Friday, October 29, 2004

Don't mind me, I'm just going to rant even though I I have no clue of the specifics of explosives but it does bother me from a common sense point of view. This is from an interview of David Kay by Aaron Brown on CNN (Stole the quote in the interview from post at Belmont Club but checked it on CNN)
BROWN: OK. Now, I want to take a look at the barrels here for a second and you can tell me what they tell you. They obviously to us just show us a bunch of barrels. You'll see it somewhat differently.

KAY: Well, it's interesting. There were three foreign suppliers to Iraq of this explosive in the 1980s. One of them used barrels like this and inside the barrel is a bag. HMX is in powdered form because you actually use it to shape a spherical lens that is used to create the triggering device for nuclear weapons.
What the #%$# is Kay saying in (my bold) this sentence! HMX is only stored? kept? made? in powdered form when you plan to use it in the manufacture of nuclear weapons? Now I don't believe that because I am not a dunce. Even if you are a dunce, you would likely think that that is an awful lot of nuclear weapons this sucker is planning to make!

More likely it is powder form because that is an effective way to store HMX that is in pure form and will be used to make a lot of different types of explosives. Maybe I am being picky, but this seems to a nice reinforcement to Kay's penchant to talk as though he doesn't know what he is talking about and then frequently has to clarify what he has said.

OTOH, let us take him at his words, the HMX is in that form because Saddam has 195T of powdered HMX to make all the spherical lenses that he needs for the nuclear weapons he has planned. One question then. Why wasn't all this spherical lense making HMX powder destroyed immediately?


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