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One thing Colin Powell said yesterday, when listing the Iraqi WMDs, might have escaped your notice, but I can’t help thinking about it this morning. He spoke of what we know about Iraqi UAV’s, small robot drone aircraft. Powell says we know Iraq has tested models that have a range of 500 km (roughly 300 miles). The secretary also said they can be modified to carry biological or chemical agents, and would be devastating to the United States and other countries far away from Iraq if they were transported.

Think about that: the Iraqis could quietly park boats big enough to launch these small planes from in international waters anywhere off the U.S. coast, and launch a swarm of these things against our cities. Little robot planes, on kamikaze missions to spray botulinum over New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Miami, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle… . We’d never see it coming.