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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

And now it's "Ammogate"

posted by Jazz at 10/27/2004 01:37:00 PM


I can't take it any more. Does everything have to be a "gate" during election season? Yesterday I caught my dog, Kenya, nosing around in the cupboard while I was on the computer, trying to sniff at the box of treats we keep in there for her. I hereby dub this, "biscuitgate" and you MUST credit this blog as you all rush to report on the story. To make it even better, unlike those cheesy Ammogate reporters in the MSM, I've got PICTURES! O'Reilly won't be discrediting my story, I assure you. Here she is, backing slowly away from the cupboard with some of her ill gotten gains.

Now, on to the actual story, such as it is. We're faced with another classic case of "he said, she said." All you can really do is look at the facts and then try to judge the credibility of who it is that said what. What facts do we know?

First, we know that at some point there were 380 tons of extremely dangerous explosives in a bunker at Al Qaqaa. The IAEA had been guarding them for some time and told the US to keep an eye on them.

Now they are gone.

The New York Times came out with a claim that they had disappeared after we took over the area. This looked very bad for Bush's war planning, and Kerry quickly jumped on it like a dog smelling an unattended sirloin. Liberal bloggers went gaga over it.

Next, NBC came out and claimed that they had reporters embedded with troops who searched that area at the time of our arrival, and the explosives were already gone. Karl Rove trumpeted the news that it was just a gotcha story. The conservative blogs went gaga.

Now, the Times comes back with a counterpunch and interviews the commander of that unit who supposedly discovered the missing explosives. It seems he was a little busy at the time, what with marching his troops through hostile terrain towards Baghdad, and hadn't actually inspected the bunkers at all. Finding that much high explosives, or more to the point, finding them missing, seems like something that would stick in your mind, no?

It looks to me like Bush's cover is blown on this one, but what everyone is failing to pick up on is that the effect of this story on Bush is not the big story. It's not the bad news. The bad news is that 380 tons of high explosives are missing and undoubtedly in the hands of terrorists and/or Iraqi resistance fighters who are using them to blow our guys up.

This might be a good time to run around and do a quick inventory of the rest of the munitions over there and make sure somebody is guarding any remaining weapons that the looters might have somehow missed thus far. That is, if you're not all too busy giving interviews.