Here we go again. The AP is reporting, “The White House on Friday played down a report in which U.N. weapons inspectors documented additional materials missing from weapons sites in Iraq.”
FLASHBACK: Recall that during the last week of the presidential campaign, a similar story on the front-page of the New York Times made a big splash when it reported that 380 tons of high-grade explosives had been stolen from a weapons complex in Iraq. The White House spin machine was quick to offer excuse after excuse to play down that report. But just mere days after the election was over, we learned the truth from the Los Angeles Times.
In the weeks after the fall of Baghdad, Iraqi looters loaded powerful explosives into pickup trucks and drove the material away from the Al Qaqaa ammunition site, according to a group of U.S. Army reservists and National Guardsmen who said they witnessed the looting.
Now is not the time for spin. The UN report suggests materials that could be used to make biological and chemical weapons are currently floating around Iraq. American soldiers’ lives are at stake. But rather than come clean with the information up front in an effort to address the real problem, the White House is returning to its games of political hide-and-seek.