Thursday, October 28, 2004

Blame it on the Russians

Russia tied to Iraq's missing arms - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - October 28, 2004

If the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Washington Times is good for anything, it can be counted on to weave a good yarn, especially if that yarn exonerates the Bush Administration from acting incompetently.

Today's tale for conservative story hour? Blame "Dumb Ivan" - the Russians - for the missing high explosives, and while you're at it, you might as well pin Iraq's missing WMDs on them, too.

The Washington Times has "scooped" the rest of the world's press and intelligence apparatuses and discovered that in the days leading up to the US invasion of Iraq, Saddam hired Russian Special Forces to spirit away his stockpiles of weapons and munitions to secret locations in Syria and possibly Lebanon. The Russians acted not only in the interests of their employer, Saddam, but in their own interests as well, destroying "hundreds of pages of documents on Russian arms supplies to Iraq."

"Defense officials said the Russians can provide information on what happened to the Iraqi weapons and explosives that were transported out of the country. Officials believe the Russians also can explain what happened to Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs."

It would have been too obvious to blame it on the French. Conservatives still harbor a deep hatred for Russians - "once a red, always a red" - so they were a logical second choice. One has to admire the pugnacity and sheer genius of pinning not only the missing explosives but the entire dismantling of Iraq's WMD programs on the Russians at this late date. The story only has to hold through next Tuesday. I would imagine that flowers and olive branches are already on their way to Moscow through back channels to appease the Russians through this smear that will be quietly buried after election day.

Meanwhile, (Via Eschaton), back in the "reality-based community," a news crew from KSTP news in Minneapolis-St. Paul reports having visited the al-Qaaqa installation on April 18, 2003 with members of 101st Airborne Division and seeing "bunker after bunker" labeled "explosives" and box after box similarly labeled.

[Update: Conservative cheerleaders Michelle Malkin and Drudge link to the WashTimes article.]

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