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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Newt Roils Afghan Waters

Newt Gingrich said Obama “surrendered” when he apologized to Hamid Karzai, the Afghan leader, for mistakenly burning copies of the Koran that had been given to Taliban prisoners in Afghanistan.  The ensuing violence has already led to the deaths of two American soldiers. Gingrich said Obama "is consistently apologizing to people who do not deserve the apology of the president of the United States, period."   Juan Cole suggests that Gingrich’s statements might exacerbate tensions in the region and lead to a further endangerment of US troops. 

Newt just can’t understand
Why Obama would offer his hand
And apologize
To Hamid Karzai’s
People for burning Korans.
It was just a mistake, but the Afghans
Are very upset
And would be a big threat
To all of our troops over there.
So it’d help if we would declare
How sorry we were
That this could occur.

But Newt saw a wonderful chance
To go on TV and enhance
An image of strength,
No matter what length
He must go in his ignorance.

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