Jumping the gun with a knife
On the other hand, the mistake may in fact have been overzealousness. It is not a secret that a USAID researcher and technical advisor was in Swaziland a few months ago, 'aggressively pushing news' among Swazi doctors of the recent South Africa study linking circumcision and reduced HIV transmission risk. It is also not a secret that doctors working at FLAS perform circumcisions: it's in the papers, and besides, FLAS doctors gave a refresher course in circumcision earlier this year, supported by USAID money. And it is not hard to find news reports that explicitly link USAID, FLAS and the performance of circumcisions either: try this one from the March 1st Swazi Observer. So the statement from USAID that it had only recently learned of the program sounds a bit farfetched. Perhaps this is why the New York Times piece is entitled, "Swaziland: U.S. Circumcision Funds Termed an Error."
(Thanks to Joseph Lee)