NOTICE TO READERS: I am not necessarily offering this piece as reality. The plot is way too good for that. However, the way that The QaQaa Affair has played out would be explained by the scheme below as concocted by a super brain Lex Luthor/Karl Rove character. Enjoy.
Background: An Academy Award Movie
The Sting is about an elaborate con job that works marvelously — only to appear to go wrong at the end. But the apparent bad turn is the twist that allows the perps — Newman and Redford — to reap the proft from their sting. In our remake, Bush and Rove achieve success in somewhat similar fashion.
The Bush Dilemma
How about this for the 2004 plot. The Bush administration is in a quandry about getting a devastating October surprise anti-Kerry message out. For months, the administration has been sitting on its knowledge that a number of weapons, including WMD, left Iraq with the assistance of Russian troops just before the start of the war. They want to use this knowledge to discredit crititcs and the Kerry campaign, and to score a major public relations coup and October surprise. The administration’s problem: the Mainstream Media are totally in the tank for Kerry, and will bury the story as much as possible, while at the same time spinning the vastly important story as a mere political trick.
The only way to get the story to have the importance the administration wants is for the other side to hype some part of it so much — a national commerical by the Kerry campaign would be too much to dream for — that the New York Times, CBS, and other anti-Bush outlets would not be able to bury or spin it, since those outlets had started the original story and done so much to promote it themselves.
But how to make it happen?
A piece of informaion is dangled to Mainstream Media adversaries of the Bush administration, NYT and CBS, by a Kerry-friendly source such as Mohamed El Baradei of the United Nations IAEA agency. The information from El Baradei supports the contention that President Bush has mismanaged Iraq, and the information has its original source in an Iraqi ministry (Mr. Allawi is smiling perhaps? — after the slight given him by Senator Kerry). El Baradei, CBS, the NYT, no one can resist this story which could help bring Bush down, and elevate the Kerry-UN foreign policy axis.
CBS and the Times work the story together — the one-two punch of in-the-tank Kerry house organs, from Rathergate to dissing the SwiftBoatVets. The trivial story of 380 tons of missing explosives in a country of 600,000 tons of captured ordnance is hyped beyond all reason by the hysterial anti-Bush media, and yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus — Kerry even made a TV spot out of this zero story.
The Plot of “The Sting” Revealed
Russian special forces troops moved many of Saddam Hussein’s weapons and related goods out of Iraq and into Syria in the weeks before the March 2003 U.S. military operation, The Washington Times has learned.
John A. Shaw, the deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology security, said in an interview that he believes the Russian troops, working with Iraqi intelligence, “almost certainly” removed the high-explosive material that went missing from the Al-Qaqaa facility, south of Baghdad. ..
…Defense officials said the Russians can provide information on what happened to the Iraqi weapons and explosives that were transported out of the country. Officials believe the Russians also can explain what happened to Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programs.
“Officials believe the Russians also can explain what happened to Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programs.” Do the Mainstream Media dare not ask the question? All of them?
Things go very, very badly for the Mainstream Media at this point, and, unlike the original movie, they don’t escape their fate this time.
Fade to black, Scott Joplin in the background.