Sunday, April 17, 2005
The Peter Principle
A funny from The Seattle Times :
" WASHINGTON -- The State Department decided to stop publishing an annual report on international terrorism after the government's top terrorism center concluded that there were more terrorist attacks in 2004 than in any year since 1985, the first year the publication covered.
Several U.S. officials defended the decision, saying the methodology used by the National Counterterrorism Center to generate statistics had flaws, such as the inclusion of incidents that may not have been terrorism.
But other current and former officials charged that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's office ordered the report, "Patterns of Global Terrorism," eliminated weeks ago because the 2004 statistics raised disturbing questions about the Bush's administration's frequent claims of progress in the war against terrorism.
"Instead of dealing with the facts and dealing with them in an intelligent fashion, they try to hide their facts from the American public," charged Larry Johnson, a former CIA analyst and State Department terrorism expert who first disclosed the decision to eliminate the report in The Counterterrorism Blog, an online journal.
A senior State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, confirmed that the publication was eliminated, but said the allegation that it was done for political reasons was "categorically untrue."
Well, Laurence J. Peter states that one of the rules of the incompetent was "study the problem long enough, and the problem will disappear". His example was famine relief, stating that if you study a need for famine relief long enough, the problem will disappear because those affected by the famine will disappear!
And hey, if you get rid of an inconvenient report on terrorism, the terrorism will disappear. The Bush Administration: Getting Red of 'Inconvenience' Since 2001!
posted by Green Voicemail 4/17/2005 02:41:00 PM