Bush did bring up the matter a few minutes later, in a speech in Lititz, Pa.
“Now the senator is making wild charges about missing explosives when his top foreign policy adviser admits, quote, ‘we do not know the facts.”‘ Bush said. “Think about that the senator’s denigrating the action of our troops and commanders in the field without knowing the facts. Unfortunately, that’s part of a pattern of saying almost anything to get elected.”
Here’s what Holbrooke actually said:
AMBASSADOR RICHARD HOLBROOKE, KERRY FOREIGN POLICY ADVISER: I just read the NBC story while sitting in your green room and that’s not what I read it saying.
The embedded reporter said that when she and the unit went through, they didn’t look very hard and then they moved on, and she didn’t see anything, and that was three weeks later.
You and I don’t know what happened. We do know one thing: the U.N. inspectors and the IAEA inspectors had told the American military this was a major depot.
Everyone knew it was, and it wasn’t clarified. Now the thing has been looted. I don’t know what happened. I do know one thing: in most administrations, the buck stops in the Oval Office.
And when I read in the newspapers this morning that the White House Press Spokesman Scott McClellan says President Bush was only aware of this issue 10 days ago, I’m a little troubled by that.
And here’s what Bush has to say to, you know, reality:
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