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CNN: WH Denies Bush Apologized For Quran

From those great patriots at CNN:

White House denies Bush apology over Quran

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s office said Tuesday that President Bush apologized for a U.S. soldier shooting at a Quran, but the White House later said Bush expressed “deep concern” and stopped short of apologizing. 

National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said the president spoke to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Monday in one of their scheduled video teleconferences, which occur every week or two.

“President Bush expressed his deep concern over the incident and told Prime Minister [al-Maliki] that the soldier has been reprimanded by his commanders and removed from Iraq,” Johndroe said.

However, al-Maliki’s office said Bush issued an apology on behalf of the United States and “promised to present the soldier to the courts.” The office said Bush apologized in a call to al-Maliki on Tuesday morning…

Reports of the Quran desecration have enraged Muslims in Iraq and elsewhere around the world

Pictures of the Quran show multiple bullet holes and an expletive scrawled on one of its pages.

Officials said the soldier asserted he wasn’t aware the book was the Quran, but U.S. officials rejected the claim…  

Many Iraqi leaders said the apology alone would not suffice

On Monday, the Iraqi Islamic Party, the movement of Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, condemned what it said was a “blatant assault on the sanctities of Muslims all over the world.”

The party said it reacted to the news “with deep resentment and indignation” and wants the “severest of punishments” for the action.

“What truly concerns us is the repetition of these crimes that have happened in the past when mosques were destroyed and pages of the holy Quran were torn and used for disgraceful acts by U.S. soldiers,” al-Hashimi said.

“I have asked that first this apology be officially documented; second a guarantee from the U.S. military to inflict the maximum possible punishment on this soldier so it would be a deterrent for the rest of the soldiers in the future.”

Actually, there is nothing in this article to justify the headline. There is no quote from the White House denying that President Bush apologized.

But of course CNN and the rest of the media want to keep fanning this story in the hopes that it will drive a wedge between the US and the tribal forces on the ground in Iraq.

They are desperate to do anything they can to protect and preserve their terrorist allies.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 20th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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