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January 25, 2010

Petraeus calls gunscope inscriptions ‘disturbing’ 
IRAQ “This is a big concern to the Army and the Marine Corps, who have contracted for these particular sites,” said Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command, noting the religious sensitivities American forces face in the two Muslim countries. 

There is no such thing as a “site” on a rifle. To the uninformed journalist, the homophones “site” and “sight” are the same. To an intelligent person, a “sight” is a device on a rifle that is used for aiming purposes.

I am sure that Reuters has some sort of journalistic integrity and will clear up the mistake.


Don’t editors check for usage errors? “Sites” are places, not items for aiming rifles, namely “sights.”


A number of readers caught this one. Of course we corrected: GBU Editor

    General David Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command, points at reporters as he answers their questions during a news conference at Camp Victory in Baghdad January 1, 2010. REUTERS/Saad Shalash

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