Obama Insists His 3-Page Apology Letter Calmed Things in Afghanistan (Video)
Obama told ABC News tonight that his 3-page apology letter calmed things in Afghanistan.
Sure it did. This protest was from today… The 8th straight day of protests.
Students shout slogans during an anti-U.S rally in Peshawar February 29, 2012. About 60 protesters gathered to condemn the February 21 burning of copies of the Koran at NATO’s main base in Afghanistan. The placard written in Urdu reads: ” Protect Koran rally”. (REUTERS/Khuram Parvez)
Like with many things Obama has said in the past, he has nothing to back up his statements. In fact, two US officials were shot in the back of the head after his apology last week.
ABC News reported:
President Obama said his formal apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for the burning of Korans by U.S. troops last week has “calmed things down” after the incident sparked an outbreak of violence across the country.
“We’re not out of the woods yet,” Obama said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Bob Woodruff at the White House. “But my criteria in any decision I make, getting recommendations from folks who are actually on the ground, is what is going to best protect our folks and make sure that they can accomplish their mission.”
The president’s comments came just hours before a formal White House dinner to honor Iraq War veterans, some of whom have also served in Afghanistan and may be redeploying there to assist ongoing U.S. military operations. Woodruff was the only journalist invited to attend the dinner.
Obama said his letter to Karzai aimed to curb further danger to U.S. troops on the ground. It reportedly expressed regret for the apparently inadvertent burning of the Korans, the sacred text of Islam, on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan.
Still, the president’s critics and some members of the military have questioned the appropriateness of the move, given the subsequent murder of two U.S. military officers at the hands of an Afghan inside one of the capital’s secure ministry buildings.