from the fine folks that brought you mike brown's fema ...
The hits just keep on coming:
WASHINGTON, Sept 7 (AFP) - The US Defense Department failed to secure sources of radiological material in Iraq for six months after the US invasion in 2003, during which period some were looted or scattered, a congressional watchdog said ...
The fate of the radiological materials is a matter of concern because of the threat to civilians of radiation exposure and their possible use by terrorist to make "dirty bombs," the report said. Radiological materials were found at many sites across Iraq by US forces, prompting security concerns by the International Atomic Energy Agency and some members of the US Congress.
The report cited (warning: pdf) was conducted by the GAO. But why would anybody be so foolish?
... attention did not shift to the collection of radiological materials until after it became clear that the broader hunt for weapons of mass destruction was unsuccessful.
"DoD was not ready to collect and secure radiological sources before the war began in March 2003 and about six months thereafter," the report said.
You mean Rumsfeld/Basil Fawlty's DoD? I get it -- they didn't secure the terrorist materials that everybody knew where lying around, because they weren't looking for the weapons that they didn't have proof existed. Well, at least they've learned their lesson from this debacle, right? Er, no:
The (DoD internal report on WMD) did not offer any observations or recommendations regarding the narrower mission to collect and secure radiological sources in Iraq, in part because this was not the main focus of the original WMD mission in Iraq.
And, as the report concludes, "An unknown number of radiologic sources remain unsecured in Iraq." So, some of it might be on its way to your home town in a briefcase as you read this. And as the Global Security Newswire tells us, "Enough plutonium and uranium exist in stockpiles around the world to build more than 300,000 nuclear weapons, according to an assessment released yesterday by a Washington think tank."
Tell me again - why is the GOP considered the "national security party"?