Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Spinning Top

Clifford May reckons there's some a-spinnin' goin' on:

SPIN CITY [Cliff May]
Arms Move to Syria 'Unlikely,' Report SaysThe Bush administration's senior weapons inspector said in a report that it was "unlikely" that Saddam Hussein's forces moved weapons to Syria.
- The New York Times April 26, 2005

CIA can't rule out WMD move to Syria “The CIA's chief weapons inspector said he cannot rule out the possibility that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction were secretly shipped to Syria before the March 2003 invasion, citing "sufficiently credible" evidence that WMDs may have been moved there.” - The Washington Times, April 27, 2005

Call me big ole Mr Obtuse, but it seems to me that if there's any spinning going on, its the WaTimes and not the NYT that's doing the spinning. Though I can't imagine that's what Clifford May is implying. Unless you take the stance that absent of concrete proof to the contrary, the weapons are in Syria - a position I consider unreasonable and untenable - you are sticking to it as a probable scenario, there is nothing whatsoever untoward in the NYT's headline. The Washington Times, however, plays up a possibility that is nontheless not a probability. It is of course possible that the weapons are in Syria. It's also possible that I'll wake up next week to find myself balls-deep in Jane Fonda. But that's not the way to bet.


Anonymous Mark said...

This is May's pipe dream. What the report says is the unofficial transfer of WMD-related material may have happened. Individual mileage will vary but what this means to me that lab employees were selling multi-use equipment as salvage

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