Monday, October 25, 2004

NYTs October Dud

Well the NYTs is still overtly trying to put J.F'n.Kerry in the White House. The attacks from the Washington Post and NYTs is in full force now. Tomorrow papers will have front page, above the fold articles trying to undermine Bush. What a surprise, huh? After this election they will continue to bleed subscribers. The internet will continue to take on a larger role in disseminating information. The dinosaurs are dying, thank goodness. So rather than reinvent the wheel that Captain's Quarters has already perfected, go read his breakdown of the story. It is an excellent analysis of the facts, and exposes the NYTs blatant perversion of events while withholding all perspective.
Moneyquote from Captains Quarters: "So let's keep in mind that when we're talking about 380 tons of ammunition, it represents 0.019% of the estimated amount of explosives and munitions that confronted the US at the beginning of the invasion. As Mike makes clear, it will take years to find, secure, and destroy all of these caches, and the Coalition had to prioritize the sites very quickly on their arrival. Absent any IAEA seals, they did what common sense dictated: the US moved its troops into positions where they could fight the enemy and secure communications."
Also, read the Captain's rebuttal to an opposing argument. An excellent post to read.

Update: For more info (Hat tip: right thoughts) go see this post. Perspective is this guys middle-name.

UPDATE II: HA HA HA...(wiping tears from eyes after rolling on the floor) - NEW FLASH: DRUDGE (Hat tip: LGFs) is reporting that NBC News is reporting (go figure) that the entire NYTs Big Story is true to my title of this post: A Dud!
But tonight, NBCNEWS reported: The 380 tons of powerful conventional explosives were already missing back in April 10, 2003 -- when U.S. troops arrived at the installation south of Baghdad!

An NBCNEWS crew embedded with troops moved in to secure the Al-Qaqaa weapons facility on April 10, 2003, one day after the liberation of Iraq. 

According to NBCNEWS, the HMX and RDX explosives were already missing when the American troops arrived. 

It is not clear why the NYTIMES failed to inform readers how the cache had been missing for 18 months -- and was reportedly missing when troops first arrived.

The TIMES left the impression the weapons site had been looted of its explosives recently, and since Iraq has been under US control.

The TIMES reported: "The huge facility, called Al Qaqaa, was supposed to be under American military control but is now a no man's land, still picked over by looters as recently as Sunday."

[In a fresh Page One story set for Tuesday on the matter, the TIMES once again omits any reference to troops not finding any explosives at the site when they arrived in April of 2003. Attempts to reach managing editor Jill Abramson late Monday were unsuccessful.]

"The U.S. Army was at the site one day after the liberation and the weapons were already gone," a top Republican blasted from Washington late Monday.

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.

Dem vp hopeful John Edwards blasted Bush for not securing the explosives: "It is reckless and irresponsible to fail to protect and safeguard one of the largest weapons sites in the country. And by either ignoring these mistakes or being clueless about them, George Bush has failed. He has failed as our commander in chief; he has failed as president."

A senior Bush official e-mailed DRUDGE late Monday: "Let me get this straight, are Mr. Kerry and Mr. Edwards now saying we did not go into Iraq soon enough? We should have invaded and liberated Iraq sooner?"

I hope Drudge is right on this one, I quit watching Network news a looooong time ago. Story is bogus anyway as above. Time will tell on this wrinkle.

Update III: Well, it looks like this is going to be another Rathergate type media meltdown. Captain's Quarters has the updated post with links to the NBC story along with comments concerning MSNBC. MSNBC is still running with the bogus Times story. What a joke of a profession.