Link Number 2: Via Digby, via Atrios: Evidently the Pentagon relied on Chalabi's cronies to tell them that there wasn't squat at al Qaqaa. Ooops.
Link Number 3: Yet another embedded outfit (NWCN) confirms the KSTP story:
SEATTLE – Did explosives at Al-Qaqaa, a giant weapons storage area south of Baghdad, disappear before or after the fall of Iraq's capital city? Northwest Cable News anchor Dean Staley was an eyewitness to what was happening in that area at the time in question...
Bush maintains no one knows if the ammunition was taken before or after the fall of Baghdad on April 9, 2003, when coalition troops moved in to the area.
But on April 18, nine days after the fall of Baghdad, Staley and his photographer traveled with soldiers to an area said to be the Al-Qaqaa storage facilty.
"There's not another place that you would mistake it for," he said.
During that trip, members of the 101st Airborne Division showed Staley bunker after bunker of material labeled "explosives." It was all part of a massive military complex, left unguarded during this time.
Usually it took just the snap of a bolt cutter to remove locks and get into the bunkers, where Staley said he saw materials identified by the 101st as detonation cords.
According to Staley, inside the bunkers there were crate after crate, box after box of material marked "explosive."
Staley, his photographer and the troops also found stacks of unmarked bags of powder and barrels marked "explosive" with bags inside.
Some of the boxes had the words "Al-Qaqaa" printed on them.
Staley said once the doors to the bunkers were opened, they weren't secured – they were left open when the news crew and the military went back to their base.
And, finaly, the best of all, the Godiva chocolate truffle of 'em all:
Link Number 4: Drudge tried to position this as a "see we found out where the explosives went!!!!, but it turns out, that this was something else, and the reporters knew it. Here's how it played out on the Democratic Underground. Here's how it played out on "Free" Republic. And detailed notes here, before a transcript is available.
It looks like the Bush junta has screwed the pooch, defecated the bed, and now it's all over but the vote counting- which, of course is a big thing still.