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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

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Monday, October 28, 2002
8:06 AM

I guess this is the way some people think... Relax! Post reader William Murphy writes the paper to explain that Iraq is months away from posessing nuclear weapons.

I find it curious that the report the White House now claims the president's original statement was based on was released Sept. 9, two days after President Bush made his statement. Even more curious, just like the original source that has been disavowed, the new source that the White House cites as the basis for the president's statement does not say that Iraq was six months away from developing a nuclear weapon.

According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies Web site:

"Iraq does not possess facilities to produce fissile material in sufficient amounts for nuclear weapons. It would require several years and extensive foreign assistance to build such fissile material production facilities. It could, however, assemble nuclear weapons within months if fissile material from foreign sources were obtained. It could divert domestic civil-use radioisotopes or seek to obtain foreign material for a crude radiological device."

My bold. Evidently if a city gets blown up by fissile material obtained from foreign sources, it's not that bad a day.

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