Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Did Kerry Reveal in Debates Foreknowledge of New York Times/CBS Story?

On Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh noted that, in the second debate, John Kerry seemed to reveal that he had advance knowledge of the story broken (in at least two senses of 'broken') on Monday by the New York Times:
KERRY: You rely on good military people to execute the military component of the strategy. But winning the peace is larger than just the military component. General Shinseki had the wisdom to say you're going to need several hundred thousand troops to win the peace. The military's job is to win the war. The president's job is to win the peace. The president did not do what was necessary, didn't bring in enough nations, didn't deliver the help, didn't close off the borders, didn't even guard the ammo dumps. And now our kids are being killed with ammos right out of that dump.

RUSH: What dump, senator? What did you know back on October the 8th that the New York Times didn't report until October 25th? What ammo dump are you talking about, senator? Are you talking about the ammo dump that had no ammo in it that the New York Times made a big story of yesterday that's totally false and fraudulent? How did you know about this, senator, if that's the ammo dump you're talking about? The ammo dump with no weapons in it that therefore could be killing none of our troops? Which ammo dump are you talking about?

Acknowledgements to Steve W, for posting this on Free Republic.

In the discussion of that posting, a comment is posted by "cgk" noting that Kerry also made this remark in the first debate on September 30:

That's exactly where we find ourselves today. There's a sense of American occupation. The only building that was guarded when the troops when into Baghdad was the oil ministry. We didn't guard the nuclear facilities.
Later in the first debate, Kerry returned to this (then puzzling) topic of our not guarding nuclear facilities:
When you guard the Oil Ministry but you don't guard the nuclear facilities, the message to a lot of people is maybe, `Wow, maybe they're interested in our oil.' Now, the problem is that they didn't think these things through properly, and these are the things you have to think through.
The late hit by the mainstream media is now looking like a coordinated attack.

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