Monday, June 14, 2004

Cooking With Colin

From the AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — A State Department report that incorrectly showed a decline last year in terrorism worldwide was a “big mistake,” Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday. “Very embarrassing. I am not a happy camper over this. We were wrong,” the secretary told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Powell said he was working with the CIA, which helped to compile the data, to determine why the errors got into the report. He said he planned a meeting on the issue Monday and that the intelligence agency was working through the weekend in preparation.

“I’m not saying it is responsible until I sit down with all of the individuals who had something to do with this report: CIA, my department, members of my department, other agencies that contributed to it,” Powell said.

“It’s a numbers error. It’s not a political judgment that said, `Let’s see if we can cook the books.’ We can’t get away with that now. Nobody was out to cook the books. Errors crept in,” he told ABC’s “This Week.” He pledged to release a corrected report as quickly as possible.

“We can’t get way with that now,” eh? Like you were getting away with it before? Just what were you getting away with?

[Update: I swear I didn’t see NTodd’s post before I wrote this one. Yet another case of GMTA.]