Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Going into Rush-mode
Ok, folks, this is it. The mainstream Press (thus far consisting of NBC, CBS, and NYT in particular, but also loosely associated with CNN and MSNBC) have officially revealed themselves as partisan. Not only did CBS plan an 11th hour report designed to hurt Bush, not only did they get upset when the NYT reported it early, but making assumptions against the President, without any effort to keep the story balanced. NBC news reported after the fact that when US forces arrived at Al Qa Qaa, they did not find the weapons in question, begging the question, how can the US be expected to guard something that is gone before they get there? More importantly, how can you blame the President for a failure to do that? If anything, the Left is to blame for forcing whatever delay in starting the war that they may have caused. Maybe if we'd gotten there earlier?

But now they've changed their story, using semantics to destroy any possibility in their minds that the President is free from blame. Here's the text of a piece from today's NYT, Kerry Attacks Bush Over Loss of Explosives (free registration required): "Republican officials have sought to discredit the initial reports and seized on an NBC News account, broadcast Monday night, that said when troops from the 101st Airborne arrived at the vast site on April 10, 2003, they found conventional weapons but none of the extremely powerful high explosives, HMX and RDX, which can be used to set off a nuclear weapon. In an e-mail message sent to reporters on Monday evening, Scott Stanzel, a spokesman for the Bush campaign, said, 'The weapons were not there when the military arrived, making John Kerry's latest ripped-from-the-headlines attack baseless and false.'
But Tuesday evening, NBC again reported on the issue. This time it reported that it had not said that the explosives were gone before American troops arrived at Al Qaqaa. Instead, it reported that troops from the Third Infantry Division and the 101st Airborne searched bunkers at the site and had not found the powerful explosives. NBC reported that it was not clear whether American troops searched all of the bunkers.
'Last night on this broadcast we reported that the 101st Airborne never found the nearly 380 tons of HMX and RDX explosives,' Tom Brokaw, the NBC anchor, said. 'We did not conclude the explosives were missing or had vanished, nor did we say they missed the explosives. We simply reported that the 101st did not find them.'
'For its part, the Bush campaign immediately pointed to our report as conclusive proof that the weapons had been removed before the Americans arrived,' Mr. Brokaw added. 'That is possible, but that is not what we reported.'"

This began as an accusation that we failed to safeguard the weapons. That accusation has been disproven, because the weapons were gone before we got there. Now, Brokaw, it seems, is leading the charge to spinning the story in another direction. But honestly. If the weapons were there when the UN inspectors went in, and they were not there when the US troops arrived, they had to be removed, did they not? What other explanation can there possibly be, Tom? They searched for them, and didn't find them. Are you implying that there were orders to "not find" them?

Honestly, based on the media's utter hatred of Bush that is becoming so apparent, I wouldn't be surprised to see that story in the next few days.


Anonymous said...

Don't you get tired spewing the party line? The troops Bush is so busy talking about weren't there to inspect at all. They were simply stopping on their way to Baghdad.

Also, another partisan makes a good point (from kos):
Gen. Wesley Clark agrees with Bush. Jumping to conclusions is bad.

Today George W. Bush made a very compelling and thoughtful argument for why he should not be reelected. In his own words, he told the American people that "... a political candidate who jumps to conclusions without knowing the facts is not a person you want as your Commander in Chief".

President Bush couldn't be more right. He jumped to conclusions about any connection between Saddam Hussein and 911. He jumped to conclusions about weapons of mass destruction. He jumped to conclusions about the mission being accomplished. He jumped to conclusions about how we had enough troops on the ground to win the peace. And because he jumped to conclusions, terrorists and insurgents in Iraq may very well have their hands on powerful explosives to attack our troops, we are stuck in Iraq without a plan to win the peace, and Americans are less safe both at home and abroad.

By doing all these things, he broke faith with our men and women in uniform. He has let them down. George W. Bush is unfit to be our Commander in Chief.

RFTR said...

A) I pointed out that I was going into Rush mode.
B) Doesn't the liberal media get tired of spewing the Democrat party line?
C) Whether they were supposed to inspect or not, they did search the bunkers, and they did not find anything. This was a large amount of explosives, that needed to have been driven out in multiple trucks. It was not just picked up by looters - it was removed in advance.

Something additional I didn't point out, it's ironic that NBC's broadcast from way back then, which was intended to discredit the idea that there were WMD in Iraq as early as possible, should come back to bite them in the ass.

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Tanstaafl said...

I have a question, why did Saddam need the "powerful high explosives, HMX and RDX, which can be used to set off a nuclear weapon" if he didn't have a WMD program?