that seems to have been missed by all of the MSM's eagle-eyed reporters: from the New York Sun:
Here's a story you may have missed over the long holiday weekend: 550 metric tons of yellowcake uranium worth tens of millions of dollars were shipped out of Iraq to Canada. The material was transported in 37 military flights in 3,500 secure barrels, according to the Associated Press.
There hasn't been much of a fuss about this material because it had been discovered already by United Nations inspectors after the first Gulf War. But it took a second American war in Iraq to move the material out of the Middle East. For all the talk about America's failure to discover Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, this is a big deal.
This is not the Niger yellowcake of Wilsonian legend, apparently. It is, however, 550 tons of processed, refined and concentrated nectar of uranium that was steps from weapons-grade, depending on the refinement process used.* Enough to make 142 atomic bombs. Yellowcake that was in Iraq. Under Saddam Hussein's control before he was deposed. And that isn't there now because of the Iraq war.
Attempts to trivialize this are welcome, as always.
EDIT: Whoops, my mistake for saying the MSM seemingly missed this - here's the NYT's take on the story in response to the original AP reportage. Nothing new, but have fun with it.
*Saddam's concerted efforts to develop the gas centrifuge technology needed for the next and final HEU refinement step have been fully documented by exportcontrol.org. Details of Iraq's development of HEU technology prior to the first Gulf war can be found here.
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