Sunday, October 31, 2004

Wrap-Up of the Media Ambush Story

Jack Kelly has written a great summation article concerning the bogus NYTs explosive story. You know, the story that was planned to run tonight on 60 minutes. They never learn. Folks, just observe the actions of CBS, 60 Minutes, and the NYTs during this election year for a tremendous case report for Bush Derangement Syndrome. I posted on this political disorder here.
"Confidential IAEA documents obtained by ABC News show that on Jan. 14, 2003, the agency's inspectors recorded that just over three tons of RDX were stored at the facility," ABC reported Oct. 27. "The IAEA documents could mean that 138 tons of explosives were removed from the facility long before the United States launched 'Operation Iraqi Freedom.' "

The 380 tons are relatively small potatoes, considering the size of Saddam's arsenal. There were an estimated million tons of weapons and explosives in 8,700 weapons depots, several as large as 10 miles by 10 miles square, according to the Iraq Survey Group.

Of this, the United States has destroyed some 280,000 tons, and has prepared 160,000 tons more for demolition. The 380 tons missing from Al-Qaqaa amount to less four-hundredths of 1 percent (.004) of the total estimated weapons and munitions in Iraq, less than two-tenths of a percent of what already has been destroyed.

A good news organization would have put the 380 tons in perspective, but we're talking about The New York Times.

My only quibble with the story, 0.004% is not four-hundredths of 1 is four-thousandths of one percent. I can't help myself, it's the pharmacist in me.

Read the WHOLE thing to get the full TRUTH.