Roger L. Simon

Some Even-Handedness from the WaPo

This coverage of the Al Qaqaa Scandal is an example of why the Washington Post is a much superior newspaper these days to the New York Times when it comes to the covering of events with political impact.

U.S. military commanders estimated last fall that Iraqi military sites contained 650,000 to 1 million tons of explosives, artillery shells, aviation bombs and other ammunition. The Bush administration cited official figures this week showing about 400,000 tons destroyed or in the process of being eliminated. That leaves the whereabouts of more than 250,000 tons unknown.

Against that background, this week’s assertions by Sen. John F. Kerry’s campaign about the few hundred tons said to have vanished from Iraq’s Qaqaa facility have struck some defense experts as exaggerated.

(hat tip Richard Schwartz)