After Newsweek apologized and retracted its story on Koran desecration, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the magazine need to go even father to make amends for their transgression:
Q Scott, you said that the retraction by Newsweek magazine of its story is a good first step. What else does the President want this American magazine to do?
MCCLELLAN: The image of the United States abroad has been damaged; there is lasting damage to our image because of this report. And we would encourage Newsweek to do all that they can to help repair the damage that has been done, particularly in the region.
Yesterday, it was revealed that guards and interrogators at Guantanamo Bay had, in fact, intentionally desecrated the Korans of several Muslim detainees. Here was Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita’s reaction:
Q Mr. DiRita, as the Department of Defense, are you going to present your apologies to the Arab world?
MR. DIRITA: For what?