July 16, 2004

Al Queda Nukes II

Greg Burch just resurrected one of those stories that will just not go away, the Al Queda suitcase nuke story.

The reality is that GB should be deeply skeptical. From all accounts, these things had to get taken apart and rebuilt every couple of years in order to continue functioning. Their high maintenance costs were what led the USSR/Russia to abandon them. It was only after they were well past their "explode by" date that the Russians sold them if, in fact, they ever did sell them. So the question really is whether bin Laden did or did not get taken by a russian military con game and got stung for millions for a lot of worthless junk, not whether we are actually at risk. It's still an interesting question but not something that I'll stay awake at night worrying over.

Posted by TMLutas at July 16, 2004 02:37 PM