UPDATE: 380gate is crumbling

You start picking at a thread. Next thing you know, you’re standing there in your underwear.

As I’ve said, militarily-wise, these explosives aren’t all that significant.

Even if they were, it’s pretty hard to blame Bush personally or the plan in general if they were looted.

The troubling issues for me are (in no particular order)

  • That CBS wanted to run this as a Sunday night “October Surprise” on 60 MINUTES to specifically alter the outcome of the election. They have lost any little shred of credibility that they might have had left after Memogate.
  • The UN was obviously trying to directly affect an American election by leaking the story. They can’t do a damn thing about Iraqi leadership or North Korean leadership or Sudanese leadership, but dear God get that Texan out of the White House.
  • The Russians might be covering their own tracks by helping Saddam get rid of WMD evidence. This has been a long-suspected theory, but if Bush’s October Surprise is absolute proof of Russian wrong-doing AND IT HOLDS UP, the length of this war was just extended by ten years. I don’t think I’m exaggerating.

Oh, and those 380 tons? It was maybe only 3 tons.

If this turns out to be true it is the end of UN weapons inspections world-wide until major major major changes are made.

Paul at Wizbang has a semi-crackpot theory about UN duplicity in this matter. I remain skeptical. But I’m watching.

I’m patiently waiting for more info on the Russian moving trucks and the UN lies before passing judgment. But my gut tells me that at least one of the two charges has to be true.

Honestly, I hope I’m wrong.