Drezner makes an interesting point:

Let me put this more bluntly: assume that the Newsweek goof was of the maximal variety — i.e., despite Gitmo prisoner claims, it turns out that no Qu’ran was ever flushed down any toilet. Should it nevertheless be considered a major foreign policy problem that this report triggered significant protests in Afghanistan, a populace with good reasons to support the United States? In today’s New York Times, David Brooks is right to point out the blogosphere’s misplaced foci, and suggests that “radical clerics in Afghanistan” used the story to trigger outrage. What bothers me is that it was too damn easy for the clerics to whip up anti-American sentiment.

No comment. Just acknowledgement.