The Bush administration is being understandably quiet about the explosion of a nerve gas-filled artillery shell over the weekend in Iraq.
The administration is right to be cautious because the favorite cause of Iraq war critics has been the allegation that President Bush lied about Saddam Hussein's arsenal of weapons of mass destruction.
Right now, U.S. officials are more concerned about the threat the sarin-laden bomb presents to our soldiers in Iraq than making a point against critics of the war. Since the artillery shell was not labeled as containing nerve gas, it raises the question of whether thousands of others might also have been mislabeled to fool United Nations weapons inspectors.
If that's the case, and there are thousands of mislabeled shells circulating in Iraq, there's a danger that the insurgents and terrorists there might figure out a way to use them that would be far more deadly than the blast over the weekend.