The White House is directly contradicting Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki who told Iraqis that President George Bush had apologized for the use of the Quran for target practice. While the distinction may be lost on many between “deep concern” and an “apology,” it will not likely be lost on the Iraqis who are likely to see the distinction as an added insult.
An American staff sergeant and sniper team leader caused the uproar, click — a sniper section leader — used a Quran for target practice earlier this month, click here.
The Iraqis are clearly not familiar with the Bush Administration’s new guideline for post-atrocity responses.
The official grades of responses are as follows:
Torture programs with dog leashes and humiliation — denial followed by prosecution — Expression of REGRET
Invasion of a country based on false intelligence — denial followed by new rationale — Expression of FRUSTRATION
Use of Holy Book for target practice — prosecution — Expression of CONCERN
Loss of thousands of lives in unpopular war — give up golf — Expression of SOLIDARITY
Unlawful surveillance program — denial followed by strident defense — Expression of PRIDE
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