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Explosive Story Revealed As Yet Another Kerry Lie

Boortz [1] has an update this morning, regarding those missing explosives… the ones that John Kerry’s been trying to make an issue out of.

“Last night we get a report on NBC news that the explosives were already missing when U.S. troops arrived at the storage location on April 10, 2003.  The last time the IAEA saw the explosives was three months earlier in January of 2003.  There is no way to know just when the explosives were removed.  Sometime after the IAEA saw them in January and before American troops got there in April.  Obviously this isn’t a case of Bush failing to “guard” the explosives.  By the time our troops got there they weren’t there to guard.  In other words, nobody failed to guard anything and there was nothing we could have done about it.  They were gone when we got there.

Well .. .hold on.  There is something we could have done about it.  We could have invaded earlier!  Get in there before the Iraqis had a chance to hide the explosives!  Is that what the Kerry supporters are saying we should have done?

This was a “get Bush” story from the beginning.  There have been some problems between the Bush White House and the head of the IAEA.  This was supposed to be the “October Surprise.”  Drudge is reporting this morning that CBS was hoping to run with this story on Sunday’s 60 Minutes … two days before the election.  The New York Times beat them to the punch … and, unfortunately for the designs of the leftist press, in time for the truth to come out. “

And that tells the whole story…. but it doesn’t. Captain Ed has more… [2] and has had since yesterday [3].

“So let’s keep in mind that when we’re talking about 380 tons of ammunition, it represents 0.019% of the estimated amount of explosives and munitions that confronted the US at the beginning of the invasion.

So, here’s the thing. Even assuming that the story was a legit one, we’re talking about an amount that is covered in a rounding error. Dangerous, certainly. But the perspective was blown out of proportion. Again, this is assuming the story was a legit one.

It is decidedly not.  And it’s not without some degree of irony that I note NBC being embedded with the troops who were first on the scene is the undoing of yet another Kerry Lie.

Update 102604104632; OTB has an interesting discussion [4]going on this topic.

Son of Update 102604115847; Others hitting this hard are Kerry Spot [5], Drudge [6], (even!) Josh Marshall [7], Say Anything [8], Belmont Club [9], and of course Ed, at CQ [3].