Wolf, if you're reading this, send me a direct link.
The military says it was originally a training operation and the photo-op was tacked on. The "hours would have been flown anyway and simply chalked up to a different mission," they say.
Hard to argue with that. NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg, with a wry look, said the administration has apologized. "Ok. Now is the time to go on," Bloomberg said.
Says my buddy Mike Donila: "I hope that was stimulus money they were using."
From the comments: Keich provides this link to a CBS story:
Federal officials knew that sending two fighter jets and a 747 from the presidential fleet to buzz ground zero and Lady Liberty might set off nightmarish fears of a 9/11 replay, but they still ordered the photo-op kept secret from the public.Does that make them less stupid, or more?