and asparagirl and think of something original, please.

Regards,
JHazard

Posted by: Johnny Hazard at April 16, 2003 09:51 AM

Sorry JHazard, never heard of LGF, instapundit and asparagirl. But I like the way they think maybe you should direct me there way.

Posted by: Cuda at April 16, 2003 07:21 PM

CNN was objective??? Since when???

Posted by: Eric at April 17, 2003 05:32 PM
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