The actions taken by this President regarding the Koran burning incident – a procedure which is perfectly legal in Islamic law for handling Korans that have been desecrated with extremist messages, and I might add, the same exact manner in which the U.S. military destroyed Bibles that were being used by terrorists to convey extremist messages – is nothing short of disgraceful. Instead of investigating the procedures in-house, the President made a public spectacle of the incident, issuing a groveling apology to Afghan President, Hamid Karzai.
What did the President get for his apology? Over a dozen deaths at the hands of rioters.
Worse, the President is unwilling to demand an apology from the same President Karzai for the deaths of multiple American soldiers.
From Beltway Confidential:
President Obama’s spokesman yesterday praised Afghan President Karzai for his response to the ongoing protests, which have resulted in the deaths of multiple American soldiers, but would not say if Obama believes Karzai should apologize for the soldiers’ deaths…
(Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh) Earnest had been asked if “the President [is] seeking an apology from President Karzai for the fact that U.S. service personnel were killed” during protests over the inadvertent burning of Korans at Bagram Air Force Base. Two soldiers were killed at Bagram by a person in an Afghan military uniform. Two other American officers were killed in Kabul, the Afghan capital. “Local media reports said the gunman was an Afghan policeman but this has not been confirmed,” the BBC reports…
“There is no doubt that we’re working through a difficult situation there,” Earnest added in answering the question about asking for an apology from Karzai. “But we are going to stay on track of accomplishing our goal and continuing to make the significant progress that we have made in ensuring that Afghanistan cannot be a safe haven for al Qaeda or other violent extremists.”
Two opportunities to demand an apology fall by the wayside. But it doesn’t stop there. Earnest informs everybody that President Obama is actually happy with Karzai’s efforts:
“The President is certainly gratified that President Karzai has appealed for calm in Afghanistan, as we work through what is a very challenging situation.”
Gratified? When American men and women are dying in spite of, and maybe actually having been encouraged by, Obama’s apology?
This is nothing short of disgraceful. Expected, yet disgraceful.
President Obama is the man under which the phrase “courageous restraint” was ushered in. Courageous restraint as you may recall is a medal which is awarded to U.S. troops for not firing on their battlefield enemies. It is the model under which Obama’s foreign policy operates – courageous restraint.
Is it not time our country had a President whose platform is one of ‘courageous aggression’, holding accountable those who encourage the killing of our troops through silence, and punishing those who would harbor such terrorists? Our men and women need to know their President will stand up and demand action against those who seek to kill them at the hands of a false Koran-burning rage.
We need a Commander-in-Chief, not an Apologizer-in-Chief.
We need a courageous President, not a restrained one.