October 26, 2004: Iraq, Rehnquist May Be ‘October Surprises’ (AP)

  • White House communications director Dan Bartlett said the missing weapons story was no last-minute surprise, having been reported earlier this month — although without the graphic details of the new report. Moreover, he said, “The American people are well informed about the issue about Iraq and the fierce battles that are taking place there.” He said the deaths of the Iraqi recruits were “dramatic” and “catastrophic” but would have a much greater impact if they had been Americans.