The AP published an article yesterday about the last remnants of yellowcake being removed from Iraq and sold to Canada. Evidently Saddam was holding on to it despite the IAEA being unaware of any illicit nuclear facilities in Iraq. (Makes me think about their ignorance about Syria’s reactor until after Israel blew it up.)
Brian Murphy reported the following:
The last major remnant of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program – a huge
stockpile of concentrated natural uranium – reached a Canadian port
Saturday to complete a secret U.S. operation that included a two-week
airlift from Baghdad and a ship voyage crossing two oceans.
The removal of 550 metric tons of “yellowcake” – the seed material for
higher-grade nuclear enrichment – was a significant step toward closing
the books on Saddam’s nuclear legacy. It also brought relief to U.S.
and Iraqi authorities who had worried the cache would reach insurgents
or smugglers crossing to Iran to aid its nuclear ambitions…
Tuwaitha and an adjacent research facility were well known for decades as the centerpiece of Saddam’s nuclear efforts…
The yellowcake wasn’t the only dangerous item removed from Tuwaitha.
Earlier this year, the military withdrew four devices for controlled radiation
exposure from the former nuclear complex. The lead-enclosed irradiation
units, used to decontaminate food and other items, contain elements of
high radioactivity that could potentially be used in a weapon,
according to the official. Their Ottawa-based manufacturer, MDS
Nordion, took them back for free, the official said.
The yellowcake was the last major stockpile from Saddam’s nuclear efforts,
but years of final cleanup is ahead for Tuwaitha and other smaller
To view the whole article click here.
So maybe Bush’s WMD excuse for Iraq was actually correct, despite being undermined by the barage of rationale released to justify the war at its beginning.