Whoa.

As the Blogfaddah notes, it’d be best to withhold judgement until and unless this is confirmed, but if accurate, it’s the most important story of the year:

Iraqi security reportedly discovered three missiles carrying nuclear heads concealed in a concrete trench northwest of Baghdad, official sources said Wednesday.

The official daily al-Sabah quoted the sources as saying the missiles were discovered in trenches near the city of Tikrit, the hometown of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

“The three missiles were discovered by chance when the Iraqi security forces captured former Baath party official Khoder al-Douri who revealed during interrogation the location of the missiles saying they carried nuclear heads,” the sources said.

They pointed out that the missiles were actually discovered in the trenches lying under six meters of concrete and designed in a way to unable sophisticated sensors from discovering nuclear radiation.

I’d say everybody is quite justified in being skeptical at this point (where would the warheads have come from?), but if it’s true…

UPDATE: Heh. According to Reuters, the report is “stupid.” C’mon, who do you believe, some random Iraqi paper, or Reuters?

Okay, scratch that–I’d trust the Iraqis, too. But in this case, Reuters is probably right. Broken clock, once a day, etc…

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20 Responses to “Whoa.”

  1. Duke of DeLand Says:

    IF anything was found,
    and,
    IF there is actually something radioactive upon those missles,

    Then I suspect you’d probably find some sort of “dirty” device rather than a full-fledged nuclear device…

    Interesting IF it is true to see what coverage it gains in the “mainstream media”….

  2. Wind Rider Says:

    The “N” word certainly raises an eyebrow, for sure.

    But 18 feet of concrete? Who uses 18 feet of concrete unless it’s something they really, really don’t want someone to find?

    Jimmy Hoffa probably didn’t even rate 18 feet of concrete…

  3. CALIFORNIA YANKEE Says:

    Missiles With “Nuclear Heads” Found In Iraq

    UPI reports: Iraqi security reportedly discovered three missiles carrying nuclear heads concealed in a concrete trench northwest of Baghdad, official sources said Wednesday. The official daily al-Sabah quoted the sources as saying the missiles were dis…

  4. albo Says:

    on NRO’s the corner they are saying the report is bogus

  5. King of Fools Says:

    Probably best that it is…we wouldn’t want anyone to question the timing of the report.

  6. David [.net] Says:

    But Reuters ends the piece with this:

    The United States and Britain launched last year’s invasion of Iraq over accusations that Saddam had stockpiled weapons of mass destruction. But no stockpiles of banned weapons have been found.

    It’s all about the stockpiles, it’s all about the stockpiles, you will believe….

  7. pouncer Says:

    Interesting:

    An Iraqi press that is permitted to publish stuff the national authorities deny.

    A free press that sucks up to, flatters, and apparently admires the local police force.

    A press that assumes their Iraqi readers are at least partly willing to believe in Saddam’s WMD.

    A press and readership that is willing to assume that the UN, UK, and US all MIGHT have overlooked such a stash.

    That the locals (sort of) admire the old regime for the ability to conceal and hide the WMD as much as they admire the new regime for revealing and disclosing the stash.

    That the UPI and Reuters take the Iraqi newspapers seriously enough that they must at least REPEAT, if not ENDORSE, the “news” from such sources.

    That we can all find out about it minutes afterwards.

  8. Steve Ducharme Says:

    Ummm… actually Will… that’s twice a day not once a day.

  9. JamesB Says:

    Ummm… actually Steve… not if you’re using the 24 hour clock!

    What I don’t understand is the usesless ‘AM’ after, say, 09:15 in the posts here. Idiocy.

  10. Ken Summers Says:

    I’m sure Reuters is right – an Interior Minstry person very likely did tell them it’s “stupid”.

    I would like to point out, though, that calling the report “stupid” is not a denial of the report.

  11. David [.net] Says:

    A clock that runs backwards is correct four times a day.

    I really, really want this to not be correct.

    But Pouncer is correct several times in one post, and his points are significant, as are the way they are taken for granted (or ignored).

  12. Slartibartfast Says:

    Corrections:

    That’s missiles, damn you! Not missles. Might as well say nuculer.

    Six meters is just a hair under 19 feet, eight and a quarter inches.

    Other than that, I have nothing to add. Other than I don’t believe any new report about WMD until it’s at least 12 hours old, and verified by multiple government agencies.

  13. Backcountry Conservative Says:

    Report: Nukes Found in Iraq

    UPI: Iraqi security reportedly discovered three missiles carrying nuclear heads concealed in a concrete trench northwest of Baghdad, official sources said Wednesday. The official daily al-Sabah quoted the sources as saying the missiles were discovered …

  14. Ian Wood Says:

    Speaking of WMD stockpiles: did they check Saddam’s pants?

    Just askin’.

  15. politicaobscura Says:

    Someone wrote: “I would like to point out, though, that calling the report “stupid” is not a denial of the report.”

    Um, actually, it is a very DIRECT denial of a pathetically stupid story.

    Further, one great weakness of the blogosphere (Vodka, The Corner, AS, Insta, etc.) Is that they link to things that are obviously WRONG.

    It makes bloggers look stupid and gullible that they actually believe a report by UPI from a Iraqi newspaper from an unnamed source about nuclear weapons!!!! Give me a break!

  16. Slartibartfast Says:

    Nothing like a little reading incomprehension to start out your afternoon.

  17. Mike M Says:

    Over/under on how long the liberals wait until floating “plant” stories?

    If the warhead isn’t fissile,
    It rates dismissal!

  18. Ken Summers Says:

    politicaobscura: It is NOT a denial at all. This is a denial:

    “No warheads were found”

    And please reread the first sentence of the post again.

  19. Ken Summers Says:

    And BTW, the official who called it “stupid” in the Reuters story was also an unnamed source.

  20. Steve Ducharme Says:

    Ummm… actually James… you’re wrong. It’s twice a day. If you’re using a digital electric clock and it’s broken, it’s not “showing” you anything at all now is it. The expression (which pre-dates digital clocks by about fifty years) implies that you’re talking about a mechanical clock that is merely stopped and at rest. Hence twice a day.

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