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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 11/28/2011

State Department gets ahead of itself

Older folks often live in the past. Thirty-somethings tend to live in the present. Teenagers live in the future. The State Department, it seems, prefers not being bound by the continuum of time.

We were much chagrined last week to learn that we had missed Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman down in Mexico to deliver a brand-new Black Hawk helicopter to help the cops in their war on drugs.
A Black Hawk helicopter flies over a base in Colombia. (LUIS ROBAYO - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

On the other hand, the 2 p.m. Monday news release said she only “participated in the delivery,” so she probably wasn’t at the controls.

Then, four hours later, we got a second release that lifted our spirits. The first release “was issued prematurely,” it said. “The event described ... is scheduled for December 8 and the fact sheet will be reissued at that time,” we were told, though it’s unclear why there’s a need to reissue. Hard to imagine the facts would change.

Goes to show: It can be confusing living too far in the future.

By  |  11:00 AM ET, 11/28/2011

 
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