Friday, May 20, 2005

Sometimes "Wanker" just doesn't do it

Richard Boucher earlier this week, in the wake of Newsweek's el foldo over Korangate (Flushgate?):
The White House called the retraction a good first step, but expressed doubt that it would undo the considerable damage that has been inflicted on U.S. credibility throughout the Muslim world.

"This report has had serious consequences," said White House press secretary Scott McClellan. "It has caused damage to the image of the United States abroad. People have lost their lives." Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher added: "It's appalling, really, that an article that was unfounded to begin with has caused so much harm, including loss of life."

Richard Boucher yesterday, after the International Red Cross reported that U.S. interrogators at Gitmo did indeed abuse the Koran, and that the administration was well aware of it:
Spokesman Richard Boucher acknowledged on Thursday that the ICRC had warned the US State Department of the allegations, and that the Pentagon had responded to the warnings in 2003 by issuing strict guidelines on the treatment of the Muslim holy book by US military personnel, CNN reported. But ICRC spokesman Simon Schorno said the allegations had continued after the issuing of the guidelines.



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