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"It's puzzling that while Newsweek now acknowledges that they got the facts wrong, they refused to retract the story," White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters. "I think there's a certain journalistic standard that should be met and in this instance it was not."

"The report has had serious consequences," he said. "People have lost their lives. The image of the United States abroad has been damaged."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/16/AR2005051600443.html

An ironic statement from this Administration, one that took years to admit it got its facts wrong regarding WMDs -- a mistake that has cost tens of thousands of lives and counting.

I think there's a certain intelligence standard that should have been met, and in this instance it was not, the results of which had serious consequences and people lost their lives.

Oh, yeah - the image of the United States abroad was damaged pretty badly, too.

Interesting double-standard from my point-of-view.

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