Christmas incident was "screw up" - Obama said

WASHINGTON Tue Jan 5, 2010 5:59pm EST

WASHINGTON Jan 5 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama told his security chiefs on Tuesday that the botched Christmas Day plane bombing was the result of a screw up by U.S. intelligence and that the country had barely dodged disaster, according to a quotation released by the White House.

"This was a screw up that could have been disastrous," the president said during a meeting in the White House situation room, according to the White House media office. "We dodged a bullet but just barely. It was averted by brave individuals not because the system worked and that is not acceptable. While there will be a tendency for finger pointing, I will not tolerate it."

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, editing by Bill Trott)

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Lola78 wrote:
Ummm,wasn’t that just finger pointing or does the Intelligence service not count?

Jan 05, 2010 6:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
It’s always someone else acting stupidly or a screwing up. For someone who will not tolerate “finger pointing” Obama certainly does a lot of it.

Jan 05, 2010 6:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DaleW wrote:
Yeah, no finger pointing (identifying specifics), just a good ol’ generic `this was a screw up’. That makes it soundon a par with somebody booking the wrong room at a Waikiki resort for him.

Jan 05, 2010 6:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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