Who exactly does he mean by ourselves? Why I guess the Pentagon. After all, the government has to be responsible for something bad. If it can't be defiling holy books then it must be misleading the well meaning press.
"The big point that leaps out is the cultural one. Neither Newsweek nor the Pentagon foresaw that a reference to the desecration of the Quran was going to create the kind of response that it did.
"The Pentagon saw the item before it ran, and then they didn’t move us off it for 11 days afterward. They were as caught off guard by the furor as we were. We obviously blame ourselves for not understanding the potential ramifications."
And of course, the press holds the Pentagon in such high regard that they would believe whatever the military said and act accordingly.
Qoutes from NewsMax.