Thursday, October 28, 2004


Russia took the HMX,RDX?

If this Washington Times story is true, it is huge. The opening paragraph is a shocker:

Russian special forces troops moved many of Saddam Hussein's weapons and related goods out of Iraq and into Syria in the weeks before the March 2003 U.S. military operation, The Washington Times has learned.

I also like the last paragraph for its pure innocent but damning tone:

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.

Meanwhile at NRO's The Corner a reader comments:

Just caught your quick note on The Corner. The Gertz story is absolutely huge. The information it reveals is incredibly well documented, and investigated. This obviously has absolutely incredible international implications that make the current election a sideshow. The only question is to what level we are willing to support what has already been released. Russia will deny everything of course, and if we fail to offer the proof we hold, the Bush administration will look insane. I can only believe this was thought out in advance, and that Shaw didn't let this info out on his own. Because much of it is (was) very classified, I can't believe he is acting on his own. Especially since he's allowed himself to be sourced. This is the start of the answer to a LOT of open questions concerning our operations in Iraq. I have to wonder exactly who slipped the little note to CBS and the NYT's. Their cooperation and Kerry's absolute face plant into the "missing" explosives story is the perfect lead in to revealing the whereabouts of Iraqi WMD, without making it seem like the Bush/Cheney campaign intentionally sprung an October surprise. If Bush is a good poker player, he is an even better chess player.

Indeed... I guess the Dems are right about Karl Rove, he IS a genius!

BTW, I wonder if any of our Russian readers can comment on this. Or is that sort of thing still too dangerous?

Update: Michelle Malkin has good coverage and follow-up.


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