I freely admit I swiped CD Harris' title. It's that good. Hat tip and bow to Mr. Harris.
It's the title in the latest of three posts about the NYTrogate (a nifty term for the October Surprise the New York Times is trying to pull on President Bush, and damn the truth!
The other two posts are Sweet, Sweet Schadenfreude & Sold Their Souls For Wales.
Take the time read all three. It's worth it.
Here are some of the key points.
One Dr. ElBaradei, the Head of the IAEA, the United Nations' atomic watchdog agency, leaked the story about the missing explosives to both CBS News' 60 Minutes and the NY Times. It seems that Dr. ElBaradei, is up for re-appointment to his post, and is not well thought of by the current United States presidential administration. So, his selective leak could have political motivation.
The IAEA last saw and accounted for this 380 tons of HMX, RDX, and PETN explosives in January 2003.
This is well after the chief American weapons inspector, Charles Duelfer, when he was a member of the U.N. inspections team in Iraq in 1995, urged the United Nations' atomic watchdog agency (the IAEA) to remove tons of explosives that have since been declared missing! The IAEA refused to do so!
Remember that UN team saw these explosives in January 2003. Eight years after they were urged to remove or destroy them. According to NBC News, three months later, in April of 2003, a bridage of the 101st Airborne, with an NBC News embedded reporter stopped at the Al Qakaa weapons installation on their way to Bagdag. To quote their story:
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."
Now this is all known and verified.
Yet, the Kerry campaign is continuing to beat the drum of this story and present known lies as gospel truth!
Mr. Harris has a very plausable explaination:
John "Weeble" Kerry doesn't seem to care if NYTrogate is true or not, he's committed himself to a full court press on the issue. And I suppose he has nothing to lose. He must either figure out a way to pull ahead of Bush within the next 6 days or his political career will officially become a footnote to history.