VinoVelo

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Way to pass the buck...

The White House is pressing Newsweek to go beyond a retraction and "help repair the damage" to the image of the United States in the Muslim world after the magazine mistakenly reported that a Pentagon investigation had found that interrogators at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, tried to flush a Koran down a toilet. Scott McLelland talks about the "serious consequences" and "lasting damage" from the magazine's report.

First of all, there is now an inquiry into the accuracy of the report so why call it mistaken. Secondly for the administration to point the finger smacks of the highest form of hypocricy. A war justified by false intelligence data which has led to more than 20,000 civilian deaths at a conservative count, and advice such as “Change the channel” from Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt's to Iraqis who see TV images of civilians killed by "coalition" troops has done way more than an unsubstantiated report about one form of abuse at Guantanamo to foster anti-American sentiment.