Skip to comments.The Grey Lady's November Surprise (Dean Barnett on the NYT)
Posted on 11/03/2006 9:15:26 AM PST by The Blitherer
You see kids this is what happens when your worldview gets hopelessly narrow.
In its semi-annual November surprise, the New York Times reveals that the Bush administration put documents on the web that showed that Iraq was quite far along in its quest for nuclear weapons. Naturally, thats not the focus of the story. The focus of the story is the cursed incompetence of the Bush administration, the Republican Party, and even right-wing media-types (like me!) who wanted the documents released.
But the takeaway from the story for normal people wont be that conservatives both inside and outside the administration are all a bunch of blithering incompetents. Besides, Andrew Sullivans vote had already been pretty much sewed up. The news in the story is how far along Saddam was in his bid to acquire the ultimate WMD. While thats an old story to many of us, its heartening to see the Times splash it all over this mornings front page and in so doing refresh the nations memory regarding the most disputed causus belli of the current war.
The Times lengthy reportage pounds the theme that some of the documents could give potential malefactors like those nice Mullahs in Iran a shortcut to nuclear weaponry. The Times quotes a predictably unnamed diplomat fretting, Its a cookbook. If you had this, it would short-circuit a lot of things.
Lets just posit for the sake of argument that the Times huge exposé is news-breaking of the first order and is no way, shape or form a maladroit effort at electioneering. Lets assume that the Times really does think that this information being posted on the web made the world a vastly more dangerous place.
If thats the case, why did the Times wait until just last night to confront the government with this information even though the Times dates the concerns of experts to recent weeks? One would think the Times heartfelt patriotism would have compelled the paper to bring its concerns to the government immediately rather than hold off until four days before an election.
Giggle. Read the Times story closely and youll hear yet another death rattle from the lumbering carcass of the mainstream media.
Maybe I'm nitpicking, or maybe I'm just one of those dumb vets that Kerry mentioned, but isn't it a "bi-annual" November surprise, as opposed to "semi-annual"?
Rush Limbaugh is saying that when the documents first appeared on the net, the democrats and the moonbat immediately doubted their authenticity.
It's just so typical of them. They demand something, get what they wanted, discount it as fake, hope it goes away, then cheer when it reappears because they've changed position.
A stopped calendar is right twice a year, of course.
Stupid Conservatives. They expect the news to actually report news for news' sake.. Idiots.
Well, the left also questioned the English translations of the documents.
Unless it crosses the event horizion of a black hole, in which case it could be right four times a year.
Wearing my tinfoil hat here: maybe the Grey Lady has read the tea leaves and switched sides so that it can still claim to be relevant by affecting the outcome of the election.
Nah--too sophisticated for them.
Captain Ed Morrissey has an excellent post on the subject:
(He has many embedded links to a lot of important information, so I'll just post the link in stead of the article). Well worth your exploration.
lol! That's REALLY funny!
Unfortunately, it's relatively simple to build a nuke. The tough part is finding enriched uranium.
Guess these college kids didn't go to Niger on spring break!
That's why the posting of the plans is not as catastrophic as it was made out to be. No, they shouldn't have been posted. But the Times has endorsed the view that these are a grand threat. It's the idea of Saddam's danger that's underlined.
Logic 101. Having these plans makes you a danger. Saddam had the plans. therefore he is a danger.
If it's so dangerous, Iraq should not have had these documents, and Pres. Bush did the right thing.
END of story.
The larger point of the NY Times story is that it showed Joe Wilson to be a friggen liar, and vindicated the Bush administration.
Since when does the NY Slimes have a problem with revealing (allegedly) sensitive information?
It's not a November Surprise....it's a ROVEmber Surprise.
LONDON, England -- Britain's Ministry of Defence has confirmed it has made public information describing in detail the make-up of a nuclear bomb.Thanks to Sturm Ruger for posting the link to the CNN article last night.
The plans give complete cross-sections, precise measurements and full details of materials used for all the components, including the plutonium core and the initiator that sets off the chain reaction causing the blast. [excerpt]
Has Carl Rove's magnificant mind control finally extended over the free-thinkers at the New York Times? Tune in next time...