Thursday, June 22, 2006

WMD Found--MSM Yawns

Yesterday, Republican Senators Rick Santorum (photo at left) and Peter Hoekstra reported, based on a recently declassified intelligence report, that U.S. armed forces have discovered over 500 shells with remnants of mustard gas or sarin nerve agents. Senator Santorum stated, "This is an incredibly -- in my mind -- significant finding. The idea that, as my colleagues have repeatedly said in this debate on the other side of the aisle, that there are no weapons of mass destruction, is in fact false." Read the full story here. Kudos to AFP (Agence France-Presse) for covering it. Sometimes the French pleasantly surprise me.

Given how much of the rhetoric on the left, critical of President Bush and the Iraq War, has insisted that "there were no WMDs" and "Bush lied," one might naively think that this story would have received considerable press attention. However, the reaction of MSM has been largely to ignore the story, or to minimize its significance. As far as I have been able to discover, the Los Angeles Times did not report the story at all. NPR reports it under the headline, "Expert: Iraq WMD Find Did Not Point to Ongoing Program," thereby debunking the story even as it reported it. Other MSM dismissed the story by stating that the weapons dated to before the 1991 Gulf War, that there was no evidence of "stockpiling" (500 shells apparently being an insignificant collection) or that there is no evidence that Saddam Hussein was conducting an ongoing weapons program.

In contrast, Christopher Hitchens, in an interview on the Hugh Hewitt show today, reported that he had first hand information that Hussein was negotiating in March 2003 to purchase missiles from North Korea. I am sure that NPR would respond that Hussein may have wanted the missiles for peaceful space exploration.


Blogger Salmonella5000 said...

Dude, the stuff fell off a truck on the way to the dump. They had them all over Iraq pre-Gulf War and probably just forgot where some of them were stored. It happens. You con't think so? Check it out:

APBNews 11/22/00 Keith Coffman "…..Six grapefruit-size bombs believed to contain the deadly nerve gas sarin have been uncovered at a former military arsenal that is being converted into a wildlife refuge, authorities said. U.S. Army officials who are overseeing the cleanup at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, about 10 miles northeast of downtown Denver, said the "bomblets" were found more than two miles from the nearest home and pose no public health threat...."

See? Stuff gets misplaced,etc. Not intentionally. We all understand that you guys really, really, really, really, really need a boost these days, what with your whole world collapsing, but this WMD "blockbuster" is non-news. 

Posted by salmonella5000

Thursday, June 22, 2006 8:10:00 PM  
Blogger The Hedgehog said...

Dear Salmonella:

Great moniker. Do you intend to be associated with bad mayonnaise?

Anyway, thanks for your concern, but I just checked my world and it seems to he holding up just fine.

As for your world, I have to express my admiration for the depth and fervency of your conversion to the Gospel of Bush Lied. Faith is a wonderful thing, and I suspect yours is deep enough that even if a warehouse full of Sarin were discovered in Iraq, you'd cling to the beliefs of your heart.

Please drop by again sometime with some equally clever and penetrating comments. 

Posted by The Hedgehog

Friday, June 23, 2006 9:43:00 AM  
Blogger Ken Prescott said...

Sal, here's food for thought:

A regime that would lose track of that much sarin and nerve gas--in other words, enough to kill a city, even if distributed inefficiently--obviously needed to be rremoved, and replaced with responsible adults. 

Posted by Ken Prescott

Saturday, June 24, 2006 9:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With Zarqawi snuffed and the 'insurgents' beginning to negotiate for peace

with the Democrats in the Senate uniting to give 13 votes to Kerry's cut and run bill

with the culture of corruption now fixed to William Jefferson

with Al Gore's global warming attracting 50 people per theater per weekend.

---what would salmonella's attitude be if 'our world' were sunshine and balloons?

For the last three years all the left wing nuts have said there were NO WMD's -- it was all a lie they said. They didn't say there were no new WMD's. They didn't say there were Gulf War WMDs. They said that Saddam Hussein was an innocent ice-cream vendor who's children played innocently flying kites in the park.

Your "No WMD's" is going to come back and strangle you. 

Posted by vet

Saturday, June 24, 2006 2:08:00 PM  

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