Perilous Times

Perilous Times
Vol: 37 Issue: 26 Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Fresh evidence of the mainstream media’s effort to manipulate the presidential election by smearing the administration came to light when the New York Times broke an ‘exclusive’ detailing the administration’s failure to secure an arms depot in post-war Iraq.

Matt Drudge reported today that the NYTimes, together with ABC, CBS, MSNBC and CNN, worked together to make it the most high-profile story of the late-election campaign, with the highlight being the Bush administration’s failure to secure the arms depot and keep America safe.

The original story went something like this: During the initial phase of the liberation of Iraq, the administration failed to anticipate the wide-spread looting that followed the collapse of Saddam’s government.

During the post-war chaos, some 350 metric tons of high explosives — explosives so dangerous the International Atomic Inspection Agency had them under seal — were stolen from the unguarded weapons depot.

Within hours, John Kerry was hammering the administration for its failure to “guard those stockpiles.” Kerry seized the moment, using it as evidence of Bush’s incompetence in Iraq.

“This is one of the great blunders of Iraq, one of the great blunders of this administration.”

John Edwards went even further — eclipsing even his outrageous claim that voting for John Kerry would cure spinal cord injuries and Parkinson’s Disease.

“It is reckless and irresponsible to fail to protect and safeguard one of the largest weapons sites in the country. And by either ignoring these mistakes or being clueless about them, George Bush has failed. He has failed as our commander in chief; he has failed as president.”

And former press secretary and top Kerry advisor Joe Lockhart provided what may be the definitive example of ‘useful idiot-speak’, blustering;

“In a shameless attempt to cover up its failure to secure 380 tons of highly explosive material in Iraq, the White House is desperately flailing in an effort to escape blame. Instead of distorting John Kerry s words, the Bush campaign is now falsely and deliberately twisting the reports of journalists. It is the latest pathetic excuse from an administration that never admits a mistake, no matter how disastrous.”

Assessment:

The Times broke the story on Monday. Matt Drudge noted on his website that ABCNews mentioned the Iraq explosives depot at least 4 times, CBS 7, MSNBC managed to work it in thirty-seven times, while CNN topped the list, finding a way to mention it a whopping FIFTY times so far!

To be fair, ABC and CBS only have a half hour so they couldn’t hammer away at it the way 24 hour cable news outlets can.

And the effort was beginning to bear fruit. The White House was caught off-guard by the story and had no prepared response. CBS planned to air the story in a 60 Minutes piece just before Election day.

There was only one problem with the story. It wasn’t true. The most delicious irony of all is the source of the dissenting evidence. The depot was captured one day after the liberation of Iraq. Embedded with the troops that captured the al-Qaqaa arms depot was an NBC news crew.

And the explosives were ALREADY GONE when they got there.

This story originated with the International Atomic Energy Agency’s press release about the missing explosives. The last time the IAEA inspected the facility was January, 2002. It knew the explosives were missing when we secured it in April, 2003.

Why would it suddenly announce the missing explosives RIGHT NOW? The IAEA isn’t an American organization — it’s headed by an Egyptian and is overseen by the United Nations.

Answer? For the same reason Germany’s Der Speigel’s story, (published today) about al-Qaaqa was headlined; “A Culture of Cover-ups”.

Picking the story up from New York Times writer Paul Krugman, Der Speigel summarizes the story in its lead paragraph thusly; “The president’s officials have thrown a shroud of secrecy over any information that might let voters assess his performance in the war on terror.”

Germans will likely never hear NBC’s report. Neither will those reading Australia’s ABCNewsOnline.

It reported that, “European diplomats told the newspaper that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) cautioned the US about the danger of the explosives before the war, and after the invasion it specifically told US officials about the need to keep the them secured.”

Might this be a good time to repeat that the story is NOT TRUE? That the weapons were already gone when US forces, with the embedded news crew present, captured the depot? And, the IAEA already knew that when it released this week’s hoped-for October surprise. It was a deliberate lie designed to influence the US election by embarrassing the administration.

Not long ago, a British newspaper decided that this election is too important to be trusted to American voters alone. It obtained a voter roll for a county in Ohio and asked its readers to write the prospective voters and urge them to vote against Bush.

The United Nations has already expressed a preference for John Kerry over George Bush, as has most of Old Europe and especially, the Arab world. The world calls Bush ‘too inflexible’ but is careful to avoid admitting it prefers Kerry because they think he would be easier to bend.

America continues on its trip through the looking-glass, where no story is too inaccurate to report and no correction is important enough to mention, provided it favors the liberal left.

The left has promised to steal the election if it can’t win it. It has propagated lies designed to hurt the administration, even if those lies damage national security, international prestige, foreign policy, or even the troops in the field fighting and dying in ‘the wrong war at the wrong place at the wrong time’ in the process.

Far from merely dividing America, the Left has succeeded in dividing the world into two camps. In one camp, we find George Bush, Red State America, Israel and a handful of world leaders.

In the other, we find every dictatorship, Islamic regime, socialist state and globalist organization, allied with John Kerry and Blue State America.

It pretty much dovetails with the way the Bible divides up the world in the last days. Whether they succeed in conquering the Red States this time or not, the battle lines have been clearly drawn.

Paul describes the clash of opposing worldviews in the last days this way:

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. . .” (2nd Timothy 3:1-4)

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” (2nd Timothy 3:12-13)

Perilous times indeed!

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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