Sunday, September 12, 2004

Cloud: Yes. Explosion: Unknown? 

According to Reuters, Condoleeza Rice is now casting doubt on whether the big cloud was even caused by an explosion:
"We don't think, at this point, that it was a nuclear event. But we're looking at it and we'll get further analysis," national security adviser Condoleezza Rice (news - web sites) said on CNN's "Late Edition."

Then further on:
Rice played down sightings of mushroom cloud. "There are all kinds of reports and there are all kinds of assessments that are going on. Maybe it was a fire, some kind of forest fire," she said.

So now the preferred bottom line is: Big Boom. Or not. Big Cloud. Definitely a big cloud. But maybe it's a Forest Fire. Yeah, that's it! A Forest Fire. That's the ticket! But wait - wouldn't they have been able to use that fancy satellite imagery to detect the ongoing presence of a heat source if it were a simple forest fire causing a 2-mile cloud? And I thought I read something about a crater and unusual seismic activity? Where was this kind of caution and resistance to conclusion-jumping when we were invading Iraq?

Also note that the area in question is off-limits to aid workers and all other outsiders.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 1:32 PM