We’ve been in Afghanistan for 10, very long years. It’s becoming more and more obvious that we’re no longer WANTED in Afghanistan, as attacks on Americans and other NATO troops by Afghani troops have been on the increase. After 10 years of American troops on the ground, we are viewed more as occupiers, than as liberators from the Taliban. Then comes the recent incident where Korans were (unintentionally) destroyed at a U.S. military base, and all hell breaks loose.
At this stage, it’s difficult to see what the end game might be in Afghanistan, or what we might have gained for the 10+ years of effort. But whatever benefits we may have gotten from the Afghanistan war may go out the window in less than a week, given the pure outrage from Afghanis over the Koran incident. President Obama RIGHTFULLY issued a formal apology to Hamid Karzai and the Afghani people. It was the right move both from a practical standpoint (trying to calm the furor over the incident), and from a standpoint of showing respect to the Afghani people and their primary religion. Not only the right thing to do, but a no-brainer.
But then along comes Newt Gingrich, NEVER one to pass up an opportunity to make a complete ass of himself. He’s expressing “outrage” over Obama’s apology, saying that these are people “who do not deserve an apology from the President of the United States, period!!!”
Just the kind of pathetic pandering CRAP that appeals to the red-neck component of the Republican conservative base. And just the kind of completely irresponsible statement that gives you a shiver up your spine, thinking a complete buffoon like Newt Gingrich actually has some SUPPORT in this country. Can you imagine a foreign policy under Gingrich? It would make George Bush’s utter disregard for international opinion look tame in comparison. Gingrich and his immense ego seems to often extend into a VERY distorted “America First” view of the world, where the rest of the world is simply present to do our bidding.
Can you imagine the outrage from Newt, or American “Christians”, if the situation were reversed? What if we had found that Afghanis were burning Bibles? Don’t you think there’d be just a WEE bit of outrage? Don’t you think some kind of apology would be warranted?
You’re an egotistical, disgusting pig of a man, Newt….on SO many fronts. Thanks for not letting me down on this issue Newt. I saw this morning that Obama had issued a formal apology, and I immediately thought to myself “Which GOP candidate will be the first to bash Obama for apologizing to (GASP!) Muslims?”.
Thanks Newt, for not letting me down! I should have KNOWN you would have been the first GOP blowhard to make an issue of the Obama apology.