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Michigan

So, to paraphrase the musical combo AC/DC, Who plays the hardest Hardball of them all?

The NBC newscrew with the 101st Airborne, Second Brigade, says they didn't do any searching, and were there as a pitstop on the way to Baghdad.

Now NBC's Jim Miklaszewski was on MSNBC saying that the 101st "were not actively involved in the search for any weapons, including the high explosives HMX and RDX."

And...

"And because the Al Qaqaa facility is so huge, it's not clear that those troops from the 101st were actually anywhere near the bunkers that reportedly contained the HMX and RDX."

But...

"Now, Pentagon officials say U.S. troops and members of the Iraq Survey Group did arrive at the Al QaQaa compound on May 27. And when they did, they found no HMX or RDX or any other weapons under seal at the time. Now, the Iraqi government has officially said that the high explosives were stolen by looters."

Who's lyin', and who's just not paying attention? The Iraqi government, that we set up? The IAEA? Drudge?

Developing...

Q

Who is this pompous asshole? Bush is going down. Bush and cronies will face war crimes trials.

madawaskan

It's Miller time...open up a can of Zell on him,and tell the most vented man in America to drop the monologue. Challenge him to a dialogue! Tell him that this Air Force wife, who's husband is leaving for Iraq,wants a President that believes in him,and the rest of the troops. We don't want to go back to playing "ketchup" with the terrorists. TellCBS,NYT,and the Kerry campaign (AKA The Bermuda Triangle of Truth)that they're wearing their Pumpkin Surprise pie.

little alex

I think this blog is broke

Poppy

Sorry, he still called you Carter Eskew.

But that is par for the corse for Mathews.

He still thinks Kerrys military cuts were like Cheney's after the cold war was over - When Kerrys was in 1984/5/6

rudo

OK, FOLKS, IT’S TIME FOR US ALL TO GET TOGETHER AND MOBILIZE ON THIS KERRY AMMO STORY. HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW:

THE NY TIMES HAS NO IDEA WHETHER THE ORDINANCE THAT IS PURPORTEDLY “MISSING” WAS REMOVED BEFORE THE 101ST ARRIVED.

THE ORDINANCE – LESS THAN 400 TONS – IS LESS THAN 1/10TH OF 1% OF THE ORDINANCE THAT WE HAVE DESTROYED OR CAPTURED IN IRAQ.

60 MINUTES WAS GOING TO TRY TO USE THIS PIECE AS AN ELECTION EVE SMEAR TACTIC, BUT GAVE IT TO THE NY TIMES INSTEAD WHEN THE IAEA MADE ITS REPORT.

THE 101ST DID A SEARCH BUT DID NOT FIND THE WEAPONS ON OR ABOUT APRIL 10. THEREAFTER, OTHER UNITS ALSO PERFORMED SEARCHES AND DID NOT FIND THE WEAPONS. BY MAY, THE SURVEY GROUP CONCLUDED AN EXTENSIVE SEARCH AND DID NOT FIND THE WEAPONS.

FROM THE TIME THE 101ST ARRIVED IN EARLY APRIL AND THROUGH THE NEXT MONTH, THE ROADS NEAR THE FACILITY WERE FULL OF US TROOPS MOVING SUPPLIES, PERSONNEL, ETC., WERE SUBJECT TO AIR PATROLS, AND HAD CHECKPOINTS. FEW IF ANY IRAQIS WERE TRAVELING THE ROAD AT THE TIME, AND IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN APPROXIMATLEY 38 EXTREMELY LARGE TRUCKS TO TRANSPORT THE MISSING MATERIALS. AT THAT TIME, IT IS UTTERLY INFEASIBLE THAT ANY IRAQIS COULD ORGANIZE SUCH AN EFFORT, COULD MOBILIZE THE VEHICLES REQUIRED, OR COULD TRAVEL THAT ROAD WITH OUT NOTICE FROM TROOPS, CHECKPOINTS, OR AERIAL RECON. IN OTHER WORDS, THIS IS TOTALLY SILLY.

JOHN KERRY JUMPED ALL OVER THESE SILLY ALLEGATONS AND CALLED IT A TREMENDOUS BLUNDER BY OUR PRESIDENT NOT TO FIND THE 400 TONS OF ORDINANCE AT ISSUE. HE HAS ABSOLUTELY NO FACTUAL SUPPORT FOR THAT ALLEGATION, AND YET HAS MADE IT IN THE NATIONAL MEDIA REPEATEDLY OVER THE PAST 2 DAYS, AND CUT AN AD IN ORDER TO REPEAT THIS FALSEHOOD AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN.

THIS IS NOT ONLY A MONSTEROUS DECEPTION ON THE EVE OF AN ELECTION, IT REVEALS THE CHARACTER OF THIS MAN.

WHAT SORT OF MAN WOULD PEDAL FALSEHOODS IN THIS WAY ABOUT OUR MILLITARY AND OUR PRESIDENT DURING A TIME OF WAR? THIS IS NOT A GOOD MAN, AND DOES NOT DESERVE THE RESPECT OF OUR TROOPS OR OUR CITIZENRY.

AND REMEMBER, THIS IS THE IAEA, UN, MSM ALL TOGETHER PITCHING A MATERIALLY FALSE STORY. THERE MUST BE A BACKLASH. LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN.

Harvey Tippit

Stop with the all caps, please, ... but I admit that Kerry seems to stepped over the line. He's got a whole lot riding on this stuff. Not sure what he'll end up gaining, and it might backlash.

was it really wise to put all his effort into the ammo story?

Jeffraham Prestonian

rudo -- What did the 3rd ID find at al Qaqaa on April 4th, 2003, a week prior to the 101st's arrival there?
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compassionate Conservative for Bush

Rocketpunch wrote :
Compasionate Conservative for Bush - but removing Saddam WAS the cakewalk or rather a "Catastrophic success" as Bush has said.

But I ask the question - How can any of us pretend to think we know what a "GODLY" thing to do is? Are men now supposed to invade other countries in the name of their God? Is the United States so Divine that we need to intervene in the affairs of others in the name of our God? Is that what the Bible teaches you? Spread His word through force

My answer:
Removing the decades-old regime of Saddam was not easy. That tyrant had demonized his people so much that tyranny was and still is ingrained inside many of the people. It will take them time to get acclamated to their newly found freedom. Hence you see the insurgency stemming from instability. Transitions take time. For us who grew up in a free soceity, it's hard to understand the scars that may still be in the hearts of those people. They need time to heal. The transition is not easy.

The Godly thing or the spiritual thing was to remove the tyrant and free the people. There can be no argument against this principle.

Jeffraham Prestonian

compassionate Conservative for Bush: "The Godly thing or the spiritual thing was to remove the tyrant and free the people. There can be no argument against this principle."

You have to admit that trying to foment democracy at gunpoint is a lot like trying to create sexual fulfillment by rape.
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Phoenician in a time of Romans

CCfB: "But I ask the question - How can any of us pretend to think we know what a "GODLY" thing to do is?"

Well, there's that "Just War" doctrine the Catholic Church spent about 1000 years thinking about. But the Pope was 100% behind Bush bombing those filthy A-rabs, wasn't he?

Pittsburgh Pride

Tucker,
WHAT DID KERRY KNOW ABOUT AL-QAQAA AND WHEN DID HE KNOW IT?

John Kerry mentioned the "Ammo dump" on Oct. 8.What did he know? The NYT endorses Kerry and all of the sudden this old story is repackaged as new News. CBS endorsed Kerry in September with the forged documents and they're involved too. Turn this story against him. Was he tipped off by these news organizations? What did Kerry know and when did he know it?!!!! This is the second time in his life that John Kerry has given aid and comfort to the enemy to end a war he does not agree with... at least now. He is demoralizing our Troops on purpose, just like in '71.

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