How is protecting our troops by using a wee bit of diplomacy selling them out ?
Ok, fine, let Barack Hussein Obama apologize for the accidental burning of the books. But...... Pretty please give us back our drone??????
An apology is not a sign of weakness, and whether it helps or not it certainly doesn't hurt. The only reason I see here for not offering an apology and in some way to help lessen the protests or any potential or actual violence, is pride. Pride is irrelevant to us, and your pride is irrelevant to anything. An apology isn't selling out the troops, supporting the troops doesn't mean believing they can do no wrong.
Regardless of what you think of the Afghan peoples or their customs, the strategic fact of the situation remains that their opinion of Americans is a vital part of the objective of this war. If this war is about removing a potential threat from the ungoverned areas of Afghanistan, than making the people like Americans is important to remove any desire to attack us.
In the short term, anything that would help to decrease the current violence and potential for violence is helpful. Pride is not worth the life of a Solider, neither should we disregard any potential help that even if its not a total solution. No one is suggesting that an apology will end all violence, so I don't understand why that fact should prevent us from doing it if it can help.
Last edited by StillBallin75; 02-29-12 at 05:08 PM.
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.