Sunday, May 15, 2005

Newsweek Slanders US Soldiers, Causes Deaths

I was done for the day until I saw this. Dan Rather would be proud. But even Dan didn’t get anyone killed!


Newsweek backs off Quran desecration story

Newsweek magazine backed away Sunday from a report that U.S. interrogators desecrated copies of the Quran

At least 15 people were killed and dozens injured last week

"But we regret that we got any part of our story wrong, and extend our sympathies to victims of the violence and to the U.S. soldiers caught in its midst."

Aww shucks, forgive and forget right? Not a chance! Newsweek is unbelievable. I had been keeping quiet on this all week. It gave me that same pit in my stomach that the Abu Gharab photos gave me. Here I thought that some boot private soldiers had screwed up again and the Liberal Press/Islamist alliance would once again ban together to make it into the scandal of the year.

Well good job Newsweek. You caused casualties, inserted yourself into the War, and gave our enemies some nice propaganda material. It doesn’t matter if you made it up. Al Jazeera and their ilk don’t care if it’s actually true or not.

On Friday, Newsweek said, DiRita phoned the magazine and said that investigators found no incidents involving Quran desecration.

A day later, Isikoff reached his source again, who said that although he remembered reading investigative reports about desecration of the Quran, including a toilet incident, "he could no longer be sure that these concerns had surfaced in the [Southern Command] report."

DiRita "exploded" when Newsweek informed him that one of the original sources behind the report had partially backed off the story, the magazine said.

"People are dead because of what this son of a bitch said," DiRita told Newsweek, according to the magazine's report. "How could he be credible now?"

I will never, ever buy another copy of Newsweek in my life. Our soldiers have a very difficult task in Afghanistan and Iraq. They don’t need their own media working against them with unfounded ‘gotcha’ stories. It takes months, years, to build up good will in these places and Newsweek was able to flush all of that effort with one slanderous story. There better be Hell to pay over there. Actions such as these warrant more than a couple of firings.

U.S. military officials said such claims are standard terrorist tactics.

"If you read the al Qaeda training manual, they are trained to make allegations against the infidels," Army Col. Brad Blackner told Newsweek.

Is it in the ‘How to Slander Your Own Country’ manual as well? Here is Newsweeks admission. I hope it is the last Newsweek article you ever read.

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