Skip to comments.October Surprise Foiled
Posted on 10/26/2004 4:39:51 AM PDT by NotchJohnson
OK .. I GET A BIT "I TOLD YOU SO TODAY"
Yesterday the news broke about 380 tons of explosives that disappeared in Iraq. The International Atomic Energy Agency was raising quite a fuss over this, as was the American mainstream media. Boy oh boy, did the media love this story. After all, it really looked bad for Bush, didn't it? ABC and CBS hammered the story, as did MSNBC. But CNN? Wow! Did CNN love this story. They covered it at least 50 times yesterday.
Then, of course, we had the Kerry campaign jumping on the story. The Poodle called it one of the greatest blunders of Iraq. He slammed Bush for, as he put it, "failing to guard" the stockpile of explosives.
In yesterday's Nealz Nuze I wrote the following:
The IAEA says that they were monitoring the explosives prior to the war. Now they're gone. The IAEA doesn't know when they disappeared. They can't say that Saddam didn't remove them before the American invasion. They can't say that Saddam's soldiers didn't move them to another location after the invasion began. They just don't know.
Oh, you should have seen the email. I was a Bush crony. I was making weak excuses for Bush's failures in Iraq. I didn't do my homework. I was lying. Blah blah blah.
Well ... here's your "I told you so."
Last night we get a report on NBC news that the explosives were already missing when U.S. troops arrived at the storage location on April 10, 2003. The last time the IAEA saw the explosives was three months earlier in January of 2003. There is no way to know just when the explosives were removed. Sometime after the IAEA saw them in January and before American troops got there in April. Obviously this isn't a case of Bush failing to "guard" the explosives. By the time our troops got there they weren't there to guard. In other words, nobody failed to guard anything and there was nothing we could have done about it. They were gone when we got there.
Well .. .hold on. There is something we could have done about it. We could have invaded earlier! Get in there before the Iraqis had a chance to hide the explosives! Is that what the Kerry supporters are saying we should have done?
This was a "get Bush" story from the beginning. There have been some problems between the Bush White House and the head of the IAEA. This was supposed to be the "October Surprise." Drudge is reporting this morning that CBS was hoping to run with this story on Sunday's 60 Minutes ... two days before the election. The New York Times beat them to the punch ... and, unfortunately for the designs of the leftist press, in time for the truth to come out.
CBS is ignoring the NBC story.
Nothin' like a good game of rope-a-dope.
Since when does truth matter to CBS?
Some days it stinks to be a flack.
Yes, the MSM is trying hard to ignore it. Fox News and Friends was outraged by the terrible reporting by the NYT. We'll see what Poodle and Breck Girl say, but if i were Bush I would hang this goose around Kerry as evidence of his lies and as evidence of saying and doing anything to get elected.
When your enemy is beating himself up, get out of his way.
CBS won't do any retracting. They are still sore from Memogate. It is the NYTimes who has the most online. I think all they will do is keep spinning the story and hope something else turns up or let it fizzle.
I detest those two flacks.....they are both Clinton bathwater drinkers.
"CBS is ignoring the NBC story"
From what I hear this a.m., NBC is ignoring the NBC story.
With a cluster, but they did pull in their horns and tried to
talk about other issues. I wonder how hard Kerry will hit this today, if at all.
The NY Times was so anxious to help Kerry in this campaign that they released this stale information a week too early. If they released it next Sunday, it might have had an effect since there would be almost no time to refute it.
Watching the Today Show this morning, it appears NBC is ignoring NBC's story.
Matt to Tim: "How does this 'missing weapons' story affect the election?"
Tim to Matt: "It affects it a lot, Matt. It dominated yesterday's news cycle and allows the Kerry team to put Bush on the defensive."
dem response: LALALALALALALA I CANT HEAR YOUUUUU LALALALALAA!!!
You beat me by 61 seconds.
Not only that but they know Clinton always pee'd in the tub.
Fox and Friends discussed this. Mentioned NBC embed who was with the Army, and mentioned that the IAEA guy had told the UN BEFORE the war. The story is on the front page of the NYT, without the NBC report.
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