It was gone before we got there.
But tonight, NBCNEWS reported, once: The 380 tons of powerful conventional explosives were already missing back in April 10, 2003 -- when U.S. troops arrived at the installation south of Baghdad!
An NBCNEWS crew embedded with troops moved in to secure the Al-Qaqaa weapons facility on April 10, 2003, one day after the liberation of Iraq.
According to NBCNEWS, the HMX and RDX explosives were already missing when the American troops arrived.
Drudge wants to know why no one else reporting on this cache mentions this little fact. Like we really need to ask.
I did get a kick out of this:
Dem vp hopeful John Edwards blasted Bush for not securing the explosives: "It is reckless and irresponsible to fail to protect and safeguard one of the largest weapons sites in the country. And by either ignoring these mistakes or being clueless about them, George Bush has failed. He has failed as our commander in chief; he has failed as president."
A senior Bush official e-mailed DRUDGE late Monday: "Let me get this straight, are Mr. Kerry and Mr. Edwards now saying we did not go into Iraq soon enough? We should have invaded and liberated Iraq sooner?"
Update: It's possible that the items mentioned by Drudge and NBC may not be the last story on the matter.
Well. They were gone when the 101st arrived, sure.
But the Third Infantry Division beat them to the site by one week.
Red State is asking for help tracking down what the 3rd ID found. (via Insta Pundit.)