The presidential campaigns certainly drown out what would otherwise be sensational news. The AP reported today that two Hellfire missiles bound for Portland, Oregon were discovered at an airport in Belgrade by bomb-sniffing dogs. The armor-piercing missiles' point of origin was Beirut, Lebanon.
Here's more from the AP, via Instapundit:
Serbia's authorities are investigating reports that a cargo package bound for Portland contained two missiles with explosive warheads on a passenger flight from Lebanon.
N1 television said the package with two guided armor-piercing missiles was discovered Saturday by a sniffer dog after an Air Serbia flight from Beirut landed at a Belgrade airport.
Serbian media say documents listed the final destination for the AGM-114 Hellfire missiles as Portland. The American-made projectiles can be fired from air, sea or ground platforms against multiple targets.
The Serbian state news agency Tanjug reported that the missiles had been packed in wooden coffins and unloaded at the Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, where they were inspected by bomb-sniffing dogs.
The FBI is investigating the reports.
It should go without saying that the transfer of these arms illegally to a U.S. city is bad news. Whether they were intended to be fired from a helicopter, as they are designed to be, or whether the explosive material in them was to be used in some other way, this would be a scary development should the reports prove to be accurate.