Republicans have been saying that Obama goes around the world and apologizes for America. Recently, it was found that US troops had burned a number of qurans at a military base. Obama apologized to the Afghan President when this news broke, but not before an Afghan soldier shot and killed to US soldiers.
The reaction from the Right was swift. Gingrich in particular had some choice words about the POTUS, including "he is consistently apologizing to people who do not deserve the apology of the president of the United States period."
So, the question is, should Obama have apologized for the quran burning by US troops? Well, considering the outcry from the Muslim world over this issue, I would say yes. Considering the fact that two soldiers died as a direct result of this, I would say yes. Obama was attempting to be diplomatic, and probably saved lives by issuing his apology.
What worries is me is this sentiment that America does not need to apologize to anyone for anything. It's a disastrous mentality that, among other things, could jeopardize national security. Look at what's happened because of these quran burnings. Thousands of protesters taking to the streets. Is that a safe place for our soldiers? Does it bode well for our national security?
And turn the tables. If we found that Afghan soldiers were burning Bibles at their military bases, would there be an outcry here? Absolutely. We'd likely see politicians on the air demanding an apology, and wondering why the President doesn't do something. We'd probably see demonstrations from Christians, and likely some holy book burning as well. So, if it's likely that we would react with shock and anger at the desecration of the Bible, why is it that people like Gingrich can't seem to understand what the burning of the quran means to Muslims?
The final point, of course, is to consider what would happen if Gingrich had been in the White House? It sounds as though he would not apologize to Afghanistan, which would likely prompt a much greater backlash over the burning of the Muslim holy book. It's acts of this kind of disrespect that trigger terrorist organizations. Following the Iraq Invasion, Al Qaeda saw a jump in recruitment. Why? Because American soldiers were killing a lot of Iraqi citizens, and their family members were seeking justice. With something like quran burning, the number of recruits to terrorist organizations will probably go up as Muslims seek retribution for the disrespect they've been shown. How does that not impact our national security and the stability of the Middle East?