Thursday, June 22, 2006

Let's All Take a Deep Breath

You've probably heard the news (that is, unless you get your news from CNN, NBC, MSNBC, ABC or CBS):

US-led coalition forces in Iraq have found some 500 chemical weapons since the March 2003 invasion, Republican lawmakers said, citing an intelligence report.

"Since 2003, Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent," said an overview of the report unveiled by Senator Rick Santorum and Peter Hoekstra, head of the intelligence committee of the House of Representatives.

"Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq's pre-Gulf war chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf war chemical munitions are assessed to still exist," it says.

Well, that's the part that rightie bloggers will concentrate on. Lefties will home in on this part of the story with a laser-beam focus:

A Pentagon official who confirmed the findings said that all the weapons were pre-1991 vintage munitions "in such a degraded state they couldn't be used for what they are designed for."

The official, who asked not to be identified, said most were 155 millimeter artillery projectiles with mustard gas or sarin of varying degrees of potency.

The probable reaction to this story from the right will be along the lines of "Ha ha! VINDICATION!!! Your 'Bush lied' trope has just evaporated! Your party is DEAD! Enjoy your new third party status you moonbat idiots! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!"

On the other side of the spectrum, you will see (or, probably, already have seen) lefty bloggers suddenly turn into chemical weapons experts and dismiss this as a campaign scheme:

"Get over yourselves you dumbass wingnuts! Blah blah blah blah! Those chemicals are so old and degraded that you probably wouldn't even get a stomach ache if you drank them. Blah blah blah blah blah. *picking nose* Blah blah blah. Me smart, you stupid. Blah blah blah. *picking nose again* etc..."

What I am focusing on is this:

"We are working on the declassification of the report. We are going to do a thorough search of what additional reports exist in the intelligence community. And we are going to put additional pressure on the Department of Defense and the folks in Iraq to more fully pursue a complete investigation of what existed in Iraq before the war," Hoekstra said.

So this isn't yet the whole story? Doesn't sound like it.

I assure you: if there is more, the recriminations coming from this blog will be swift, relentless and merciless.

(Oh, please let there be more.)

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