US Sniper Commits Crime of the Century—

The horror!
Thank goodness we have a responsible media that reports on the atrocities committed in Iraq by our American men and women in uniform!
Now the jihadists will be able to behead, torch, stone and rampage guilt free for several months.

(Warning: What you are about to read may be very upsetting)
A US sniper used the Holy Quran for target practice.
CNN leads the charge against the military:

A soldier used the Quran — Islam’s holy book — for target practice, forcing the chief U.S. commander in Baghdad to issue a formal apology on Saturday.

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Hammond, commander of U.S. forces in Baghdad, flanked by leaders from Radhwaniya in the western outskirts of Baghdad, apologized for the staff sergeant who was a sniper section leader assigned to the headquarters of the 64th Armored Regiment. He also read a letter of apology by the shooter.

It was the first time the incident — which tested the relationship between U.S.-backed Sunni militiamen and the military — was made public since it was discovered May 11.

“I come before you here seeking your forgiveness,” Hammond said to tribal leaders and others at the apology ceremony. “In the most humble manner I look in your eyes today and I say please forgive me and my soldiers.” Watch villagers protest the Quran incident »

Another military official kissed a Quran and presented it as “a humble gift” to the tribal leaders.

The soldier, whose name was not released, shot at a Quran on May 9, villagers said. The Quran used in the incident was discovered two days later, according to the military.

Was it really in the best interest of this country… or Iraq… or the Middle East… to report this incident?
It looks like the US military handled the incident just fine.
Just what was CNN trying to accomplish by reporting on this?

Once again… It really makes you wonder which side they are on.

UPDATE: JWF notes the predictable reaction at Daily Kos:
Worse than Abu Ghraib

I wasn’t one of those people like Teddy Kennedy who suffered a meltdown over Abu Ghraib.
But, the reaction to this is a bit of a stretch– Even for a radical Leftist writing at the Daily Kos.

More… Reuters is having a hay day with the story.

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