Friday, June 23, 2006

Bystander: Rightwingnut Tinfoil Hat Wearer!

Well, the NYT's condescends to report the Hoekstra/Santorum WMD story. Headline: "For Diehards, Search for Iraq's WMD's Isn't Over." Couched in a story about civilian WMD theorists and hunters, and seven paragraphs down --

More than a year after the White House, at considerable political cost, accepted the intelligence agencies' verdict that Mr. Hussein destroyed his stockpiles in the 1990's, these Americans have an unshakable faith that the weapons continue to exist.

The proponents include some members of Congress. Two Republicans, Representative Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania held a news conference on Wednesday to announce that, as Mr. Santorum put it, "We have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq."

American intelligence officials hastily scheduled a background briefing for the news media on Thursday to clarify that. Hoekstra and Mr. Santorum were referring to an Army report that described roughly 500 munitions containing "degraded" mustard or sarin gas, all manufactured before the 1991 gulf war and found scattered through Iraq since 2003.

Such shells had previously been reported and do not change the government conclusion, the officials said.

Huh. I don't remember any government official saying that they had been previously reported, but I wasn't at the conference. I remember Fox News reporting some shells had been found a year or two ago, but no one then said how many nor has anyone now clarifed at how many sites these approximate 500 munitions (correct word?) have been found.

Also reporter Scott Shane declines to inform his reading public what Negroponte's declassified document warns: that though they degrade over time, they "remain hazardous and potentially lethal" and that they "could be sold on the black market" and finally more have been "assessed to exist."

This information is beneath his readership, no doubt.


Anonymous Luther said...

I found this an interesting read:,2933,200601,00.html

6:11 PM  

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