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Regarding the missing explosives, disclosed by the Iraqi government to the IAEA, I noticed the Bush administration has been quoting that the 300-400 Tons missing is a fraction of the
243,000 tons of munitions destroyed. (A tank weighs 25 ton, a dump truck 5 tons)
The White House rationalization:
MR. ERELI: 10/25/2004
“…something that is included in the Duelfer report, as of mid-September 2004, coalition forces had reviewed and cleared a total of 10,033 caches, weapons caches throughout Iraq, destroying a total of 243,000 tons of munitions..”
Ref: US State Department – http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2004/37401.htm
Mr. McClellan – 10/25/2004
“…according to the Duelfer report, as of mid-September, more than 243,000 tons of munitions have been destroyed since Operation Iraqi Freedom. Coalition forces have cleared and reviewed a total of 10,033 caches of munitions; another nearly 163,000 tons of munitions have been secured and are on line to be destroyed. That puts this all — that puts this all in context.”
Ref: White House Press Briefing – http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/10/20041025-1.html
However, the National Security Web site – 4/19/2004 ( indicated by the meta content):
” 3. More than 8,200 tons of ammunition, thousands of AK-47s, grenades, and other weapons have been seized throughout Iraq — much of which was stored by the Hussein regime in hospitals, schools, and mosques.”
Ref: NSC – http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/iraq/part2.html
What is it, 8,200 tons or 163,000 tons?