After two days of ignoring the story of the missing high explosives in Iraq the president shot back today:
"Our military is now [19 months later] investigating a number of possible scenarios, including that the explosives may have been moved before our troops even arrived at the site."
Unfortunately there's a little problem with that statement:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
ABC News on Thursday showed video that appeared to confirm that explosives that went missing in Iraq not disappear until after the United States had taken control of the facility where they were stored.
ABC said the video was shot by an affiliate TV station embedded with the 101st Airborne Division when members of the division passed through the facility on April 18, nine days after the fall of Baghdad.
ABC said experts who have studied the images say the barrels seen in the video contain the high explosive HMX, and U.N. markings on the sealed containers were clear.
The barrels were found inside locked bunkers that had been sealed by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency just before the war began, ABC reported.
Bush didn't look before he lept.
Responding to John Kerry's attacks on him that he blew it on the lost weapons Bush said:
"A political candidate who jumps to conclusions without knowing the facts is not a person you want as your commander in chief."
Too bad W has no sense of irony. I should think a Commander in Chief who "jumps to conclusions without knowing the facts" is much more dangerous somehow. 1,105 troops and dead and 20,000 wounded later he's yet to admit one mistake!