Wednesday, May 25, 2005

"How They Got It So Wrong"

The "they" being the media. Here we go again.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Wednesday Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld did not authorize the military to shoot down a small plane that prompted evacuations of Washington power centers on May 11.

The Washington Post, citing accounts given by federal officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, reported that Rumsfeld had given the military authority to take the action, if necessary, against the diminutive Cessna 150 that had wandered into restricted airspace over the Washington area.

Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman, said Rumsfeld gave no such authorization.

"The secretary was notified as soon as the situation developed. And he was available to make any necessary decisions with respect to this incursion. It never reached the point at which he had to make those kinds of decisions," Whitman told reporters.


Asked about The Post report that the plane was 15 to 20 seconds from being shot down, Whitman said, "I don't know how they got it so wrong."

Maybe the Pentagon peeps read AmericaBlog this morning, where Joe wondered if the knuckleheads thought the decision through:
So, it appears the newest threat we face in DC isn't terrorists. It's stupid pilots who give Rummy's guys a chance to test out their missiles over DC. If the missiles miss, where do they end up? And, if the plane is hit, where does the debris go? How far is the debris field?

Will the Post cave like Newsweek?


At 1:53 PM, Blogger Jeff Huber said...

Here's praying the NYT had its source ducks in a row.



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