Tuesday, October 26, 2004

The Explosive Plot Thickens

When I gave my take on the missing explosives yesterday, I had no idea that it had become such a political hot potato in the US. Drudge is currently breaking a story that not only suggests that my theory was correct, but that this whole thing was intended to be Kerry's October Surprise!

Let's cover the developments:

First, the NY Times breaks the story:

The NYTIMES urgently reported on Monday in an apparent October Surprise: The Iraqi interim government and the U.N. nuclear agency have warned the United States that nearly 380 tons of powerful conventional explosives are now missing from one of Iraq's most sensitive former military installations. (The source behind the NYT story first went to CBSNEWS' 60 MINUTES last Wednesday, but the beleaguered network wasn't able to get the piece on the air as fast as the newspaper could print. Executive producer Jeff Fager hoped to break the story during a high-impact election eve broadcast of 60 MINS on October 31.)
Next, Senator Kerry pounces:

Jumping on the TIMES exclusive, Dem presidential candidate John Kerry blasted the Bush administration for its failure to "guard those stockpiles."

"This is one of the great blunders of Iraq, one of the great blunders of this administration," Kerry said.

The liberal media went nuts:

*ABCNEWS Mentioned The Explosives At Least 4 Times
*CBSNEWS Mentioned The Explosives At Least 7 Times
*MSNBC Mentioned The Explosives At Least 37 Times
*CNN Mentioned The Explosives At Least 50 Times

But then here's the part that really shocks me. In an apparent show of good faith (and perhaps wary of the recent Rathergate scandal), ultra-liberal NBC News comes clean:

NBCNEWS reported: The 380 tons of powerful conventional explosives were already missing back in April 10, 2003 -- when U.S. troops arrived at the installation south of Baghdad!

An NBCNEWS crew embedded with troops moved in to secure the Al-Qaqaa weapons facility on April 10, 2003, one day after the liberation of Iraq.

According to NBCNEWS, the HMX and RDX explosives were already missing when the American troops arrived.

"The U.S. Army was at the site one day after the liberation and the weapons were already gone," a top Republican blasted from Washington late Monday.
And the battle rages on. Democrats accuse the Republicans of lying and covering up, while the Republicans accuse the Democrats of making false charges in an effort to save their dying campaign. My take- this will generate some back and forth on all the pundit shows, but the "October Surprise" attempt fell well short of the mark.

Nice try, Senator- but you're going to have to come up with something better than false claims about our military's ability (or lack thereof) to secure sensitive weapons depots. War is hell. We do the best we can- sorry if that hurts your election bid.

If you don't believe that the Kerry campaign is struggling right now, I'd ask you to check out the most recent electoral analysis at Real Clear Politics.

My Prediction

I'm going to make a bold move here. With one week to go until the votes are tallied, I'm calling this race for Bush. I think the margin of victory will be a little larger than most people think. The popular vote will be Bush 53% - Kerry 45% - Nader 1.5%. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.


Neal Boortz disagrees with me:

We're one week away from the election, so here's my prediction. As much as it pains me to say this, I'm still predicting a Kerry win. The left is simply going to do a better job at voter turnout than the right. A huge part of the Democratic party base doesn't have to worry about such inconveniences as jobs to prevent them from voting. They have all the time in the world, and these early voting locations give the unions and other leftist activists all the time they need to get out there, pick up their myrmidons, and get them to the polls. The productive class, on the other hand, has distractions .. distractions that may prevent them from getting to the polls. Besides, it's difficult to herd individuals. Liberals don't have to try to herd individuals ... their followers gave up their individuality decades ago.

Then, of course, there's the problem with stupid voters. It is beyond understand that we actually allow decisions like this to be made by millions of people who have no understanding of government or of the candidates. They decide which candidate is going to give them the most stuff ... and that's how they vote.

Hopefully I'll have a brighter outlook by the end of the week.
I sure hope he's wrong...


Sandy said...

I think he's wrong. I'm not plugged into the political machine, but from what I'm reading, the President's Get Out the Vote organization is extensive and well thought out. The 72 hour push is reportedly modeled after the system used in liberal Minnesota, (the only state that Mondale carried, mind you), that in '02 elected Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and (R) Senator Norm Coleman. We follow politics closely, but for the first time in my life, I'm planning to find the time to volunteer in the last days of the campaign. From my limited worldview, there are a number of right leaning bloggers that also plan to participate for the first time in their lives. It's the least we can do to support our troops by preventing the nightmare of "Wrong War, Wrong Time" Kerry, who already betrayed the soldiers from one US war, from becoming CIC.

You do your job there. We''ll take care of things here. (Thanks for your service.)

2Slick said...

Awesome, DC. I have full trust and confidence in your abilities. Thank you for YOUR service....