I’ll take door number three for $87 billion

Time for another round of “Who do you trust: your government, or your government?” After last week’s debacle concerning Donald Rumsfeld’s supposed cluelessness (wherein he challenged press reports from one day prior indicating that he’d been left out of the loop on a key Condoleeza Rice-led development in the occupation of Iraq), we’ve got yet another instance of government spokespeople contradicting one another a day after the fact. From within the same agency, no less.
The gist of this (admittedly, smaller-scale) story:
On Monday, there were several press reports detailing that a U.S. Army commander had received numerous intelligence reports indicating that Saddam Hussein was likely hiding in or around his hometown of Tikrit in northern Iraq.
Tuesday afternoon? Turns out that was “inaccurate”.
We do not have intelligence that he is and has been specifically in Tikrit,” said Maj. Josslyn Aberle, spokeswoman for the 4th Infantry Division, which controls a large swathe of the country’s north. “Because if we did, we would have the capability to act on it.”
Phew! If there’s one thing I’d hate to lose (including civil liberties and/or other constitutional rights), it’s my confidence in the U.S. government’s ability to locate tyrannical despots, and then obliterate them with cannons, tanks, and rockets.