Monday, October 25, 2004

You can't spin you're way out of this

The CNN Web site has this story on the missing stockpile. Notice the different spin each person is trying to give this story.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said President Bush wants to determine what went wrong. McClellan, on Air Force One, stressed that the missing explosives were not nuclear materials, and said the storage site was the responsibility of the interim Iraqi government, not the United States, as of June 28, when the United States turned over the nation's administration to the Iraqis. McClellan said the Iraqi government reported the missing weaponry to the IAEA on October 10, and the IAEA informed the U.S. mission in Vienna on October 15. National security adviser Condoleezza Rice was told a few days later, then informed the president. ... The discovery was not made public sooner because standard intelligence practice is not to let enemies know such information, said a senior administration official. There are hundreds of tons of other weapons and munitions missing around the country, and it is impossible for the United States to track down all of them, the official said. ... The senior administration official downplayed the importance of the missing explosives, describing them as dangerous material but "stuff you can buy anywhere." The official added that the administration did not see this necessarily as a "proliferation risk."
Stuff you can get anywhere? All I can say is why buy it when you can steal it from some very stupid people? And, we couldn't be told because we didn't want to let the terrorists know we knew they had stolen it; also because they were hoping the shit wouldn't hit the fan until after the election. Scottie is the one really pissing me off, though. His insitance that it is the Iraqis' problem just flies in the face of reality. Bremer was told in May. We transferred sovereignty in June. That makes it our problem Scott. Deal with it. And the "what went wrong" crap has got to end. You're a horrible president who doesn't know what the hell he's doing, that's what went wrong. The mainstream media is still doing a piss-poor job of reporting this. The most attention it got airtime-wise was on Wolf Blitzer where he segued into commercial with "Terror concerns intensifying in Iraq right now after hundreds of tons, tons of powerful explosives reported missing. Could they be used in an attack against American troops?" What a friggin' idiot.

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