Friday, March 02, 2012

Obamaville March 2 - Obama Mea Culpa Backfires


President apologizes - six US soldiers & over 30 Afghans Murdered

In spite of claims to the contrary in which the President said his apology to the Afghan people over the inadvertent burning of a Quran holy book has helped ease the violence against American troops in Afghanistan, the facts speak volumes that he might have been wrong.

The Afghan people became aware on February 21 that US troops had burned a Quran the day before that was used to pass secret messages between terrorists in prison.  Two days later President Obama talked to Afghan President Hamid Karzai and had a letter hand delivered to Karzai the same day apologizing for the action by the American troops.

Before the day was over two American servicemen had been killed by a man in an Afghan army uniform in retaliation for the burning.  Today, nine days later, six American soldiers are dead and over 30 Afghans have been killed in violent riots against American troops.

Critics said Obama's apology was capitulation for actions that were justified and served to give already nervous Afghan people a reason to join the Taliban in trying to get the US out of Afghanistan.

With the President already announcing his intention to pull out of Afghanistan by 2014 the Afghan people feel they are being abandoned by the American president and people.  They believe the Taliban will overrun the country as soon as the Americans depart.

The war in Afghanistan is Obama's war, his signature is all over it.  He tripled the number of American troops fighting in Afghanistan and the US has already spent over $800 billion fighting the ten year war.  During that time 1,908 American soldiers have been killed.  The US has also given over $18 billion in aid to the Afghan government.

There is no sign the hatred will subside or the rioting and deaths will end.  Just yesterday Obama's Joint Chiefs of staff indicated support of Israel military action against the Muslim nation Iran, an act that may further aggravate heightened tension with Afghan.

Israel is pressing Obama for an explicit threat of military action against Iran if sanctions fail and Tehran's nuclear program advances beyond specified "red lines".

Diplomats say that Israel is angered by the Obama administration's public disparaging of early military action against Iran, saying that it weakens the prospect of Tehran taking the warnings from Israel seriously.

Just days before the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is scheduled to arrive in Washington to meet with Obama the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Norton Schwartz, said the Joint Chiefs of Staff have prepared military options to strike Iranian nuclear sites in the event of a conflict.

The Middle East Arab Israeli conflict has been fought over thousands of years and the Muslims have never lost sight of the fact that America is Israel's friend and protector.  As such suspicion between Arab nations and the United States continues unabated which was obvious during the recent Arab spring when countries overthrowing dictators and gaining freedom have moved away from the US and Israel.

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