The Institute of People Whose Incompetence Makes You Unsafe, otherwise known as the Bush Administration, has struck again. The New York Times reports that nearly 380 tons of powerful conventional explosives – used to demolish buildings, make missile warheads and detonate nuclear weapons – are missing from one of Iraq’s most sensitive former military installations. Talk about blowing the war marketing campaign! Even the most died-in-the-wool Bushie will have to question the Commander in Chief’s competence now.
If this doesn’t secure John Kerry’s victory, nothing will. Yet I can already hear the White House spin on how it’s John Kerry’s fault.
White House and Pentagon officials acknowledge that the explosives vanished sometime after the American-led invasion last year. “This is a high explosives risk,” one senior Bush administration official said, neglecting to add “Duh” to his sentence.
Says Joe Lockhart, the Kerry Edwards campaign’s senior advisor in email today: Our troops are the best-trained and best-led forces in the world, and they have been doing their job honorably and bravely. The problem is the commander in chief has not being doing his. George Bush refuses to recognize his failures in Iraq, so he can’t fix them and is doomed to repeat them.
When did they know and why did the administration ignore warnings from the IAEA to secure the nearly 380 tons of explosives in Iraq?
What is the chronology of action taken by the Bush administration after being informed that the explosives had gone missing? Why isn’t the president on TV right now reassuring the American people and the world?
The truth: “The immediate danger” of the lost stockpile, said an expert who recently led a team that searched Iraq for deadly arms, “is its potential use with insurgents in very small and powerful explosive devices. The other danger is that it can easily move into the terrorist web across the Middle East.”