October 24, 2004

Bush's Incompetence -> Terrorists Get Weapons of Destruction

The short version of the story:

There were 350 [metric] tons of high explosives [380 tons] in Iraq under seal by the International Atomic Energy Agency. So they weren’t of much danger to anyone.

In possibly the worst screw-up of the invasion and post-invasion time period, the Bush Administration did not prevent those same explosives from being plundered by people wishing to do harm to Americans.

The result? We’re seeing those same explosives in the hands of terrorists and insurgents. They are being used to kill our servicemen and women in Iraq (in car bombs, improvised explosive devices, etc.).

Further, the Bush administration has known this for over a year and, while they were in control of Iraq, did not notify the IAEA. Then they pressured the Iraqis not to tell the IAEA.

There are a number of reasons why you can imagine the White House and the civilians at the Pentagon wouldn’t want to inform the IAEA. But one pretty clear one is that letting the IAEA find out would pretty clearly mean that the American public would find out what a major league screw-up the president and his advisors had allowed to happen.

Only a couple weeks ago did the Iraqis finally report the theft to the IAEA. And from there it was only a matter of time till the yearlong cover-up started to unravel.

But it didn’t even stop there.

(source: Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall: October 24, 2004 - October 30, 2004 Archives)

This is huge. Bush tells the bad guys “Bring it on”… with deadly weapons he allowed them to get their hands on. And then, the cover-up.

I have to agree with Josh Marshall: It’s a story that really brings together the adminstration’s two cardinal sins: dishonesty and incompetence.

President Bush, do you have no shame?

Posted by James at October 24, 2004 10:48 PM
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I'm not the least bit shocked. And further, I don't think the Bush voters are going to care.

Posted by: Chuck S. at October 25, 2004 12:13 AM

I don't expect the Bush core to care. They've proven that they'll make any excuse. Responsibility, repercussions, direct results of actions... they've proven impervious.

But will swing voters care? Will people who truly care about the safety of our troops care? Will people who are sick of being duped care?

The clock is ticking.

Posted by: James at October 25, 2004 1:01 AM

Will they even know? Will this story get the attention it deserves at major US news outlets? I hope so.

Posted by: Chuck S. at October 25, 2004 7:29 AM

So far, it's made top headlines on CNN, ABC news, and Yahoo news. Whether or not it will actually penetrate into the national consciousness is another question.

Posted by: Julie at October 25, 2004 1:30 PM

Did you see the front page of today's New York Times? This is the story:

"An American soldier and three Iraqi civilians were killed today, the military said, a day after Iraqi officials announced that the deadliest ambush of the insurgency left about 50 freshly trained and unarmed Iraqi soldiers dead in remote eastern Iraq on Saturday evening."

The picture that accompanied this story (see link) carried this caption: "The bodies of newly trained Iraqi soldiers on a remote road outside the town of Mandali Sunday. The gunmen who killed them, in the deadliest ambush of the insurgency, were reportedly disguised as policemen."

I think lots of people saw that picture, and lost will begin to connect the dots: Freedom is NOT on the march, and things are NOT going well, contrary to popular Spinners.

This may not change the mind of the "base," but it might change the mind of the swinger.


Posted by: Patti M. at October 25, 2004 2:21 PM

We can only hope. And yet, the conservative news outlets will spin this yet. And if they can't, they will bring up something irrelevant about Kerry and harp on it until IT becomes the story. Perhaps I am too jaded, but I have yet to see anything stick to the Boy Emperor.

Posted by: briwei at October 25, 2004 4:33 PM

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