President Obama Should Not Be Criticized For His Apology For The Accidental Burning Of The Korans...
President Obama Should Not Be Criticized For Apologizing For The Accidental Burning of The Korans…
Apparently, sometime last week, American soldiers in the Afghan war theatre, inadvertently burned Korans - for some reason said burning was made public, resulting in the killing of American soldiers and the daily, violent convocations we are witnessing in the streets by Afghanis. It is unseemly for the Republicans on the Presidential campaign trail to try to make ‘political hay’ out of President Obama’s apology to the Afghanis for the accidental burning of their holy book. Perhaps, I am biased because I am an ex GI why I appreciated the President's apology… knowing that if one soldier’s life is saved that the President’s intercession was worth it. It is true that Secretary-of-State Clinton is our official chief diplomat, but the President has the most ‘juice’ in this respect and especially since he is the boss of bosses. I am almost certain that President Obama does not really want to apologize for the accidental burnings of the Korans... but he is thinking of the soldiers and their welfare, and, perhaps, moreover, for America’s foreign policy in that volatile quadrant.
The criticism of the President, on this particular issue, is the reason why so many of the voting public are turned off from the political process… and let me be objective, the President and his party are more cynical in this respect generally than the Republicans, but on this issue of the apology, President Obama is in the right. What the Republicans that are vying for the Presidency are implying is that President Obama is weak on his dealing with terrorism – who in his or her right mind, unless he or she is rabidly partisan, can deny that President Obama has been lethal against the Jihadists. It is true that the President adopted the tactics of the Bush/Cheney posture… and perhaps the President does not give due ‘props’ to his predecessor, but we cannot honestly gainsay what President Obama has done in the decimation of the terrorists. It is the nature of politics that gains and successes are yours if they occur under your watch and no one can deny that President Obama prosecuted the demise of the two top terrorist masterminds, Bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki.
Once again, I am no fan of President Obama, but the criticism he is taking on the campaign trail on this particular issue rings hallow and is unwarranted in my humble opinion. On this issue, it is a testament of what leadership is about and the President should be commended for what he is doing, which is to save lives. Gingrich, Santorum, Romney, and Ron Paul are aware or should be aware that the Taliban is going to fan the flames on this incendiary issue and these would-be presidential candidates should come out and say that they understand what the President is doing when he issued the apology - after all, there are plenty of issues for political fodder out there to criticize President Obama over, but this is not one of them. I am reminded that it was in Afghanistan, a few weeks ago, when a husband murdered his wife for giving birth to a daughter instead of the son he was hoping for… this is how easy it is for some to be easily influenced by perversions and the like.
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