These guys never stop, they point to uranium already tagged by the UN inspectors and think it is a discovery of WMDs!You wrote, "By April 2003, when the U.S. invaded Iraq, Saddam Hussein had stockpiled 500 tons of yellowcake uranium at his al Tuwaitha nuclear weapons development plant south of Baghdad. That intriguing little detail is almost never mentioned by the big media, who prefer to chant the mantra "Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction" while echoing Joseph Wilson's claim that "Bush lied" about Iraq seeking more of the nuclear material in Niger."
Oh for God sakes, those tons of yellowcake uranium were already tagged by the UN inspectors! "In other searches during the day, inspectors continued their work at the al-Tuwaitha Nuclear Research Center on the south side of Baghdad and at the Akashat uranium mine, about 420 kilometers (260 miles) west of Baghdad, near the Syrian border.
Several tons of uranium have been under seal at al-Tuwaitha since the previous round of inspections ended in 1998." -U.N. inspects new Iraqi military factory December 12, 2002
Even the NYT article you quote from makes this clear: "A second diplomatic official expressed puzzlement as to why the United States was considering moving the material, after the material has been presumably secured and resealed. Except for the incident immediately after the invasion, the official said, "this stuff has been there, secure, quiet, not a problem to anyone, since 1991."