A video posted Tuesday on an Islamic militant Web site appeared to show a group affiliated with al-Qaida beheading an American in Iraq, saying the death was revenge for the prisoner-abuse scandal.
“Blowback” is the unintended consequences of behavior, the phrase was first used in World War I to describe troops launching poison gas at the enemy, only to have it drift back on them when the wind shifted.
Update: His beheaded body has been found near a bridge. This is no hoax.
“Berg’s body was found with his hands behind his back and beheaded,” said another U.S. official who declined to be identified. “The body was found along a roadside by a U.S. military patrol.”