The Pentagon is outraged that Newsweek would suggest that the military is desecrating Korans of Muslim detainees without definitive proof. Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita, however, apparently has no problem floating allegations that detainees are desecrating their own Korans based on an uncorroborated, anonymous source. From today’s Pentagon press briefing:
DIRITA: We’ve found nothing that would substantiate anything that you just said about the treatment of a Koran. We have, other than what we’ve seen — that it’s possible detainees themselves have done with pages of the Koran. And I don’t want to overstate that, either, because it’s based on log entries that have to be corroborated.
Sounds like DiRita is well on his way to repairing relations with the Arab world.