October 31, 2004
The October Demise
Last week, the New York Times and the Kerry campaign (sorry for the redundancy) served up the October Surprise. The Times -- no stranger to faking news -- merely distorted an old news story from early last year and breathlessly reported it on the front page on October 25:
Huge Cache of Explosives Vanished From Site in Iraq
Then, right on cue, John Kerry feigned shock that President Bush and American troops had failed to secure the site from being "looted." The Kerry campaign even had commercials cut and ready to air on the subject.
But it turned out that the October Surprise was no surprise at all. The looters were, as the American Forces Information Service reveals, us:
A U.S. Army ordnance company removed roughly 250 tons of munitions from Iraq's Al Qaqaa weapons depot in mid-April 2003, that unit's commander said in the Pentagon today ...
In today's press briefing, Army Maj. Austin Pearson explained how his former unit, the 24th Ordnance Company of the 24th Corps Support Group, entered the Al Qaqaa facility, which fell in an area known to the unit as "Objective Elms." On about April 13, 2003, less than a month after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the company removed about 250 tons of "TNT, plastic explosives, detonation cords, initiators and white-phosphorus rounds," Pearson said.
After Maj. Pearson's announcement, the Kerry campaign ceased any and all mention of missing explosives.
Psst...hey, Senator Kerry. Here's a bombshell revelation that's sure to sink the Bush campaign. Get this: George W. Bush was once arrested for drunk driving!!! It's gold! Run with it!
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