Hillary: These Republicans are inflaming the situation in Afghanistan by criticizing Obama for apologizing

posted at 9:28 pm on February 27, 2012 by Allahpundit

I can see why she’s “somewhat troubled.” If there’s one thing the Democratic Party stood for between 2003 and 2008, it’s the principle that the opposition party should tread lightly when criticizing the president lest it inflame opinion abroad.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended President Obama’s apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai and warned that the GOP’s condemnation of the apology could further “inflame” the situation.

Last week, U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan accidentally burned some Qurans, which sparked deadly protests in the country. Obama apologized to Karzai for the “unintentionally mishandled” books – a move that has been criticized by some Republicans.

“I find it somewhat troubling that our politics would inflame such a dangerous situation in Afghanistan,” Clinton told CNN on Monday.

Which Republican soundbite, I wonder, does she think has “inflamed” a situation that’s already inspired Afghan lunatics to launch suicide attacks on NATO bases and shoot American troops point blank in the head? I haven’t heard of a single case of someone abroad grumbling about Newt Gingrich’s rhetoric; I have read a lot of quotes from Muslims venting their rage at infidels who would dare disrespect Islam by burning the Koran. A choice bit of opportunistic propaganda from the leader of Iran’s brownshirts:

“The US has committed such an ugly action and burnt Quran because of the heavy slap it has been given by Islam,” Commander of Iran’s Basij (volunteer) force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi said on Saturday.

He stressed Muslims’ sensitivity to the crimes underway in Afghanistan by the US forces, and said Muslims do not accept the US apology, because it makes numerous military mistakes and then just asks for the Afghans’ apology, and this is not acceptable.

“Nothing but burning the White House can relieve the wound of us, the Muslims, caused by the Burning of Quran in the US,” he underscored.

“Their apology can be accepted only by hanging their commanders; hanging their commanders means an apology,” he reiterated.

At best, the repeated apologies have been ineffective; at worst, they’re a pretext for cretins like this to further incite the masses. Although, in fairness to him, the apologies are insincere: As always when the world scrambles to condemn an affront to Islam, the urgency is driven not by “sensitivity” but by fear that innocents will start dying if proper respect isn’t quickly paid. The fact that there have been so many apologies this time — one from the president, one from the top NATO commander, and one from a Pentagon official to Muslims in Washington — is ironically proof of how insincere it all is, a frantic means to the end of getting people to calm down already. (Remember, while Obama was quick to apologize for burned books, he still hasn’t apologized yet for those NATO airstrikes that killed more than 25 Pakistani troops. Simple math: The death toll from the former is likely to exceed the latter, if it hasn’t already, so he’s forced to move fast.) If some Afghan mufti could give O a hard and fast number of apologies that would, guaranteed, get people out of the streets, I’m sure he’d comply in check-the-box fashion simply in order to save lives. Which is to say, there’s no real “respect” being paid with all this groveling. Respect for Muslim sensibilities shrinks worldwide with each new rampage. But arguably — arguably — it’s the best way to minimize the amount of bloodletting. See Krauthammer in the second clip below for a counterargument to that.

Anyway, don’t take Hillary’s nonsense personally. By now you should know that anytime an aggrieved lunatic runs amok, if Democrats can use it to scapegoat the right, they will. Just how they roll.

Update: A commenter reminds me of this golden oldie soundbite.




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lol. Is it orange or yellow today?

conservative pilgrim on February 27, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Yellow has been adjudged as being too racist, so we’re going with burnt sienna from here on out.

cynccook on February 27, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Angry Sapper on February 27, 2012 at 10:55 PM

I agree! What did the Muslims do to their counterparts who did the desecration?

Cindy Munford on February 27, 2012 at 11:01 PM

I haven’t seen one objective post yet stating if she’s right or wrong.

I’ll start: Even if you the GOP candidates disagree with the apologies, I think it was mistake to publicly criticize the admin on it. I think Sarah started it, then Newt followed. It was of bad taste. So Hilary has a point.

What do you guys think?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on February 27, 2012 at 10:34 PM

For beginners….
This thread has many examples of this same woman stating that she is tired of being told that dissent is bad.

She is one of the leaders of a political party that spent years calling Soldiers “war criminals”…”child predators”…”murders”…

She is one of the leaders of a political party that spent years calling the President and vice President “war criminals”…”warmongers”…”liars”….and “murders”….

democrats constantly took to the airwaves….movies…TV….and the streets declaring the wars “lost”…..”illegal”….and demanding we surrender.

Hillary not once stood up and said this was dangerous to our Soldiers and helped the enemy.
Not…one…single ….time.

Now Republicans are pointing out the dam# obvious…that all of this apologizing has not only been useless…but has emboldened the enemy due to how weak we look.

How about Hillary showing some proof that criticism of her and the boy king’s policies have done what she is accusing it of doing.

…and while she is at it…
How about explaining if this is true:

“I find it somewhat troubling that our politics would inflame such a dangerous situation in Afghanistan,” Clinton told CNN on Monday.

…just who is she worried about we are inflaming since her administration has declared that “the Taliban is not our enemy”……

……

Baxter Greene on February 27, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Come on liberals…
……..step up.

If Hillary is correct…..

How many Soldiers/Civilian lives are the democrats responsible for when they spent the Bush Presidency yelling and screaming “Warmonger”…”liar”…”murderer”…”war criminal” and demanding we surrender??????

Baxter Greene on February 27, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Excuse me, Hillbot, but the rank and file in Kabul don’t pay a damned bit of attention to anything Republicans are saying.

crosspatch on February 27, 2012 at 11:18 PM

And her rants all started way back in time with that “VRWC”. rage on cHillary.

AH_C on February 27, 2012 at 11:19 PM

crosspatch on February 27, 2012 at 11:18 PM

But do they vote? /

Cindy Munford on February 27, 2012 at 11:22 PM

By the time Hillary and Obama are finished apologizing to and supporting our enemies and opposing our alles, the Arab states will have established their Great Caliphate and will have nuclear weapons. That will be the “awesome, unprecedented” achievement of their foreign policy. We have the 60′s radicals running our government, and they should be brought to trial for crimes against the United States.

Oracleforhire on February 27, 2012 at 11:27 PM

This is one infidel that is sick and tired of seeing this nation and the West in general kowtowing to the religion of bigotry, hatred, intolerance, ignorance, and murder. Any compassion, patience, or tolerance I have had of this religion and its brainwashed flock of ignorant fools has faded into oblivion.

Time for a modern crusade to let them know who is really in charge.

AttaBoyLuther on February 27, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Respect for Muslim sensibilities shrinks worldwide with each new rampage. But arguably — arguably — it’s the best way to minimize the amount of bloodletting.

Seems like they set up this ‘outrage’ by writing suspect messages in holy books, probably hoping the books would be confiscated so they could set up some protests. Nothing goes over better in islamist land than confiscating korans.

They got lucky and the books were burned. I have heard the soldiers who destroyed the books did not know they were korans.

Once Obama apologized, islamists could use his apology to verify it wasm, indeed an outrage, and up their demands to punish the perps

Heard on the radio US is going to allow the soldier suckers to be tried. If a trial occurs, this will up the outrage, because the trial will be used in arab logic as proof the crimes were horrific

Hillary dogging US critics merely fans the flame. In this case, she has become a tool as well as a fool

entagor on February 27, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Burnt Sienna ?
I beg your pardon !

Lucano on February 27, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Unbelievable. If we don’t change leadership in November, I don’t know what’s going to happen to this country. Certainly our current leadership is INSANE.

Murf76 on February 27, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Hillary and Harry can say again the war is lost. The Democrats will have the dubious distinction of having lost the second war in the history of the United States. The bloodbath that will ensue in Afghanistan will belong to Obama and Hillary’s legacy. The good thing is the US won’t be asked to fight any other wars for a very long time, then again, we won’t have the military to do so.

TulsAmerican on February 27, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Sec. Clinton should really stay above the political fray, it diminishes her credibility.

Cindy Munford on February 27, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Good gawd she looks awful…

CycloneCDB on February 27, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Anyway, don’t take Hillary’s nonsense personally. By now you should know that anytime an aggrieved lunatic runs amok, if Democrats can use it to scapegoat the right, they will. Just how they roll.

Perhaps the GOP “leadership” should have done something when they did this with Tucson. Now they’re just emboldened and the meme has been set.

It’s really hard to blame them for doing what we’ve essentially let them do – much like misbehaving children or biting dogs. Now we’re wondering why their wild and unruly.

kim roy on February 27, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on February 27, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Hee.
Yeah,In the”middle”.
Can.I.be.a.concern.troll.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on February 27, 2012 at 11:56 PM

CycloneCDB on February 27, 2012 at 11:53 PM

I don’t think growing out her hair was a great choice.

Cindy Munford on February 27, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Hillariaus Betrayus demands the willing suspension of disbelief.

Go to the funerals of those soldiers murdered, so far, and explain how apologizing to their murderers religion makes their buddies still there fighting safer and their lives were worth begging for forgiveness.

I’m sure their loved ones will understand dying for yours and Obama’s vanity wasn’t the same as dying a political death.

Speakup on February 27, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Sec. Clinton should stay above the fray but did
anyone know that she has her own army to run ?
Just found out that all the independent contractors
are run under the State Dept. . Scary no ?

Lucano on February 27, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Sec. Clinton should really stay above the political fray, it diminishes her credibility.

Cindy Munford on February 27, 2012 at 11:43 PM

hmm, not sure that’s mathematically possible.

Midas on February 28, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Riiiiight, our people are getting fragged by these people and it’s all because the american people aren’t sensitive enough?

Please. Is anyone ever sensitive to us? We are easily one of the most sensitive countries on earth. And while the euros will roll their eyes at that statement, they’re rarely in circumstances where they risk anything. When their people are getting killed and it’s their billions getting flushed down the drain… then tell me about sensitivity. And of course, there are many NATO nation members represented out there but how many of those groups… the actual soldiers and commanders with boots on the ground think the US has been insensitive?

And if this really is a sensitivity issue then the mistake was in trying to talk to anyone. If that’s the problem we should just blow up/kill who needs to be killed and leave with before the smoke clears.

The US has worked very hard to try and improve these countries. We’ve sunk hundreds of billions into redevelopment. If that counts for nothing then it was all wasted. If that’s the game then we should have never dispensed a single dime. These countries and cultures need to have a bit more respect for the time, money, and blood we’ve shed. Or here on out they’ll just see cheap drones whizzing overhead to drop precision ordinance.

Karmashock on February 28, 2012 at 12:27 AM

Midas on February 28, 2012 at 12:12 AM

LOL! I don’t think cabinet members should be so blatantly political but obviously she doesn’t agree.

Cindy Munford on February 28, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Nuance.

(May I summarize? Cowardly leftists: They hate the good guys–US–and respect and show great deference for the bad guys–THEM. And they would NEVER criticize or interfere with other religions, only with Christianity. Cowardly, and deeply rotten, leftists–herein demonstrated once again.)

Allendundit on February 28, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Gee Hillary, didn’t you once tell us that dissent is patriotic?

I guess you forgot to mention that it’s only patriotic when a Republican is in the White House.

AZCoyote on February 28, 2012 at 12:53 AM

This woman is one of the smartest women in American politics

liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Huh? You’re not saying much for the other women in American politics, are you? C’mon, what about Maxine Waters, Debbie-wussername Schlitz, Nanzi Pelosi, Feinstein, Boxer, McKinney and so many, many others? What an esteemed crowd of democrat women, eh? Hilary is in such good company, dontcha know.

You leftists are so incredibly misogynistic you are incapable of recognizing it in yourselves.

Harbingeing on February 28, 2012 at 1:09 AM

This silly witch is endangering our troops. Maybe she should check her husband’s phone records.

pat on February 28, 2012 at 1:27 AM

You dont really need to know whats going on
You dont really want to know just how far Ive gone
Just leave me well enough alone
Eat my dirty laundry

See me when Im up
See me when Im down
See me when Im stiff
See me when Im talkin southern black all around

My dirty little secrets
My dirty little lies
Ive got my dirty little fingers in everybodys pie
I love to cut em down to size
I love dirty laundry

I can do the innuendo
I can pounce and I can sing
When its all said and done I havent told you a thing
You all know that my crap is king
Give me dirty laundry!

Cheshire Cat on February 28, 2012 at 1:47 AM

I don’t think growing out her hair was a great choice.

Cindy Munford on February 27, 2012 at 11:58 PM

I don’t know if you will see this before the thread gets too far down but that just cracked me up. Whether an understatement or dry wit you got it going on.
PS Hillary is one nasty piece of work. If you hugged her, you would probably get stuck like the kid in Christmas Story that licked the frozen pole.

arnold ziffel on February 28, 2012 at 2:48 AM

To distraught Talibans an apology:

I am sorry we have such a rotten president.

And I am sorry, furthermore, that I am not the president.

If I were, I would be lighting up your nasty primitive world….

Sherman1864 on February 28, 2012 at 2:53 AM

…if not “inflaming” it….

Sherman1864 on February 28, 2012 at 2:54 AM

Lady McRodham can’t get the damned spot out of her own hands. Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Syria, the list goes on. When it comes to inflaming situations, she is an expert.

Christien on February 28, 2012 at 3:42 AM

Which bring us to our latest insult of America’s fighting forces. The ongoing and obsequious apologies made by president Obama, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander Gen. John Allen and other members of this administration for burning religious documents in Afghanistan — documents that contained “extremist inscriptions” being used to “facilitate extremist communications” — is nothing short of appalling. Furthermore Gen. Allen has added PC insult to injury: he has ordered all 130,000 coalition troops in the country to “complete training in the proper handling of religious materials” by March 3rd. “I’m going to take steps inside these headquarters to issue an order today on how we will handle religious materials for the faith of Islam, henceforth, by ISAF, so that something like this just cannot happen again,” said the general, who offered repeated apologies to the “noble people of Afghanistan.”

How is such obsequiousness working out? Four American troops have been killed in the ensuing rioting, which, as of this writing, has been going on for five days. At least 25 people have been killed so far — meaning Muslims are killing their fellow Muslims as well. Muslim scholar Robert Spencer explains the bankruptcy of political correctness being disseminated here. “General Allen clearly has no idea how weak and pusillanimous his repeated apologies…will make him appear to many, if not most, of ‘the noble people of Afghanistan,’” Spencer writes. “He should know enough about Islamic culture to know that it respects strength and sees apologizing and attempts at conciliation as weakness, only to be despised.”

VorDaj on February 28, 2012 at 4:55 AM

Sec. Clinton should really stay above the political fray, it diminishes her credibility.

Cindy Munford on February 27, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Amen Cindy. But we live in a time now when person cannot dismiss their politics from their responsibilities.

hawkdriver on February 28, 2012 at 5:02 AM

Sorry for the stikeout Cindy.

Sec. Clinton should really stay above the political fray, it diminishes her credibility.

Cindy Munford on February 27, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Amen Cindy. But we live in a time now when person cannot dismiss their politics from their responsibilities.

hawkdriver on February 28, 2012 at 5:02 AM

hawkdriver on February 28, 2012 at 5:04 AM

Arnold Ahlert of JWR – For the thousands of Americans who have been killed and wounded, and who volunteered to put their lives on the line, this remains the ultimate defilement of their sacrifice. Those who have subjected some of our finest citizens to the absurdities of the “Rules of Engagement,” “winning heart and minds,” “counter-insurgency,” “nation-building” or any other euphemism used to obscure the utter bankruptcy of politically correct warfare ought to be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

VorDaj on February 28, 2012 at 5:05 AM

Very OT: But a thought about our flag.

I had to go to the funeral services of an older Army friend yesterday. He was both a Viet Nam veteran and veteran of the first Gulf War. I mentioned him in a thread a day or two ago. He died last week of extended complications fighting cancer. His ashes were entombed at Sand Hills Veteran’s Cemetery in Ft Bragg, NC. It drizzled the entire time and the Color Guard stood in it like the Airborne Troopers they were. Their 21 gun salute and Taps were also moving as it always is.

At the end an already folded flag, because there was no coffin to drape it over, was unfolded and then refolded for his mother and wife. If you have never seen this in person or seen an officer go on bended knee to tell a family member that a nation was indeed grateful, you have missed an important chapter of it’s history.

hawkdriver on February 28, 2012 at 5:15 AM

This woman is one of the smartest women in American politics
 
liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 9:34 PM

 
So by his very presence, Hank Johnson is one of the smartest blacks in American politics.
 
(Live by identity politics, die by identity politics.)

rogerb on February 28, 2012 at 5:25 AM

hawkdriver on February 28, 2012 at 5:15 AM I’m sorry for your loss and the loss to his family, friends and country. This 1% does more for America than most have any awareness of. As my son the Marine would say “Semper Fi!”

indyvet on February 28, 2012 at 5:35 AM

Update: A commenter reminds me of this golden oldie soundbite.

oh yeah!

cmsinaz on February 28, 2012 at 6:40 AM

Sec. Clinton should really stay above the political fray, it diminishes her credibility.

Cindy Munford on February 27, 2012 at 11:43 PM

To be fair, her entire career diminishes her credibility. Not sure how much credibility one can diminish and still have any.

Jaibones on February 28, 2012 at 6:42 AM

hawkdriver on February 28, 2012 at 5:15 AM

Thank you for sharing your story. I am sorry for your loss.

lynncgb on February 28, 2012 at 6:46 AM

indyvet on February 28, 2012 at 5:35 AM

Not so close to be “my loss” but a friend and great American none the less.

hawkdriver on February 28, 2012 at 7:06 AM

Whew, Ron Kessler has made the claim that Hilary Clinton’s vicious dressing down of Vince Foster in front of aides led to his depression and ultimate suicide.

(I guess that it was afterward that Hilary cleaned out his office, removing any incriminating paper trail that he might have left.)

I have no use for that self-serving, ambitious, righteous b*tch, who espouses Marxist ideology and Alinsky tactics. Her resume as SoS has been one of sowing chaos and destruction. Why does she loathe men so much?

onlineanalyst on February 28, 2012 at 7:12 AM

Hey Hillary, sit down and shut up!

GFW on February 28, 2012 at 7:13 AM

All-in-all Hillary’s term as Sec. of State has to be given a grade of D-.
With any luck these are the last months of seeing Hillary in public office.

albill on February 28, 2012 at 7:26 AM

Hilary has always had a disdain for the military and has barely concealed her feelings about those who serve. She treated those in the WH with contempt. Like Valerie Jarrett, she sees the military as hired help, servants to her needs who dare not look her in the eye.

onlineanalyst on February 28, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Can.I.be.in.the.middle

Good joke there. You’re obviously from the left and far from the middle.

zoyclem on February 28, 2012 at 7:29 AM

Very early on after our nation was struck by enemy action on 9/11, President Bush described our mission to seek out and destroy those responsible as a crusade. The PC crowd jumped down his throat for that “insensitive” word choice. W back-pedaled with the State Department’s Arabist inclinations by calling Islam a religion of peace. The mission was undermined before it ever gained legs.

onlineanalyst on February 28, 2012 at 7:36 AM

I’ll start: Even if you the GOP candidates disagree with the apologies, I think it was mistake to publicly criticize the admin on it. I think Sarah started it, then Newt followed. It was of bad taste. So Hilary has a point.

What do you guys think?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on February 27, 2012 at 10:34 PM

After 8 years of you and your fellow leftists calling Bush and Cheney and everyone else war criminals and holding protests, etc., etc. it’s hilarious to hear you now try and talk about “bad taste” or “responsibility” or anything remotely similar.

The left made undermining American foreign policy it’s purpose of existence for 8 years (actually, much longer as the left attempted to collaborate with the USSR during Reagan’s admin – remember Ted Kennedy’s letter to them asking for help in undermining Reagan?). To now talk about mild debate over an obviously stupid move by the administration as “dangerous” or “bad” is absolutely ridiculous.

Does the left even have the ability to look at itself honestly? It is outrageous what passes for thought on that side of the aisle. I don’t know how it is ever possible to have an honest debate about ideas with the left when the left is simply never honest about anything.

Monkeytoe on February 28, 2012 at 7:40 AM

Wow, the scarlet-necked patriots sure are upset! I think God ruined your nascar to punish you.

KeninCT on February 28, 2012 at 7:40 AM

It’s not inflaming anything. These people are muslims and therefore permanently in a state of rage. An apology is exactly the wrong response in the face of psychotic aggression.

He probably reasons it’s the only thing that Michlle’s from battering him to death but be advised, Baroque – your experience does not scale.

CorporatePiggy on February 28, 2012 at 7:44 AM

A choice bit of opportunistic propaganda from the leader of Iran’s brownshirts:

“Nothing but burning the White House can relieve the wound of us, the Muslims, caused by the Burning of Quran in the US,” he underscored.

“Their apology can be accepted only by hanging their commanders; hanging their commanders means an apology,” he reiterated.

Oh?
Then I would suggest that the Persians learn to “duck and cover”.
Or not … The more dust the better.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 28, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Hey Hillary! STFU you miserable cow. Had your worthless husband been doing his job instead of his interns, we wouldn’t be in Afghanistan in the first place because the atrocities of 9/11/01 would not have happened.

Perhaps your time is better spent on grooming. You never were attractive but lately you look like hell.

Happy Nomad on February 28, 2012 at 7:50 AM

KeninCT on February 28, 2012 at 7:40 AM

Crappy Titless? lol, that’s you isn’t it?

hawkdriver on February 28, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Man, Zombie Ben Franklin is lookin’ rough in the picture at the top of this post.

Well, like ole’ dead (allegedly) Sammy Laden said, people see a weak horse and a strong horse- and they want to ride the strong horse.

Sad to say, the American stable out back of the White House is now filled with lame, retarded horses. Well fed non-working and nonsensically whinnying horses, but lame and retarded nonetheless.

Soetero can issue all the weak tea apologies he wants- it only encourages the muzzie vermin- as evidenced by current events.

Wish he’d grow a pair, or at least borrow his back from the first beast, and quit going all Neville Chamberlain on us.

Psssssh…right- like that’s going to happen. Why not wish for a unicorn that kreps skittles, and the oceans to recede and the planet to heal?

GrassMudHorsey on February 28, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Hillary and the rest of that administration are totally incompetent and persist in shifting blame to someone (anyone) other than themselves. Obama’s regime, and the rest of the country, are about to collapse under their own weight.

rplat on February 28, 2012 at 8:11 AM

…and so much for dissent being the highest form of patriotism, I suppose.

Guess things get all different when it’s your sacred pants suit getting bleached, isn’t that right Secretary of State Overcharge?

GrassMudHorsey on February 28, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Hillary,

Words Matter.

“As Santorum and Romney Battle for the Loony Right, the rest of us should not gloat.”

[Republicans] They’re losing even more Americans now, as the four remaining GOP candidates seek to out-do one another in their race for the votes of the loony right that’s taken over the Grand Old Party.

But the rest of us have reason to worry.

A party of birthers, creationists, theocrats, climate-change deniers, nativists, gay-bashers, anti-abortionists, media paranoids, anti-intellectuals, and out-of-touch country clubbers cannot govern America.

Yet even if they lose the presidency on Election Day they’re still likely to be in charge of at least one house of Congress as well as several state legislators and governorships. That’s a problem for the nation.

The GOP’s drift toward loopyness started in 1993 when Bill Clinton became the first Democrat in the White House in a dozen years – and promptly allowed gays in the military, pushed through the Brady handgun act, had the audacity to staff his administration with strong women and African-Americans, and gave Hillary the task of crafting a national health bill. Bill and Hillary were secular boomers with Ivy League credentials who thought government had a positive role to play in peoples’ lives.

At this rate the GOP will end up on the dust heap of history. Young Americans are more tolerant, cosmopolitan, better educated, and more socially liberal than their parents. And relative to the typical middle-aged America, they are also more Hispanic and more shades of brown. Today’s Republican Party is as relevant to what America is becoming as an ice pick in New Orleans.

In the meantime, though, we are in trouble. America is a winner-take-all election system in which a party needs only 51 percent (or, in a three-way race, a plurality) in order to gain control.

In parliamentary systems of government, small groups representing loony fringes can be absorbed relatively harmlessly into adult governing coalitions.

But here, as we’re seeing, a loony fringe can take over an entire party — and that party will inevitably take over some part of our federal, state, and local governments.

As such, the loony right is a clear and present danger.

Robert Reich
Monday February 27, 2012

“The Loony Right Is a Clear and Present Danger” hardly leaves wiggle room for whatever “is” is.

maverick muse on February 28, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Make the stupid stop!! Please!!

Hening on February 28, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Wow, the scarlet-necked patriots sure are upset! I think God ruined your nascar to punish you.

KeninCT on February 28, 2012 at 7:40 AM

Phew…who has the runs?

Oh, it’s KeninCT.

HumpBot Salvation on February 28, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Whenever I see or hear a member of the Baseej in moral outrage I remember that it was this organization that rounded up under-age children to go through minefields during the Iran/Iraq war. Unarmed children told to get weapons off of dead Iraqi soldiers. The Left was never morally outraged about that, or more precisely they were until the Coalition attacked Saddam during Desert Storm… then they forgot all about just how vicious both sides of the Iran/Iraq war were and tried to paint them as ‘innocent’.

Now Hillary is so very much concerned that a few burnt korans might outrage the already outraged jihadists…. boo-hoo…

Leftist hypocrisy knows no bounds.

ajacksonian on February 28, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Respect for Muslim sensibilities shrinks worldwide with each new rampage. But arguably — arguably — it’s the best way to minimize the amount of bloodletting.

Allapundit

Well, so far that tactic hasn’t worked~has it ? We gave these nomadic sons of bitches EVERY deference ( because of our freedoms) here in the US from mosques in NYC to Obama giving Muslims a religious exemption in Obamacare.

The only thing I see is that this type of response from Obama and Clinton has caused even MORE bloodletting, from Egypt to Libya.
Calling these fools a$$holes is too good for them.

They’re traitors pure and simple.When will Americans learn that we are the SWORN enemy of the State of Islam and that there are NO pockets of radical Islamists. The entire cult of Islam IS radical.

There is NO peace with these lunatics.

DevilsPrinciple on February 28, 2012 at 8:31 AM

The tell your buddies to chill the “cankles” comments.

urban elitist on February 27, 2012 at 9:47 PM

I agree with her. This woman is one of the smartest women in American politics

liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Vince Foster was unavailable for comment

Wade on February 28, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Phew…who has the runs?

Oh, it’s KeninCT.

HumpBot Salvation on February 28, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Ken has diarrhea of the mouth.

DevilsPrinciple on February 28, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Why anyone pays any attention to this scandal-ridden woman is beyond me.

Remember Castle Grande? The “missing” Rose law firm billing records mysteriously appearing on a coffee table in the White House? Beef futures? Carpet-bagging senatorial career? Vast right-wing conspiracy interview on the Today show? Poor Vince Foster’s suicide?

There are more but I’m sick of her, her husband, her daughter, her body-girl, and the rest of them.

Qzsusy on February 28, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Come on liberals…
……..step up.
If Hillary is correct…..
How many Soldiers/Civilian lives are the democrats responsible for when they spent the Bush Presidency yelling and screaming “Warmonger”…”liar”…”murderer”…”war criminal” and demanding we surrender??????
Baxter Greene on February 27, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Abu the aid reopened by America? From the thankfully dead Ted

Good luck getting an answer from the chickensheet pu$$ies party

Sonosam on February 28, 2012 at 8:43 AM

I look at the picture and I cant stop thinking: Annie Wilkes, is that you?

Valkyriepundit on February 28, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Sadly, the US Afghan War was a twisted exercise in futility from the onset.

Firstly, there is no such thing as a humanitarian war. War Is Hell.

Westerners ordered to fly, drive, gallop or march into the tribal mountains and convert the Afghan indigenous into subjects of Western powers by winning hearts and minds through coercion and bribes were charged with the impossible goal compounded by insane and suicidal Rules of Engagement “reset” by Obama/Clinton, to be all things for the Afghans.

That the US Military is the finest in the world is not a mere boast. As such, the US Military has every ability to incinerate whatever it chooses without leaving a trace, ash to ash.

That Korans were to be burnt was no accident. Korans can not be burnt by our military personnel without direct orders. Those issuing the orders to burn Korans had to be from the top, not mid-level officers, as mid-level officers don’t have the authority to order the burning of Korans, ESPECIALLY in the Middle East.

Now, the tell. The Korans were not properly incinerated into a pile of ash. The finest Military in the world “burnt” Korans and disposed of scorched Korans where Muslims would see. The intent to inflame the situation in Afghanistan is obvious, and began prior to Obama’s apology.

Obama did not apologize without being “told” by his advisers to do so. His apology achieved three things. First, he blamed his troops for following orders. He personally demoralized our military personnel further (while ordering their health benefits cut, even as military suicides are at the highest rate ever and still rising). Second, CinC Obama gave our military personnel over to be abused by those who’ve failed to have their hearts and minds won over, leaving our military personnel as bones for the Afghans to chew. Finally, he inflamed the American public in order to further polarize segments and influence the Republican Primary outcome.

Regardless of what the various Republican segments believe is best for America (or for the world), this latest outrage that Obama’s leadership manufactured will galvanize voters from every party in the general election to define whether we stay or leave Afghanistan, for whatever reasons. Those who advocate more military to solve ideological differences are pitted against those who advocate more logic for less interventionism since coercion does not win converts willing to be exploited.

Just as American politicians fatefully chose to take over IndoChina when France determined to forfeit imperialism, being subjected to replay the same fallacy in Afghanistan after Russia’s departure doomed not only the indigenous Afghan tribal populations to being exploited by corrupt American props in government, but doomed Americans to re-experience the horrors without having “learned” from Vietnam. As Vietnam Foreign Policy goes today, our governments have allied in treaty.

Defending our borders and our citizenry is the government’s constitutional obligation. Our prosperity relies on a strong economy that relies upon a strong Dollar.

No one can be all things to all people at all times.

Let’s clean our own Congress, White House and Judicial Branch first and now, pruning corruption off our backs. That much is our business as citizen voting tax payers. There is nothing “Loony” about that “Right”.

If anything is a clear and present danger to Americans, its the economy stupid! No more Keynesian can kickers making national policy.

maverick muse on February 28, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Eliminate Free Speech!

It makes teh Chosen One look bad.

the_moll on February 28, 2012 at 9:02 AM

As weak as all of this is, weaker still are the ball-less Republicans who won’t stand up and call them out.

The next scam is going to be the Iraqui WMD now in Syria that the Ds will be discovering as an excuse to go in…and the utter silence on the R side.

SurferDoc on February 28, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Delightful story about Korans found floating in Pockeestahni sewer.

Somehow, no riots ensued.

Akzed on February 28, 2012 at 9:15 AM

I agree with her. This woman is one of the smartest women in American politics liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Who’s the other one?

Akzed on February 28, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Now Hillary is so very much concerned that a few burnt korans might outrage the already outraged jihadists…. boo-hoo…

Leftist hypocrisy knows no bounds.

ajacksonian on February 28, 2012 at 8:26 AM

The Clinton extermination of Branch Davidians at Mt.Carmel, TX remains on the record. That bombardment was instigated “for the babies and the children” who were burned to death by the Clinton administration determined to “save” them.

Where was the Left’s or the Right’s moral outrage when the media demonized the victims on behalf of our federal government ATF/FBI when Reno refused the Texas Rangers access and opportunity to escort all of the Branch Davidians out of their compound as had been peacefully negotiated?

On public perception via news, Mick Hume wrote a good piece yesterday regarding journalism. Each coin has two sides.

The danger of reporters becoming ‘crusaders’

The death of courageous war reporter Marie Colvin in Syria was a tragedy – but not a justification for further Western intervention.

To suggest that the death of a journalist, however well-liked and respected, should somehow alter the debate about a major issue such as Western intervention in Syria seems to stretch the belief that ‘the personal is political’ beyond reason.

This is an example of how the debate about Syria in the West is being shaped more by emotional reactions than by rational analysis. …repeats the familiar indignant cry that ‘something must be done’. The difficult question of what exactly that ‘something’ might be, and the more difficult question of what effect any increased intervention will have on the civil war, are shouted down in the emotional clamour for more action.

Marie Colvin was to the fore in a new school of war reporting that has developed in recent years, notably in the UK media. It is a fashionable current of war reporting with which some of us at spiked have often clashed.

Sometimes referred to by Americans as ‘I-was-there’ reporting, this school of journalism emphasises the role of the reporter as eyewitness to the horrors of war. It focuses less on the political causes and military strategies of war, and more on the human cost of conflict in terms of civilian suffering. Marie Colvin was a pioneer of this type of war reporting.

The debate about this current in war reporting really took off in the 1990s around the wars in Bosnia and elsewhere in the Former Yugoslavia. Martin Bell of the BBC argued that Bosnia had shown the need for a new ‘journalism of attachment’, a sort of war reporting ‘that cares as well as knows’. During the Balkan conflicts, leading Western correspondents became ‘laptop bombardiers’, leading calls for more military intervention against the Serbs.

A few years ago this sort of reporting was still being seriously questioned by more old-school writers and editors, notably in the US media. For example, in an April 2000 article about Marie Colvin published in the American Journalism Review, a foreign editor from the New York Times spoke about the importance of ‘keeping emotions and judgements in check’ among his reporters: ‘We are not referees in the conflicts of the world… Advocacy journalism, in our eyes, is always suspect.’

Today, however, it seems that, while almost nobody would endorse the phrase ‘journalism of attachment’, that approach to war reporting has triumphed over the traditionalists. Bell himself wrote last week that ‘the targeted killing’ of Marie Colvin confirmed that ‘bystander journalism is now a thing of the past.

The journalists involved can sound less like objective reporters than crusaders on a personal mission.

Colvin was praised as ‘a crusader’ by her editor.

As Marie Colvin said, the tales of carnage and suffering ‘on the ground’ do not change much from one war to the next. But what can that tell us about the specific causes and consequences of that conflict, or what the solution might be? It can only end in another demand for something-must-be-done intervention. The hard truth is that, from Bosnia onwards, Western intervention has been a disaster for those on the receiving end. Yet it is still offered as the only solution for those facing repression at the hands of despotic regimes in Libya and now Syria.

There is an irony in the way that some reporters who insist the news should focus on civilian suffering often seem to find themselves at the centre of the story. As one injured French journalist in Homs told the world last week, ‘I need a ceasefire’. It seems that the question ‘whose war is it anyway?’ is still worth asking. Discussing the inherent dangers of the I-was-there school in that AJR article from 2000, Marie Colvin noted that ‘it is easy to go over the top’. Some younger reporters might do well to heed her advice.

Since her tragic death, Marie Colvin has been widely praised as an example of the public good that journalists can do, a world removed from the allegations of sleaze and crime around the phone-hacking scandal and the Leveson Inquiry. Those like Colvin who fearlessly report what they witness are indeed crucial to making the news and informing the world. When reporters become crusaders, however, it is not good news for journalism or for political debate.

maverick muse on February 28, 2012 at 9:22 AM

pfft, comment stalled…or “spiked”.

maverick muse on February 28, 2012 at 9:23 AM

I haven’t seen one objective post yet stating if she’s right or wrong.

I’ll start: Even if you the GOP candidates disagree with the apologies, I think it was mistake to publicly criticize the admin on it. I think Sarah started it, then Newt followed. It was of bad taste. So Hilary has a point.

What do you guys think?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on February 27, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Honestly my first thought was. Moron. After reading the article I still think Clinton is a moron.

dmn1972 on February 28, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on February 27, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Public statements are public.

Obama would not issue a public statement that he did not intend would make an impact.

Obama’s administration began as “ONE VOICE” meaning dictatorship.

No Liberty Tolerated.

maverick muse on February 28, 2012 at 9:37 AM

I haven’t seen one objective post yet stating if she’s right or wrong.

I’ll start: Even if you the GOP candidates disagree with the apologies, I think it was mistake to publicly criticize the admin on it. I think Sarah started it, then Newt followed. It was of bad taste. So Hilary has a point.

What do you guys think?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on February 27, 2012 at 10:34 PM

I think now that Obama is President that dissent isn’t patriotic anymore. According to Hillary Clinton we the American people are supposed to be able to criticize any administration doesn’t matter if they are republican or democrat. But than Hillary say’s lots of things like she is an admirer of Margaret Sanger. ….so considering the source, there’s that.

Dr Evil on February 28, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Hilary has always had a disdain for the military and has barely concealed her feelings about those who serve. She treated those in the WH with contempt. Like Valerie Jarrett, she sees the military as hired help, servants to her needs who dare not look her in the eye.

onlineanalyst on February 28, 2012 at 7:27 AM

^^^^
That

During the reign of the Abuser-in-Chief from ArKinSaw, military officers were used in the White House as ushers and waiters. I wanted to vomit on the draft-dodger-in-chief and his shrew in tow.

Hillary is as corrupt as they come. She has “re-set” relations with the Яooskees, ya know.
How’s that workin’ out for us – and the world?

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 28, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Honestly my first thought was. Moron. After reading the article I still think Clinton is a moron.

dmn1972 on February 28, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Nope, Hillary graduated summa cum laude from the school of Alinsky. Hillary wrote her thesis on the object of her admiration.

Dr Evil on February 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM

I haven’t seen one objective post yet stating if she’s right or wrong.

I’ll start: Even if you the GOP candidates disagree with the apologies, I think it was mistake to publicly criticize the admin on it. I think Sarah started it, then Newt followed. It was of bad taste. So Hilary has a point.

What do you guys think?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on February 27, 2012 at 10:34 PM

I think that failing to issue critical feedback is an abrogation of 1st Amendment rights. Pointing out that the Emperor has no clothes is NEVER in bad taste. Hilary has no point here, and is in fact, a hypocrit.

Ergo Sum on February 28, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Once again, we witness the age-old liberal fallacy that it is worse to observe the crime than to commit the crime.

Crusty on February 28, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Since Hillary will be history next year, one way or another, it hurts to think who might succeed her should ChicagØbama be re-elected.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 28, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Believing ANYTHING Hillary Clinton says, cough, 900 stolen FBI files with her fingerprints on them, cough, requires the “willing suspension of disbelief”.

Hillary also said there was Al Queada in Iraq BEFORE the Iraq War was approved and RAN her 2008 presidential campaign claiming the opposite?

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/09/12/politics/main3254857.shtml

http://uspolitics.about.com/od/wariniraq/a/jt_resolution.htm

dthorny on February 28, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Since Hillary will be history next year, one way or another, it hurts to think who might succeed her should ChicagØbama be re-elected.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 28, 2012 at 10:08 AM

I think we already know. Hillary goes away (no love lost between the two) and jug-ears appoints Joe Biden which frees him up to appoint whomever he wants to be his wingman without that person having to be a choice on any ballot. In other (hypothetical) words, the radical left gets an Obama/Pelosi leadership team without voting for it. But of course it wouldn’t be anybody as moderate as Pelosi. More apt to be somebody like Obama’s terrorist buddy William Ayers.

Pleasant dreams after thinking about that.

Happy Nomad on February 28, 2012 at 10:16 AM

****Shrillary warning****
The following video WILL be offensive to your auditory canals.

And then there’s always this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJxmpTMGhU0

dthorny on February 28, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I think the Muslims are already inflamed. In any case, the knee-jerk groveling is counterproductive and a little aggravating. The apologies are a sign of weakness – whoever is advising the administration and the State Department (and for that matter, the generals) needs to be fired, they don’t understand the culture very well.

John_G on February 28, 2012 at 10:58 AM

The only thing “inflamed” is my poor eyes having to look at that picture of poor old Hil.

waterytart on February 28, 2012 at 11:17 AM

What she means is, our poor brown cousins need our help and sympathy. They’re not ready for freedom. They must be guided to enlightenment by white liberal guilt. They just need free condoms.

Kenosha Kid on February 28, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Terrorists cannot and will not detroy this country, no matter where they come from or how many there are. What will destroy this country of ours is our own “leadership” – in the White House and in Congress. Our focus should be on cleaning out Washington, not Kabul.

jb34461 on February 28, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Hillary, you dumb ignorant witch.

rjulio on February 28, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Is there no one who will step up and tell Clinton to wash her damned hair occasionally? She needs to cut it too. And as to her comments about criticizing Obama – she should, as has already been noted, shut up.

natasha333 on February 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Our groveling on hands and knees apologist Obumbo apologizing for our Military doing nothing wrong while Obumbo plays political games with American lives is what inflamed everyone, even the murderous Islamist creeps in Afghanistan understand Obumbo is a coward.

aposematic on February 28, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Someone please get Hillary a paper bag. You are one fugly cow, Hillary. I can’t even concentrate on your words because I’m frozen by your oppressive ugliness. Yecch!

swinia sutki on February 28, 2012 at 1:19 PM

One can easily argue that the immediate apologies are evidence that the Obama administration ASSUMES that Muslims in general and Afghans in particular will respond violently to the inadvertent destruction of a few books. Should not Muslims be angry that Obama thinks they are savages?

The collapse of the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2011 destroyed a nearby church and that certainly caused the destruction of Bibles – but New Yorkers did not respond by murdering innocent Muslims in Manhattan.

Colony14 on February 28, 2012 at 3:28 PM

I thought the picture was Ed Koch in a wig.

RedCrow on February 28, 2012 at 4:45 PM

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