Monday, October 25, 2004

Expensive Bird Cage Lining

The NY Times reported earlier today that the US military failed to secure 380 tons of explosives in Iraq. These explosives are now unaccounted for, and are presumed to be in the hands of terrorists. Of course, John Kerry was quick to label US efforts in Iraq "incompetent". Apparently, the Bush administration was warned in May of 2003 about the explosives cache.

The NY Times failed to report that the US military has either destroyed or secured over 400,000 tons of munitions since the invasion began. That's no typo - 400,000 tons! Granted, the munitions secured and/or destroyed to date are of various types and strengths. The 380 tons supposedly missing are apparently quite lethal.

However, it is still unknown as to whether the missing explosives were taken in the buildup to war, during the invasion, after the invasion and before the warning to the Bush administration, or after the warning to the Bush administration. Given the harsh critique of the Bush administration by the Times, and because the article failed to provide proper context by mentioning the munitions that have been destroyed, it's clear that the NY Times is using their front page as a massive pro-Kerry editorial. Once again, another issue of the NY Times is better suited to catch parrot guano than it is to provide fair and accurate reporting.

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