Damn, how Orwellian is this? The State Dept. puts out a report April 29th to Congress — “Patterns of Global Terrorism” — which paints a rosy picture of the War on Terror. Bush administration officials immediately hail it as objective proof that they are winning the war on terrorism. But then every scholar is studying the report and basically calling it a load of crap, so they have to revise the report. Los Angeles Times has the details in :
Several U.S. officials and terrorism experts familiar with that revision effort said the new report will show that the number of significant terrorist incidents increased last year, perhaps to its highest level in 20 years.
“It will change the numbers,” said one State Department official who declined to comment further or be identified by name. “The incidents will go up, but I don’t know by how many.”
So we go from the best case scenario and a major decline which prompts everyone to say we are winning, to a complete reversal and possibly the worst report on annual terrorism in the past 20 years. Give this 3 months and Republican talking-heads be slamming anyone who even mentions the report as “liberal” and “defeatist” when the flip side is that they were gearing up to shove this in everyone’s face as defacto proof that the War on Terror was a success and Bush has done a superb job. And that, folks, is not right.
[Los Angeles Times]