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Hey, about those missing explosives, y'all

So, once again the lame-stream media is trying to find some way to make the Bush administration look bad going into the election.

From the New York Times:

The Iraqi interim government has warned the United States and international nuclear inspectors that nearly 380 tons of powerful conventional explosives - used to demolish buildings, make missile warheads and detonate nuclear weapons - are missing from one of Iraq's most sensitive former military installations.


Several hundred tons of conventional explosives were looted from a former Iraqi military facility that once played a key role in Saddam Hussein’s efforts to build a nuclear bomb, the U.N. nuclear agency told the Security Council on Monday.

A “lack of security” resulted in the loss of 377 tons of high explosives from the sprawling Al-Qaqaa military installation about 30 miles south of Baghdad, said Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA.

I'm sure if I checked C-BS, ABC, and the others I could find more examples, but I won't waste bandwidth on them.

There's only one problem, gang. From Jim Geraghty at The Kerry Spot:

Jim Miklaszewski of NBC News pretty much dismantled the New York Times attack on behalf of Kerry today.

NBC News: Miklaszewski: “April 10, 2003, only three weeks into the war, NBC News was embedded with troops from the Army's 101st Airborne as they temporarily take over the Al Qakaa weapons installation south of Baghdad. But these troops never found the nearly 380 tons of some of the most powerful conventional explosives, called HMX and RDX, which is now missing. The U.S. troops did find large stockpiles of more conventional weapons, but no HMX or RDX, so powerful less than a pound brought down Pan Am 103 in 1988, and can be used to trigger a nuclear weapon. In a letter this month, the Iraqi interim government told the International Atomic Energy Agency the high explosives were lost to theft and looting due to lack of security. Critics claim there were simply not enough U.S. troops to guard hundreds of weapons stockpiles, weapons now being used by insurgents and terrorists to wage a guerrilla war in Iraq.” (NBC’s “Nightly News,” 10/25/04)

From The Drudge Report:

The International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors last saw the explosives in January 2003 when they took an inventory and placed fresh seals on the bunkers.

So, let me see if I have this straight. The explosives were last seen in January 2003. When American troops reached the facility in April they weren't there any more. And whose fault is that? Why, obviously, it's George Bush's! Can we say "d-e-s-p-e-r-a-t-e" boys and girls?

You know though, maybe it is the Bush administrations fault. If they hadn't wasted all that time trying to get the U.N. to approve of doing what obviously needed done, maybe the American forces would have gotten there sooner. Hmm.

Hat tip: Blogs for Bush

Update: Captain Ed has the best coverage of this I've seen anywhere. Click here and here.

Posted by Bill Faith on October 25, 2004 at 11:27 PM | Permalink


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