May 18, 2005
READER BRUCE GERYK points out this buried lede from Anne Applebaum:
It is also possible that Newsweek reporters relied too much on an uncertain source, or that the magazine confused the story with (confirmed) reports that prisoners themselves used Korans to block toilets as a form of protest.
I had missed those confirmed reports, but heads should roll at the Pentagon for this.
Not because it happened, but because we didn't make it a big story across the Arab media. That's unforgivable.
UPDATE: Applebaum is criticized, here.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Tom Maguire has more questions for Applebaum.