For some time I've been listening to the constant prattling and carping by "experts" on the subject of IEDs and most especially, EFPs (Explosively Formed Penetrators). Most of these "experts" seem to be spewing the precisely same and totally incorrect dogma which has apparently been gleaned from the dimwits at Fox "news". The party line appears to be as follows: "EFPs are complex devices and therefore can only come from outside of Iraq and naturally it MUST be Iran". Such idiocy masquerading as lunacy is easily debunked.
Here is an image of an EFP. Note that it is made from a simple piece of pipe, roughly cut with a cutting torch, a blank is welded on the base and the top is left open. The device is filled with explosives, a detonator/initiator is inserted and then it is capped with a copper cap. NEWS FLASH TO THE DIE HARD REPUBLICANS HERE - Iraqis not only have a lot of oil, they also have a lot of pipe from the oil industry and they have copper, they have metal cutting and working tools as well as 179,000 tons of explosives that we failed to secure in the "cakewalk" and indeed everything they need to make these.
Finally though, the Iraqis are not simple tent dwelling Bedouins who ride camels in the desert, they are a fairly well educated bunch, at least the Baathists were.
My point is that the Iraqis have the tools, the technology and the materials (as well as the desire) to make these EFPs. Distortions in order to help the pathetic president and his disgraceful anti-conservative administration save face do not help us win the war and does NOT support the troops.
Regarding the penetrator. The penetrator is made of copper. Copper melts at 1,900 degrees Farenheit which means the penetrator can be made in a simple forge using a cast iron pot as the melting device, poured over a simple sand casting (using a bowl as the master).
The total of this information was gathered from the Internet and took all of 10 minutes of "research". I realize that the truth does not matter to the average Bush sycophant but I know that somebody will find the truth of some use.
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