Obama on Afghanistan: My apology for the Koran-burning calmed things down

posted at 8:20 pm on February 29, 2012 by Allahpundit

Skip to 3:30 for the key bit. I actually like this answer, even though the “calmed things down” bit is nonsense in the same way that the infamous “jobs created or saved” metric for the stimulus was. There’s no way to tell what would have happened without O’s apology. In fact, the riots went on for several more days after it was made public on February 23, punctuated by the murders of two U.S. officers inside the Interior Ministry in Kabul on Saturday, February 25. Would things have been worse if “only” Gen. Allen had said sorry? Who knows? But as I say, I like his answer — not for what it includes but for what it doesn’t. There’s no pretense here of being truly sorry for having offended Afghans’ cultural sensibilities or of apologizing because it’s the righteous thing to do. When asked, he says he did it to save lives, full stop. It was a means to an end. This is as close as we’re apt to get to an admission by O or his diplomatic deputies of the point I made yesterday, that the fulsome respect paid when Islam is insulted in a high-profile way has little to do with genuine sensitivity and everything to do with managing the death toll. If we’re going to have a global double standard on blasphemy, let’s at least be honest as to why. He’s a little more honest here than western politicians usually are. Now let’s see what he does on the not one, not two, but three separate investigations of the Koran-burning that are currently ongoing in Afghanistan. If the news reports of what happened are correctly, the guys who burned them are probably guilty of nothing worse than some form of negligence. How severely will they be scapegoated beyond that? Given that “sensitivity” now requires barring all non-Muslim U.S. troops from requesting a copy of the Koran from their military chaplain, I’m not optimistic.

If you have the stomach for it, go watch Scott Pelley put Gen. Allen and Ryan Crocker through the wringer for 11 minutes on Koran-gate. Since I lack the stomach, I’m not embedding it here. Exit question via Blackfive:

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Effing banana head

Sonosam on March 1, 2012 at 5:20 AM

wimp.

albill on March 1, 2012 at 7:04 AM

If it did anything at all, his pitiful gesture of weakness made things worse.

forest on February 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

And he knows it. Otherwise he would not be defensive.

dogsoldier on March 1, 2012 at 7:04 AM

Obama makes Bill Clinton appear somewhat honest.

Bevan on March 1, 2012 at 7:21 AM

Breaking news: Two more US soldiers killed in Afghanistan today.

Stop farkin’ apologizing, people are dying you moron!

Trafalgar on March 1, 2012 at 7:22 AM

The Kenyan Muslim Communist Comrade is waging Jihad on the American military right before our eyes without any outcry!! Notice that the only budget cut he and his Democrat comrades cut is the military!! Looks to me like treason!! Remember in November!!

Marco on March 1, 2012 at 9:17 AM

the fulsome respect paid when Islam is insulted in a high-profile way has little to do with genuine sensitivity and everything to do with managing the death toll.

You want to manage the death toll? B-2s can handle that much more effectively than kowtowing to a bunch of 7th-century savages.

GWB on March 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Did Zero claim that his apology was a good first step? Bet we stop hearing about the protesters and shootings in the msm.

Kissmygrits on March 1, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Obama is enforcing Sharia Law plain and simple. He has accepted the religious savages’ narrative that their book of hate, warfare, genocide against us non-muslims deserves to be respected in the same way that muslims respect it.

Essentially this is the behavior of the dhimmis, the group of cowed non-muslims that have been subjugated and in a state of submission to muslims.

This is the dividing line between civilization and barbarism. Either you stand up for the right to burn anyone’s holy book or you bow down to any psychopath menacingly waving a knife in one hand and his book of evil in the other.

If the ultimate goal in this conflict is to save lives, then it’d be best for all of us to convert to Islam right now because muslims are just going to keep killing until we all do anyways.

Or just maybe we should recognize they are the same types of ‘radical’ muslims that attacked us on 911 and that we should wipe them out? No compromising our values-they must be forced to grow a thicker skin over their filthy death cult being made fun of, the way that Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and every other religion does.

As Pamela Geller said, stop apologizing, start carpet-bombing.

thinkagain on March 1, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Really this needs to be a cabinet level position. We need a Secreatry of Apologies to take some of the load off of Bambi.

PackerBronco on March 1, 2012 at 10:45 AM

About as much truth in this statement as his shovel ready jobs. The only shovel ready job it the one to cover up all of his treason, lies, mudslum supporting actions and his acts to destroy the US!
For the uninformed he is not a friggen American. He is half white and half of some island people.

harvey1 on March 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Two more soldiers are “calmed down” in Afghanistan.

Permanently.

profitsbeard on March 1, 2012 at 12:16 PM

The only thing it calmed was their consciences.

shick on March 1, 2012 at 6:47 PM

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