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Wednesday, May 04, 2005
 
Q: How many bombs can these guys make?



A: A lot.

Do you recall the looted 380 tons of HMX,RDX and PETN that our troops were not directed to secure after the Iraq invasion? Even though they were stored right where someone might expect Iraqi WMD's to be stored--at a major Iraqi munitions site? How many suicide and car bombs would that make?

Here is rough idea. These explosives are high velocity. They are more "powerful" than TNT by a factor of around 1.7. RDX is the explosive ingredient in C4 plastic explosive. The Army teaches that a ten pound charge of C4 is "more than adequate" to dig a nice, deep foxhole through 30 inches of frozen ground.

Ten pounds of RDX in a suicide vest with some nails or ball bearings would certainly be "more than adequate" to kill, oh, about 60 Iraqi police recruits, wouldn't you say? Or to convert an automobile into shrapnel? So:

380 tons equals 760,000 pounds. That would make 76,000 very large and deadly bombs. At the rate of ten per day, the supply will last 7600 days.

That's a little more than 20 years.

I wonder why we didn't secure these major weapons sites? I thought we were looking for something very important that might have been there. At least that's what we were told.
 
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