Tough work

In David Kay’s report is this tidbit:

There are approximately 130 known Iraqi Ammunition Storage Points (ASP), many of which exceed 50 square miles in size and hold an estimated 600,000 tons of artillery shells, rockets, aviation bombs and other ordinance. Of these 130 ASPs, approximately 120 still remain unexamined. As Iraqi practice was not to mark much of their chemical ordinance and to store it at the same ASPs that held conventional rounds, the size of the required search effort is enormous.

That means that we’ve examined less than 8% of the ammunition dumps so far. And again, there’s a good chance that something bad could be overlooked. It’s sort of like bombing parts of California, then sending in a few thousand trained inspectors to look for all the cars with expired emissions tags while everyone else in the state steals them or burns them or fakes tags for them. Then, when they’re found, trying to track down the legal owners and the paper trail for that car in the DMV. Tough work, and bound to miss quite a few things that should be caught. (quote via Andrew Sullivan)