Saturday, February 2, 2008

Pentagon pressured on its plans to respond to up to 15 WMD scenarios


Kristin Roberts and Alan Elsner of Reuters has a major report "Pentagon rejects report, says ready for WMD attack," link here, Friday Feb. 1, 2008.

The Pentagon keeps on working at a detailed plan to respond to up to fifteen WMD domestic scenarios, including coordinated chemical attacks, attacks against certain kinds of facilities, or nuclear or radiological attacks. The way the National Guard has been used overseas in Iraq is criticized, since the Guard would be the first line of military response in case of a massive catastrophe at home. But the same is true of natural disasters. The difficulty in responding to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 does not seem encouraging.

In early 2003, the Center of the American Experiment in Minneapolis solicited contributions on preparations for WMD attacks. At the time, there was still a widespread belieft that Saddam Hussein had them and was a threat, partly based on Colin Powell's report to the United Nations in February 2003.

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