Monday, October 25, 2004

The White House line on the missing explosives is misleading.

There are 380 tons of explosives missing in Iraq – enough to blow up 380,000 aircraft. White House press secretary Scott McClellan repeatedly tried to minimize the importance of the missing explosives saying, "more than 243,000 tons of munitions have been destroyed since Operation Iraqi Freedom...That puts this all -- that puts this all in context." McClellan is mixing apples and oranges. He is talking about *munitions* which include guns, ammunitions and the like. If 380 tons of munitions were missing it wouldn't be a huge deal. The problem is that 380 tons of powerful *explosives* are missing. (New York Times, White House)