To hear the Bush administration tell it, they have been sitting on the report of the disappearance of hundreds of tons of explosives in Iraq for over a year and a half because, according to a senior administration official, "standard intelligence practice is not to let the enemy know such information."
Er, not to be unduly nit-picky here, but isn't the enemy the one who took the explosives in the first place? So presumably he already knows he has them. No, this attempt at spin simply won't wash. The real reason seems to have much more to do with election year politics. As November 2 draws closer, this revelation threatens to become a huge bombshell (no pun intended) for Bush's reelection bid.
The Peach has been gratified to see this matter treated with the importance we think it deserves by the SCLM (So-called Liberal Media). Many stories -- including on Fox News(!) -- have quoted the Kerry campaign's reaction -- that this is emblematic of Bush's profound incompetence -- without (for the moment) needing to provide a "balancing" counterclaim by the Bush camp. We hope, but don't really expect, that they are just plain recognizing the truth when they hear it this time around. It will be interesting to see how this story spins in days to come.