Friday, October 29, 2004
QaQaa gate closing
WASHINGTON — A U.S. Army officer came forward Friday to say a team from the 3rd Infantry Division took about 250 tons of munitions and other material from the Al-Qaqaa (search) arms-storage facility soon after Saddam Hussein's regime fell in April 2003.
Maj. Austin Pearson said at a Pentagon news conference that he was tasked in the days after the fall of the Iraqi regime with a mission to secure and destroy ammunition and explosives. He led a 25-man team called Task Force Bullet.
Well, I guess that Pentagon did the job it was supposed to again.
God bless our brave men and women serving in the Iraqi Liberation campaign.
Kerry and the New York Times are WRONG
Everyone's yelling and screaming about the MISSING EXPLOSIVES in Iraq nowadays... and Kerry's out to blame Bush for botching this job up.
As usual, Kerry is lying... and so is the New York Times.
NBC Nightly News Reported That On April 10, 2003, One Day After Baghdad Fell, U.S. Troops Entered Al-Qaqaa And Did Not Find Explosives. NBC'S JIM 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-Qaqaa 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)
No Materials Under IAEA Seals Were Discovered When Coalition Troops Searched Site In April 2003. "Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said U.S.-led forces searched the Qaqaa facility after the invasion. 'Coalition forces were present in the vicinity at various times during and after major combat operations,' he said. 'The forces searched 32 bunkers and 87 other buildings at the facility. While some explosive material was discovered, none of it carried IAEA seals.'" (Colum Lynch and Bradley Graham, "Iraqi Explosives Missing, U.N. Is Told," The Washington Post, 10/26/04)
IAEA Head Told U.N. Security Council Explosives Were Unaccounted For One Month Before Invasion. "IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei told the U.N. Security Council one month before the allied invasion that Iraq had moved some of its highly explosive HMX from the Al Qaqaa site. The United Nations could not verify Iraqi claims that it used the explosives for commercial uses. The missing explosives include HMX as well as RDX, two highly explosive substances used to make C-5 plastic devices that can be used for legitimate commercial purposes, or by terrorists to bring down an airplane." (Rowan Scarborough, "Pentagon Responds To Missing-Explosives Report," The Washington Times, 10/26/04)
So, who do you want in the Oval Office? A flip-flopper whose only consistent tactic is that he lies through his teeth, or George W. Bush?
Thursday, October 28, 2004
ABC says it has “confidential IAEA documents” showing that “on Jan. 14, 2003, the agency’s inspectors recorded that just over 3 tons of RDX was stored at the facility” — not 380 tons as reported by The New York Times on Monday.”
Monday, October 18, 2004
Your moment of Zen
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Your moment of Zen
John Edwards yesterday: "When John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk. Get up out of that wheelchair and walk again."
Me: I stopped there because I actually believe the first theory. I think there is something inherent to the Democratic Party in the last 20 years that makes flip-floppers more likely to get nominated. It has something to do with the fact that the national party -- i.e. it's major donors, civil rights groups, Hollywood, New York media etc -- are far more left wing than rank-and-file Democrats. Chait himself has written about how affirmative action is very unpopular in America but elite Democrats love it (and elite Republicans are terrified of dealing with it). Also, the Democratic Party is much more coalitional. These and other forces contribute to the need for these Dems to play a double game. For example, once Gore became a "national Democrat" it became that much harder to be a Southern Democrat. That's why he lost Tennessee. Bill Clinton was much better at playing both sides -- and I doubt even Chait would say that Clinton was a man of granite convictions. But Clinton's I agreed with the minority but would have voted with the majority schtick was a perfect distillation of how a creature of the modern Democratic Party was trying very hard to suck up to two different constituencies simultaneously.
And in this week's cover story, Jonathan Chait from TNR sheds some new light on the “flip flop” lie; It’s the only thing the Republicans know how to do during an election. It’s what they said about Clinton (remember the “waffler”?) It’s what they said about Gore.
And if history is any precedent, maybe a “waffler” (someone who can change their mind, depending on new and relevant insights) will lead to another eight years of prosperity and security.
It couldn't be that the National Party is so far off the cliff of Leftism that only flip-floppers can win because they're the ones who can knit together centrists and the insane, no...
As for prosperity and security, I point to (1) Pets.com
(2) the USS Cole.