Where's the money, Lebowski? Bryan Bender at the Globe
wants you to think it went up in smoke. Kinda like the Globe's credibility with me. They're a wholly owned subsidiary of the New York Times. Don't forget they're the home of Mike Barnicle (who is now punditing for bottom of the barrel MSNBC, him and Ron Reagan both), the fake Abu Ghraib porn
, and longtime Kerry shill Michael Kranish
too. I think at this point it's pretty obvious they're part of the Kerry campaign…this WorldNetDaily piece
contains the following gobsmacker:
When James Sanders and I wrote First Strike: TWA Flight 800 and the Attack on America, we speculated that the timing of the Globe hit on Al Gore in September 2001 was not coincidental. What raised our suspicion was that Sen. John Kerry twice that month referred to TWA Flight 800 as a terrorist act, the first time on the "Larry King Show" on Sept. 11, the second time on "Hardball" with Chris Matthews on Sept. 24. I saw the latter. I have the transcripts for both. These were not slips of the tongue. The Globe hit fell in between.
The recent Kranish revelations greatly strengthen our case that the Globe reporters were working in conjunction with Kerry's people. Their inspiration, after all, had to come from somewhere. Kranish and Glen Johnson often team up on political articles. In a recent Washingtonian article, veteran observer Harry Jaffe singles out Kranish, Johnson and Robinson for "early campaign coverage awards." He cites Johnson for his work exposing Howard Dean, Robinson for his work revealing George Bush's National Guard record, and Kranish, more benignly, for his "seminal Kerry stories."
"After the events of Sept. 11," Sanders and I wrote in First Strike, "the story of how Al Gore helped subvert the investigation into TWA 800 and undermine airport security may yet prove to be a career-killer. Kerry's "slips" may put Gore out of the race even before he gets in."
In mid December 2002, right after he had made a powerful re-entry into the political scene, Gore "surprised" political analysts by dropping out of the presidential race. Advanced copies of our book hit Washington two weeks before.
I don't really believe our book put Gore out of the race. I am more inclined than ever to give that credit to Kerry and his friends at the Boston Globe. Scarier still, the Globe is wholly owned by the New York Times.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not shedding any tears for that sad sack, Al Gore. I'm just pointing out what a gang of biased hacks they are over at the Globe. Now that I've put their credibility to rest ("no fair citing our record!" I imagine them crying) let's have a look at Bryan Bender's piece.
About half of the roughly $5 billion in Iraq reconstruction funds disbursed by the US government in the first half of this year cannot be accounted for, according to an audit commissioned by the United Nations, which could not find records for numerous rebuilding projects and other payments.
Now that's interesting. Why in blazes is the UN
One chunk of the money -- $1.4 billion -- was deposited into a local bank by Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq but could be tracked no further: The auditors reported that they were shown a deposit slip but could find no additional records to explain how the money was used or to prove that it remains in the bank.
This I'm disturbed about. It may be the one nugget of genuine news in the story.
Hundreds of projects worth more than $100 million covered by the Commander's Emergency Response Program, designed to allow US military officers to quickly fund small reconstruction projects around the country, had either no contracts on file, no evidence that bids were obtained through competition, no purchase invoices, or no payment vouchers.
How shocking. You mean the program was run the way we already knew it was being run, with low paperwork and fast decisionmaking?
More after the jump...