Monday, October 25, 2004

238,000 Tons of Munitions Destroyed Iraq

While John Kerry is mimicking the New York Times headline that 380 tons of munitions have gone missing in Iraq, the US military and their allies have destroyed or taken control of approximately 238,000 tons of munitions. Some of which are so old that te equipment used to fire them is no longer made.

It is important to point out that it is not known whether or not the munitions the New York Times points out in this mornings front page Kerry ad, I mean article, were even in the bunker before the invasion began. They were, for all anyone knows, looted before the war began or before it was concluded. The New York Times is simply attempting to invent a story to help the Kerry Campaign. John Kerry gladly jumped on the non-story in his campaign speech today.

There is no telling what the main stream media will attempt to spin into news during the last week of this campaign. They will do all they can to help Kerry. Luckily most of the main stream media has so thoroughly disgraced itself few people will be influenced by their distortions.

Update via KerrySpot:


It seems that this post was on target. NBC News' Jim Miklaszewski has blown a hole in the New York Times Story:

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)


In other words three weeks into the war, when US troops arrived, the munitions were already gone. If the weapons were there, US troops never had the opportunity to sxecure them. John Kerry is desperately grasping at straws toi find something with which to attack the President. Today he chose a New York Times story that was immediately discredited.

Update:

Drudge is now running the the NBC story discrediting the New York Times story as an "alert" complete with flashing siren. If the editors of the New York Times were concerned with running a credible news organization rather than being an outlet for the Kerry Campaign, they would run a front page correction tomoorow. They won't, course.

Be sure to check the current posts for updates.