On Thursday the State Department told Americans in Saudi Arabia to get the heck out of Dodge:
The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens to defer travel to Saudi Arabia. Private American citizens currently in Saudi Arabia are strongly urged to depart. On April 14, 2004, due to security concerns, the Department of State ordered the departure of family members and non-emergency employees of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Saudi Arabia.
Then on Saturday we got this:
Secretary of State Colin Powell says terrorists would earn a victory if American workers leave Saudi Arabia in response to a spate of terrorist attacks, including the murder of hostage Paul Johnson.
“If they leave, then the terrorists have won,” Powell said, shortly after Islamic militants beheaded Johnson, who worked on Apache attack helicopter systems for Lockheed Martin.
“I don’t think either the Saudis, the Americans, or these brave folks who work in Saudi Arabia want the terrorists to win,” Powell said.
Uh, which is it?
Hat tip: James Taranto at OpinionJournal