The NY Times/60 Minutes "October Surprise" is falling apart fast.
First, it seems that it was Russian special forces troops working with Iraqi intelligence, "almost certainly" removed the high-explosive material that went missing from the Al-Qaqaa facility, weeks before the March 2003 U.S. military operation. It seems the Russians were covering their involvement with Iraqi weapons programs.
Second, we have this report from ABC News, that states:
The information on which the Iraqi Science Ministry based an Oct. 10 memo in which it reported that 377 tons of RDX explosives were missing — presumably stolen due to a lack of security — was based on "declaration" from July 15, 2002. At that time, the Iraqis said there were 141 tons of RDX explosives at the facility.
But the confidential IAEA documents obtained by ABC News show that on Jan. 14, 2003, the agency's inspectors recorded that just over 3 tons of RDX was stored at the facility — a considerable discrepancy from what the Iraqis reported.
The IAEA documents could mean that 138 tons of explosives were removed from the facility long before the start of the United States launched "Operation Iraqi Freedom" in March 2003.
If Mr. Kerry has any shred of integrity left, he will apologize to the American people for spreading lies and rumors about the President and the Americans serving in the Armed Forces.