February 26th, 2012
08:41 AM ET

Clinton issues warnings on Afghanistan, Syria

By Elise Labott, reporting from Rabat, Morocco

Criticism of President Barack Obama's apology for the burning of Qurans in Afghanistanis not helpful, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday in a wide-ranging interview with CNN.

"I find it somewhat troubling that our politics would enflame such a dangerous situation in Afghanistan," Clinton said of the complaints by Republican presidential candidates and some experts about Obama's apology.

Obama apologized Thursday in a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for the burning of Qurans, which he called "inadvertent" and an "error."

"It was the right thing to do to have our president on record as saying this was not intentional, we deeply regret it," Clinton said.

At least four American troops have been killed in apparent revenge attacks in the past week, and dozens of Afghans have been killed or wounded in protests about the incident.

"We are hoping that voices inside Afghanistan will join that of President Karzai and others in speaking out to try to calm the situation," Clinton said. "It is out of hand and it needs to stop."

Clinton also said diplomatic efforts were under way to peel away support from Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

"We have a lot of contacts, as do other countries - a lot of sources within the Syrian government and the business community and minority communities - and our message is the same to all of them: 'You cannot continue to support this illegitimate regime because it is going to fall,'" she said.

But she said the Syrian National Council was not yet the kind of united opposition movement that toppled Moammar Gadhafi with international help in Libya last year.

The Libyan opposition base in the city of Benghazi gave the international community "an address" to deal with.

"We don't have that in Syria," she said. "The Syrian National Council is doing the best it can but obviously it is not yet a united opposition."

Clinton also defended telling an audience in Tunisia Saturday that Obama would be re-elected.

"I was asked whether the comments in the primary campaign, some of which have been quite inflammatory, represented America," she said, adding that they did not necessarily. "I represent America."

As America's top diplomat, Clinton would not normally make political statements to a foreign audience.

"Probably my enthusiasm for the president got a little out of hand," Clinton said with a laugh.

But she said her comments were appropriate.

"I know what happens in campaigns. I've been there, done that, and I know that things are said that are not going to be put into practice or policy," she said. "I did think I needed to point that out to the audience."

Clinton ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, losing out to Obama.

     

 

soundoff (1,908 Responses)
  1. katchaser

    Northlite said it all. Bravo!! Northlite! Nuff Said

    February 27, 2012 at 8:22 am | Reply
  2. katchaser

    GEdwards, where was your ranting in the years 2000-2008 when we started out with a balanced budget. You all sure have short memories!

    February 27, 2012 at 8:19 am | Reply
    • GEdwards

      Actually, there was something called an attack on the US that got in the way.

      Estimated cost of the ~10 years of war in Iraq? $800B
      Cost of Pres Obama's failed stimulus package, four months into the job? $787B

      You see, there's a difference between needs and wants. The Constitution defines the defense of the nation as a "need" or obligation of the federal gov't.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:23 am | Reply
      • S

        ...an attack which had nothing to do with Iraq. Great job.

        February 27, 2012 at 8:46 am |
      • Jim

        What did Iraq do again???

        February 27, 2012 at 8:51 am |
      • GEdwards

        Actually S and JIm, if you had listened to Pres Bush when he explained it to the people, 911 showed us the lengths that those who hate the US would go to attack us. He, and Biden, and Clinton, and Daschle, and Levin, and plenty of other Dems thought Iraq had WMDs. So he asked Congress for permission, and they gave it.

        You really don't know that, or you just want to forget?

        February 27, 2012 at 8:58 am |
  3. syzito

    So according to Clinton Obama is god and should not be debated on certain policies? Another reason to remove all Democrats from public office.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:18 am | Reply
    • humberto

      Gingrich is guilty of the stolen valor act for his disgracefull use of the dead soldiers for his politics.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:30 am | Reply
    • humberto

      looks like the same old crowd.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:47 am | Reply
  4. GEdwards

    The OBAMA DOCTRINE:

    Borrow, Spend, Blame and Apologize

    February 27, 2012 at 8:04 am | Reply
    • humberto

      your not perfect, help us make it better.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:10 am | Reply
      • GEdwards

        Fair enough....

        1. Stop borrowing
        2. Stop spending
        3. Stop blaming
        4. Stop apologizing

        How's that for a start?

        February 27, 2012 at 8:13 am |
      • JuneCleaversBeaver

        Learn how to use the proper way to say "you're" for "you are". You'll sound much less retarded......

        February 27, 2012 at 8:20 am |
    • humberto

      What about the 15 trillion deficit ?

      February 27, 2012 at 8:21 am | Reply
      • GEdwards

        That's covered in #2.

        February 27, 2012 at 8:24 am |
      • Observer

        There is no $15 Trillion deficit... there is a $15 Trillion debt. The difference? The deficit comes from a single year of being over budget (I.e. if we take in $2 trillion this year, but spend $3 trillion then we have a $1 trillion deficit). The debt comes from yearly deficits (summed up over time). It represents the total amount we still owe. Part of the reason while people don't take politics seriously is that they talk about reducing the deficits by some amount (maintaining a deficit) and then hope that the debt will someday go away...

        February 27, 2012 at 8:56 am |
  5. Dead Man Blogging

    The Secretary of State condemns Assad in Syria for trying to crush political dissent. Then, she goes on record here complaining about those who would crticise Obama? The freedom to speak out against those in power is a fundamental right in a democracy. Years of Political Correctness in the US have made some Democrats forget that.

    February 27, 2012 at 7:58 am | Reply
    • me138

      i agree up until the democracy part the U.S. is not a democracy.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:01 am | Reply
      • jellybean

        More like a theocracy bought and paid by corporations.

        February 27, 2012 at 8:04 am |
    • humberto

      Clinton is in trouble with the criminal courts in Egypt for obstructing justice.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:07 am | Reply
    • Northlite

      My God! You petty little fascist. Here your American Taliban party wants to stick probes up a women's privates, wants to take away seniors social security and medicaid, wants the poor to starve to death or die from lack of healthcare, but you blame Obama. Republicans are just self-serving liars, duping the ignorant trailer trash with coded Geobbels-like messages while they take their profits to the bank. Republicans are just stalking horses for the corporate elite.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:08 am | Reply
      • jnpa

        You said it all!

        February 27, 2012 at 8:17 am |
      • humberto

        You people are so stupid, you'll probably re-elect him.

        February 27, 2012 at 8:19 am |
      • Jamie

        Pretty much. Just ignore them and hope they cry themselves out...

        February 27, 2012 at 8:23 am |
      • arpadthemagyar

        Do you wake up every day to Woody Guthrie songs or the Internationale?

        February 27, 2012 at 8:32 am |
  6. CN Red

    I say we burn some more of their bibles and let them riot and kill one another. Be done with them all together.

    February 27, 2012 at 7:58 am | Reply
    • whodacares

      Yes, I wish this would happen to all of the "Christians" in the US.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:34 am | Reply
      • jellybean

        "Wish" perfect word to use because it will never happen. Christians are civilized and towel heads are barbarian dogs.

        February 27, 2012 at 8:39 am |
  7. ReganWasSENILEandCORRUPT

    Hey Derriqueen or whatever you name is, A little bitter after loading planes in the hot sun for too long? You seemed like you were trying to make your self sound like a real hero / johnny groundpounder, But alas you're just a servant to flyboys and probably have only heard distant gunfire. Baptist College explains a lot of your misguided, hatefully racist logic.

    The president and COMMANDER IN CHEIF (i.e. your boss, like him or not) is doing troops a favor by taking some heat off of them. Someone made a mistake by burning someone elses holy book. You having been brainwashed by one of the most hateful bigoted churches in the world probably doesn't help you understand that although you should identify with zelotry quite well.

    We are in THEIR land burinng THEIR holy books. It is a country that isn't even third world and they only understand that we have been forcfully occupying their home and pissing all over the things they hold sacred. Would you like it if police from a different county came to your trailor and moved in and started urinating all over your prized Jean-Claude Van Damme VHS collection? probably not. Would you shoot someone over it? someone invading your home, tough guy? would you expect someone to apologize if it was done by mistake?

    The presidents job is to be above the rabid mentality of internet john waynes like yourself and to do things with honor. something they obviously missed teaching you in the air force.

    February 27, 2012 at 7:55 am | Reply
    • humberto

      He followed orders like everyone else in the military.
      unlike thoes that did a half ass job.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:02 am | Reply
  8. Ronald Hussein Reagan

    The Liberal medi is a myuth which owes its persistence to two factrors:

    February 27, 2012 at 7:47 am | Reply
  9. Ronald Hussein Reagan

    The Liberal mdia is a muth which owes its prsistence to two factors:

    February 27, 2012 at 7:46 am | Reply
  10. Ronald Hussein Reagan

    The Linberal mdia is a muth which owes its prsistence to two factors:

    February 27, 2012 at 7:45 am | Reply
  11. Balanced99

    If CNN were really a news channel – where journalist cover an issue and investigate ..... they would have taken to the time to ask how this differs from the last three years of the last presidency. They would have gone back and pulled the quotes from Clinton, Obama, Pelosi and those who ran for congress.

    Does anyone realize how comfortable these hypocrites are when interviewing with most of the media?

    February 27, 2012 at 7:43 am | Reply
    • humberto

      Not only did hey prop up Reagan with propaganda, they witchhunted for them.

      February 27, 2012 at 7:50 am | Reply
  12. The Veteran

    She is right. GOP hateful rhetoric undermines her message that America is there to help the Afghan people.

    Listen people: If the GOP gets back in office, we will be in another war. They talk to much, and spew too much bravado, when none of them look like they can fight their way out of a paper bag.

    We don't need hot heads and big mouths in office. We need cool heads; smart, intelligent.

    Obama/Clinton 2012!!!

    Repubicans should never get back in the Oval Office.

    February 27, 2012 at 7:37 am | Reply
    • J R Brown

      Outside of honoring the reduction in forces agreement signed by GWB in Iraq before Obama was elected, exactly what has Obama done to get us out of any wars?

      February 27, 2012 at 7:42 am | Reply
    • duke5343

      Vet you must be kidding, Obama has broken the US Constitution rules over and over, he does not want to follow the rules, wants to make up his own as he goes, if his policies continue for 4+ more years the US will be in Great Depression #2. If the media would tell the Truth about Obama I believe your opinion would be the same as we had of Jimmy Carter in 79 – be careful what you wish for

      February 27, 2012 at 7:46 am | Reply
    • GEdwards

      You're right - the constant criticism of Pres Bush WAS necessary and appropriate, and certainly didn't undermine his efforts.

      But pointing out that Pres Obama is ONCE AGAIN apologizing for America is wrong. If only the hateful GOP would ALSO apologize, those who hate the US would accept the apologies and we'd all live happily ever after.

      And d@mn those GOP candidates for getting us in that war with Libya. Pres Obama didn't want to, but the GOP FORCED him to unilaterally enter into hostilities and ignore the Constitution.

      I hope you don't vote.

      February 27, 2012 at 7:57 am | Reply
    • Mark Bernadiner

      If Obama is elected, goodbye America and Constitution, hello caliohate and interpol.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:01 am | Reply
      • whodacares

        Well maybe if the GOP could put an intelligent option up there… Oh wait, I don't know if that's even possible to find.

        February 27, 2012 at 8:38 am |
  13. Joe

    The issue is more basic than that. Did the apology help? The results speak from themselves. We are dealing with people who think that women have the same rights as dogs. We are dealing with people who, if they could kill us all, they would...

    February 27, 2012 at 7:27 am | Reply
    • humberto

      What, ni more dancing on parkay wood floors with horses ?

      February 27, 2012 at 7:36 am | Reply
    • searoses

      sound like your talking about, our very own GOD love them GOP.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:07 am | Reply
  14. cop

    So let's just swallow "stupidity" and learn to live with it...right?

    February 27, 2012 at 7:26 am | Reply
  15. Rick

    Not helpful. But it is the only way this president will actually listen to the people instead of just running with his own ideology of what he thinks we should do.

    Obama's policies do not represent the voice of the people. Obama's policies are liberal left wing cr@p that will bankrupt us and in the end fail.

    February 27, 2012 at 7:23 am | Reply
    • The Veteran

      Yes, listen to this American, who says that trickle down economic theory, endless wars, and the religion of the Pharisees (the GOP ideology) is not what we want. Quit thinking that you speak for America. Half of America voted for him because we did not like that stuff cramed down OUR throats.

      Bush was the worst President in my lifetime, and the reason I retired from the Air Force.

      February 27, 2012 at 7:31 am | Reply
      • Kevin

        I don't know Vet. If Obama isn't beating Bush on the worst president he's a close second and I'm old enough to remember Carter and his sweater. I, too, don't like endless wars and GOP religion crammed down my throat even as a Republican but Obama has his own religion and it drives him to wage a holy war on those of us who are successful in this country. His class warfare is no less dangerous and no more tolerable then Bush and his cronies waging war on the Taliban.

        February 27, 2012 at 7:37 am |
      • Cobra-212

        The question of who is worst will be a debate for a long time to come. In my book they are both big let downs for America. That isn't the point of the story. When Bush was in office the Democrats criticized anything and everything he did. Now that Obama is in office the Democrats want to say criticism isn't helpful. That's being hypocritical. Also, in this country we have freedom of speech and if we don't like something, we have the right (and in my book the duty) to speak up and let our government know if we disagree. What Mrs. Clinton is suggesting is that we simply shut up and not challenge the ideas or actions of our president with which we don't agree. That's how authoritarian dictatorships are run, not America. You are correct that 50% of the people voted for Obama, but remember that means that 50% didn't. Don't expect half the country to simply be quiet and accept anything he does when it runs contrary to our beliefs and in many cases the very basis on which our country was founded.

        February 27, 2012 at 7:43 am |
      • duke5343

        Hey Vet living on Gov pension? Nice, Worst president was handss down Jimmy Carter with Obama #2, LBJ #3. WHat has Obama done? Forced Healthcare on US which when it runs out of $$ it could effect your pension. He raised spending by $4 Trillion, raised Welfare spending by $200 billlion, FOod stamps now up to 67 million collecting, Fast & Furious with his ANTI Gun B.S. back door deals with Unions which is why he bailed out GM & C. SHut down Keystone so his #2 handler could contiue to ship Dirty Canada crude via RAIL while Keystone phase 1 pumps 4350000 barrels per day to midwest USA, dont hear that on Commie News. It is the Hidden facts that confuse so many & with the lying left Liberal media it his hard to find the facts

        February 27, 2012 at 7:52 am |
      • GEdwards

        You don't want trickle down????? So you'd rather see the wages of the lowest group of wage earners be 18% lower than they are? And for the middle class, the 60% of wage earners in the middle, you think it would be good if their paychecks were about 40% lower?????

        Go google the CBO report issued last October. Incomes in those brackets are that much greater after inflation and after taxes than they were in 1970.

        PLEASE tell me you don't vote.

        February 27, 2012 at 8:01 am |
    • humberto

      Take it to court freeman?

      February 27, 2012 at 7:32 am | Reply
    • Justinstl

      I sure hope so! It's the only way to break down the power and wealth of the greedy.....take their money away....more importantly take away the ability for them to prosper any more at the expense of the rest of the people until it is made so that EVERYONE can prosper at the same rate if they work for it. Working for it does not mean step on others and make it so that the less fortunate can never have a chance to even eat of have a home.
      But that is not Obama's agenda....It should be though! Goal one...make the US dollar WORTHLESS! DESTROY THE WEALTH AND POWER OF THE GREEDY! LOL

      February 27, 2012 at 7:37 am | Reply
      • Bob B

        Perhaps you should move to Cuba or Venezuela.

        February 27, 2012 at 7:49 am |
      • duke5343

        Less fortune Eat and live in a HOME? Really it is called WORKING for it- Earn it- so many in USA are living on Uncle Sams Plantation collecting FREE Home, Food, Cell phones, Illegal status, free healthcare- etc. FOR what? A Dem VOter base, that is the reason the POOR get so much for FREE to become Dem voters.

        Yes give Cuba a shot, Russia 40 years ago or Chavez in Venz- you dont know how good you have it

        February 27, 2012 at 7:55 am |
      • Justinstl

        No Bob B .....perhaps the greedy and wealthy should pack up and leave the country and go to a place where they can be greedy and have all the power they want to...and RULE over control and keep down the the people there.

        February 27, 2012 at 7:55 am |
      • Justinstl

        Duke5343...The Dems aren't the ones complaining about all of this. It is the Greedy wealthy and republicans. The point is If YOU dont like it YOU can leave.
        You wealthy people say to the less fortunate to go work for it. The less fortunate WORK harder than the wealthy and fortunate. They work much harder but get nowhere near the pay that you get for stepping on the less fortunate. They simply have no chance. Why would an education cost so much so that only the rich can afford it. Why does it take an education to do the same job day in and day out that does not require any skills at all cept the skill of cheating people?
        If the people complaining about it would just pack up and leave there would be no problem.

        February 27, 2012 at 8:47 am |
  16. jkegor

    Perhaps Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton should resign so the American People can move on.

    February 27, 2012 at 7:11 am | Reply
    • humberto

      They would love that, that recoups nothing.

      February 27, 2012 at 7:16 am | Reply
  17. a

    So let me get this straight we apologized because some soldiers burned some qurans that had extremist messages in them from some detainees. I admit the way it was handled was wrong. They should of gotten with someone of the religion on how to dispose of them. I say we just pull out there let them kill themselves and when they try to harm to anyone else we take military action and stop playing around.

    February 27, 2012 at 7:05 am | Reply
    • humberto

      What's the matter Johnny, can't you read?

      February 27, 2012 at 7:14 am | Reply
    • Scott

      For one, how are we American Soldiers supposed to know we are burning a Koran as they are written in the native Dari or Pashto language, transliterated into Arabic writing??? Ironically, I can probably read more than the average Afhgan since the literacy rate here is 43% for males and 12% for females.
      And, I'd be willing to bet that someone did ask a curtural expert or translator if it was okay to burn those materials.

      February 27, 2012 at 7:49 am | Reply
      • Scott

        Oh yeah, and according to what we were taught in our many hours of cultural sensitivity prior to deployment by an Afghan, a Koran is only a Koran if it's in Arabic. I specifically asked the guy a question about this because there are parallel language "Korans". Apparently they believe The Koran, as God's literal word, can only be comprehended in the majestic and glorious Arabic language in which it was revealed. Anything else, one word added or removed, in Arabic or any other language, is just a study guide...

        February 27, 2012 at 8:08 am |
  18. B4Real2Me

    Now let some Muslims burn a Bible or God forbid the American flag and some Americans would go crazy and want to send in the infantry... but yet just because we're Americans we can disrespect others... how arrogant and ignorant!!!

    February 27, 2012 at 7:01 am | Reply
    • jkegor

      Ignorant? Yes you are. The books were burned because they, themselves defaced them with terrorist messages.
      Read the facts before you expell from your mouth.
      CNN, Why do I have to click "Publicar" instead of POST???????????

      February 27, 2012 at 7:16 am | Reply
    • Justinstl

      oH PLEASE! Whats the big deal a book or a flag are not people! They are both just symbols of EVILS and ideas that dont mean diddly. Get over it! So they burned a bible and a flag....big deal its the same as kids calling names in a school yard. BIG DEAL!

      February 27, 2012 at 7:42 am | Reply
  19. rs1201

    Hillary clinton should remember that this is a free country and one of our many human rights is free speech. Obama's apology would have been acceptable had Karzai also apologized for the American loss of lives. American lives are not worthless and both Obama and Clinton should remember that...because, certainly, the American people will remember it in Nov 2012.

    February 27, 2012 at 6:38 am | Reply
    • Charlie

      I see, so Criticism of Bush was helpful but criticizing Obama is not. What a lousy piece of crap lying hypocrite this loser is.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:44 am | Reply
      • humberto

        their the same, their both lying for their so called, pissterity. both should be criminally tried and denied the foundation money garnered thru their deceit .

        February 27, 2012 at 7:11 am |
      • quinLee

        I'll tell you the OBVIOUS difference. No if, ands, buts about it, Bush was a f-n frack up. He and his puppet master fracked up things so badly that it's going to take years to fix it. He fracked up sh!t that you and I will never know about. He fracked up so bad that Republicans dare not utter his name. He fracked up so bad that he's scurried off to exile. More people saw Big Foot last year than W. You and rest of your fellow idiots alike keep sipping on that ignorant juice and S-T-F-U while the grown-ups take charge and fix this mess. Frackn idiots.

        February 27, 2012 at 8:47 am |
    • Stuck in the Middle

      Obama's apology was appropriate, period. Burning the books was wrong. The reaction is also wrong but that doesn't make the trigger right. Far too many Obama haters thinking with their trigger fingers instead of their brains.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:50 am | Reply
      • Donald

        Do you even know why the books were burned? The detainees were desecrating the books by writing inscriptions in them. The US was trying to follow protocol by destroying the book per muslim belief however went about it the wrong way. Honestly, the west would have looked bad destroying the book for any reason as well as allowing the book to remain with the inscriptions. The thing to know is that in AMERICA we do have the right to criticize. Funny how everyone thinks the right is taking away liberties but Clinton is the second DEM to try and restrict freedoms. Bev Perdue was the other one. Look her up.

        February 27, 2012 at 7:04 am |
  20. Maggie

    In the Bush era, mcCain and the republican candidates would have been denounced as unpatriotic. It is clearer thn ever that the likes of Gingrich and santorum do not have the diplomatic skills necessary for this office and Romney is merely a parrot to whatever "feels" conservative to say.

    February 27, 2012 at 6:33 am | Reply
    • Flex

      Go have a brain scan...ASAP.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:56 am | Reply
  21. Philabias

    Its sad to think that bernie madoff would have been a better prez than the obamanation and would have lost and sqandered and stole less money. i have never seen such a worthless anti american trash as obama. the dem party has gone ignorrant, my dad is rolling in his grave. this has been the worst 4 years of my 59 year life and i cant believe americans are stupid enough to vote him in to office, and god help us if he gets re-elected.

    February 27, 2012 at 6:32 am | Reply
    • Maggie

      Trash? Get ready for four more compared to the clowns competing against said trash.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:35 am | Reply
    • mark

      so what who cares about your daddy . Hopefully he is not as ignorant as you

      February 27, 2012 at 6:55 am | Reply
    • Mike

      Ironic that you say this is has been the worst four year span in your life because YOUR generation is the one that has managed to screw everything up.

      It's not about Obama. You boomers have been messing up for years and years and the only "problem" is that you're ending up having to reap some of what you've sown.

      I love it when boomers go on with their "We have to protect our children/children's children's futures" as if they really care. If you boomers really cared we wouldn't be in the situation we're in right now. Your actions say a lot more than your words.

      February 27, 2012 at 7:18 am | Reply
      • duke5343

        Mike you sound like a LEFT Wing Progressive- Refuse to review History just look forward – Quick history lesson
        1965 LBJ & Dem led house and senate vote to ROB excess money from S/S so he can pay off buddies for Nam & ramp up the military & to begin LBJ Free programs to buy votes- see the poor & blacks supported Repubs until then- LBJ pushe to pass the Civil Rights bill- his speach was "IF We pass this bill EVERY Negro will Vote Dem for 200 years" (he use bad 4 letter word)- THe USG has been robbing the excess in S/S EVERY year to pay for these free programs which is how the Dems built a voter base of poor, Union and Minorities – Est the USG owes US CItizens $6.5 Trillion dolleras or 56% of the Debt in 2009. The dems in their fight for votes & with the Unions who single handed destroyed more US jobs than NAFTA, the USG began losing all the money the BOOOMERS paid into S/S for last 40 years & you can bank on the fact the USG is going to DEFAULT on All of US

        February 27, 2012 at 8:04 am |
    • quinLee

      You my friend are an idiot. So, someone just flipped a switch when Obama got elected and your life turned to sh!t. Judging by your level of thinking, me thinks your life has been pretty miserable for..say the last 59 years. Too bad the ignorance didn’t die with your daddy.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:59 am | Reply
  22. Jeff Block

    First, everyone associated with the Koran burning should be investigated, demoted and the lead officer should step down. The President was right to submit an apology. Anyone of those Republicans would have had to do the same thing. At some point, party affiliation must be set aside when you are the leader of the nation.
    Second, who in their wildest nightmares would have thought the entire Middle East would be in upheavel. I don't care who is the President, what do we actually or can we do? Oh I know, let's scare the white Christians and the rich in America into thinking our President is our enemy as well. Great platform to run on. I am sad for the first time in my life about where America is at right now. The Republicans have made a joke out of what America truelly stands for and I will be the first in line at the polls in November re-electing our President back for 4 more years.

    February 27, 2012 at 6:23 am | Reply
    • Richard Conn Henry

      Thanks, Jeff, for a great post. And thanks to our wonderful Secretary of State. And to our wonderful President!

      February 27, 2012 at 6:31 am | Reply
      • Philabias

        you can keep your worthless trash. the obamanation is the worst thing to happen to american in its entire 234 years. and i just cant believe the dems are that stupid. i find both parties are killing us but some americans are just to stupid to survive without the nanny state

        February 27, 2012 at 6:37 am |
    • MollyBee

      You said it better than I could have. The GOP has sunk to such lows over the last 3 years, it is difficult to fathom.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:32 am | Reply
    • yuhmad

      thank you

      February 27, 2012 at 7:40 am | Reply
  23. Joe

    It is ok to slam a GOP president, but not a liberal failure. Shellack the democrats again this election. The Party of Blame.

    February 27, 2012 at 6:05 am | Reply
    • stateschool

      Why is it that the conservatives who quote neo-con talk radio hosts always have such poor spelling and grammar? What is "shellack," Joe, and is it anything like shellac? Four more years.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:19 am | Reply
      • ARBIE

        You trip over acorns! You got the message! Communicate tripper.

        February 27, 2012 at 6:29 am |
      • mark

        It is a republican word .

        February 27, 2012 at 6:57 am |
      • Jim

        shel·lac also shel·lack (sh-lk)
        n.
        1. A purified lac in the form of thin yellow or orange flakes, often bleached white and widely used in varnishes, paints, inks, sealants, and formerly in phonograph records.
        2. A thin varnish made by dissolving this substance in denatured alcohol, used to finish wood.
        3. An old phonograph record containing this substance, typically played at 78 rpm.
        tr.v.
        1. shel·lacked also shel·lacked, shel·lack·ing also shel·lack·ing, shel·lacs also shel·lacks To coat or finish with shellac.
        2. Slang
        a. To strike repeatedly and severely; batter.
        b. To defeat decisively.

        February 27, 2012 at 7:05 am |
      • duke5343

        StateSchool – living off the System are you a tenured professor training 20 year olds to be Liberal Zombies? why is it when people bring up FACTS the Liberal LEft ATTACKS the Writter? See this a lot on COmmie News Network- long live Socialism eh? worked to well in Cuba, CHina, Russia & 99% of every country it has beed tried & that is the direction Obama the Kenyan & Community organizer is taking us

        February 27, 2012 at 8:08 am |
    • Mark Taylor

      This is not about Democrats and Republicans, it's about right and wrong. The people making the criticisms claim to be followers of Christ but the reaction is far from Christ-like. Do No Harm, Go About Doing Good, Keep the Ordinances of God. Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:35 am | Reply
      • Cobra-212

        Mark – Do no harm is a good policy for a peaceful society, but if you blindly follow that rule, then you ignore the fact that there will always be people who won't. Caveating that with do no harm until necessary to prevent harm to yourself or others, would be something I could buy. In this case terrorist in detention had written notes to other terrorists all over these Qur'an and for the protection of the innocent people whom the Taliban attack, these books needed to be destroyed. Doing it in this manner was incorrect, but needing to destroy them was not wrong. To me it would have been wrong to allow these books to get into the hands of other Taliban outside the walls of the detention center.

        February 27, 2012 at 7:59 am |
    • Vince

      I agree. He has failed to clean up the massive deficits left by the republicans as usual. From under 5 trillion to 10.3 trillion debt in 8 years?!?!? With 1.3 TRILLION a year still being lost. And after 2 years of fillibustering EVERY attempt to raise the taxes back before the Bush breaks for the wealthy that caused over 800 BILLION a year the problems remain uncorrected. Republicans are traitors to this country that sold their souls for money. The democrats are not a party of their own, just the not repulican party.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:35 am | Reply
    • Justinstl

      You Wealthy and Republican people are despicable! You show no respect towards the president or your country. You have no regard toward the people of this nation....unless they are wealthy and willing to step on others just as you have done.
      Obama is NOT a failure.....the only people he has failed is the wealthy people who have no regard for the common well being of EVERYONE in this country. It's about time that someone stood up for the less fortunate people who would never have half the chance of a better today let alone tomorrow. Of coarse he would not have to step up and give people the much needed that makes a difference had the wealthy and greedy themselves of stood up and done the right thing for EVERYONE all along. The days of EXTREME CAPITALISTIC EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF are OVER! It's time that you greedy people realize this and realize that you are the bad apples of the bunch that are destroying this country in your quest for extreme wealth and power. To simplify it....THERE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE THAN MONEY POWER.
      Your money and power will do nothing for you at all when we are (and will be) faced with a complete economic crash.....money will be worthless....you could though use it to burn and heat your homes when that time comes.....but I'm sure you would rather freeze to death than to burn your precious money.
      Why don't the wealthy want everyone to have the ability to prosper???

      February 27, 2012 at 7:27 am | Reply
      • duke5343

        Sure, I have noted that Michelle took her 16th vacation at a BILLIONAIRES home in CO to go skiing, she was not feeding the needy or distrubuting money to the poor. YOU keep the change and i will keep the money i worked for- BE Careful what you wish for as Obummer is runing us into the ground as is rest of Dem party- TOO badyou cannot get HONEST Reporting with REAL FACTS- they maybe your opinon would be different

        February 27, 2012 at 8:11 am |
      • Cobra-212

        Interesting rant. What you are saying is that the people who were creative, industrious, committed, and willing to sacrifice for success are bad because they used the tools available to everyone of us and achieved more success than you (they got rich). They are the ones holding you back, right? What you instead pontificate on is taking from those people who worked for their success and giving it to those who didn't take advantage of the freedoms in this country to achieve whatever they could and become all that they can be. It is not the rich who suppress others, they simply use their freedoms to achieve. I suggest you take a look in a mirror and ask yourself if you truly deserve to be so jealous of those who have achieved, since you obviously haven't done what it takes to achieve the same things. As only a second generation American, I started from nothing, continuously educated myself, worked my entire life for others (never owned my own business or inherited anything from my family) and now fall into the category you consider rich. Well let me tell you that you don't deserve a single penny of what I worked to achieve. There are others much much wealthier, but rather than despise them, I study them to understand what they did to accomplish this and decide if those type of thing fit into my moral standards of life. If not then I acknowledge that some are willing to go to lengths I'm not comfortable with to achieve their success, but as long as they follow the law, I respect them for their achievements. Where you should focus your attention is on the politicians of both parties, who over the years have set up the "laws" that allow some people to unfairly take advantage of others. It is human nature to do everything we can to achieve success within the law, but if the politicians distort the laws, it should be changing those politicians and those laws we should focus on and not the people who achieved success.

        February 27, 2012 at 8:11 am |
      • Justinstl

        Cobra....no one is saying you do not earn your money what I am saying is your greed for more and more is what holds people back. You when costs go up still make the same profit...forcing costs to go up for others. You get raises every year but the real workers who do real physical work do not .....why? because you continue to prosper.

        February 27, 2012 at 8:53 am |
      • Justinstl

        Cobra....those tools that you spoke of ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE....ONLY FOR THE WEALTHY. Not every less fortunate person is on government assistance as you people keep saying. Most people work 2 full time jobs and sacrifice more than you ever had/have to and still cant make ends meet because everything is so expensive ....allowing you to keep making more and more!

        February 27, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • Neocons Are Scum

      When Obama wins the next election, here's hoping that you and your kind off themselves.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
  24. Al Shipton

    Hillary Clinton, keep your filthy mouth shut! Stupid warmonger C U N T!

    February 27, 2012 at 6:00 am | Reply
    • stateschool

      Wow. Does somebody have some repressed mommy issues, or what?

      February 27, 2012 at 6:15 am | Reply
    • Richard Conn Henry

      Potty mouth! Potty mouth! Stand in the corner for ten minutes!

      February 27, 2012 at 6:33 am | Reply
    • Justinstl

      Why slam Clinton....the only thing your precious freak republicans would/could do for the world community woulod be to pray for them and try to convert the rest of the world to your evil Christianity.

      February 27, 2012 at 7:29 am | Reply
  25. Anti Obozo

    This clown deserves all the criticism he is getting and more, the coward Obozo is a bigger failure then Carter.

    February 27, 2012 at 5:42 am | Reply
    • humberto

      thanks to information he received from a politically right wing military criminal cabal.

      February 27, 2012 at 5:46 am | Reply
    • humberto

      What is a BBC article about a risky mission supposed to do ?
      How Isreal might strike at Iran by Jothan Marcus –
      Isn't there criminal Laws about plotting
      like that ?
      this guy planning everything except how to cleanup the radio active mess .

      February 27, 2012 at 6:09 am | Reply
    • Greg

      Go ahead and continue to concentrate SOOO hard on how bad the president is! I am 50 years old and this is the very first time in my life that I've ever heard one party continually lambast the president for every move he makes. Even if he does something small that should be insignificant in the minds of most the screaming goes on. The SAME screaming that started EVEN BEFORE the election. The Republican party and their supporters are showing the rest of the country something they have never seen before. It's extremely unprofessional and childish in nature. The more screaming we all hear the scarier the notion becomes that these are actually people who are asking to run our country.
      Now I do NOT see Mr. Obama as the ultimate choice as our leader at this point. It may be absolutely obvious that we do need someone with an administration who truly knows how to lead the nation.
      But I am appalled that anyone would think the way the Republicans are conducting themselves would think this is the way to go about things. I would be embarassed to associate myself with such behavior.
      The more they scream and act in this way, the more they ENSURE the Republican party's rejection come election time and that Mr. Obama will most assuredly be elected once again and we will NOT end up with what is needed for leadership. If there is any true intelligent thaught given, if the given interests are serious about ensuring we have another chance for another president, it is time for them to just shut their mouths about Obama and finally begin to focus all their energy on TRULY educating the public on their alternative plans.
      All the time wasted screaming about Obama (something that will NEVER convince people to vote against him) is time that was NEVER spent on the true answers the American people want to hear.
      What is it the American people want to hear at this point? Is there some wierd thaught that somehow the American people are being educated by all the screaming about his shortfalls? They are being educated about how psychopathic Republican behavior has become. IF the American people are going to vote Republican, it will not be because the Republicans spent all thier time discrediting each other and Obama. IF the majority of the American people vote Republican it will be because they used their intellect to assess the economic ideologies presented by the Republicans. Now you tell me? What are they spending more time on? Criticizing one another and Obama or presenting new innovative ways to address our economy? What answers have they given the American people? What have they brought forth to convince those independent voters, to win over the skeptical traditional Democrat supporter? What have they done to win over the latino or African Ameircan voter? There should be absolutely NO need to appease those traditionally dedicated Republican voters as they are in the bag. The true focus needs to be on convincing those that have NOT been Republican voters in the past and WHAT....WHAT are doing to make that happen? That is the only way they can win against Obama, otherwise despite Obama's shortfalls they actually paint Mr. Obama as the only grownup intelligent alternative.
      Why, why , why are they acting like such little children?????? It's destroying the whole process!!

      February 27, 2012 at 6:42 am | Reply
      • Scott H

        @Greg- where were you from 2005-2008, when the Dems lambasted Bush constanty? Or when liberal operatives charged the stage at the RNC for McCain. (Can you imagine what would have happened if a conservative group charged the stage at the DNC at Denver? Greg, to not notice those things, (or curiously overlook them) clearly points you out to being a liberal. Remember when Nancy Pelosi defended her constant criticism of Bush as "dessention is the highest form of patriotism." Wake up Greg. See both sides.

        February 27, 2012 at 6:54 am |
  26. TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

    When we finally pull out of Afghanistan, I know the Islamic terrorists will stop trying to kill us because they'll think we're a good and decent country and that our president apologized and made us non infidels.
    "You've been listening to MSNBC, where we read the news as it's sent over by the White House, and Chris Matthews gets his booze money."

    February 27, 2012 at 5:13 am | Reply
    • humberto

      What do you mean We, Me ?

      The Preaident apologized on behalf of the USA because someone messed up and thats a fact, the rest of the Me post is baloney too.

      February 27, 2012 at 5:27 am | Reply
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        Opinions vary H – Happy Motoring!

        February 27, 2012 at 5:29 am |
      • humberto

        Mr Regal there – someone didn't burn the books completely, IT's not matter of your opinion get the picture

        February 27, 2012 at 5:38 am |
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        And, it is a non issue except to religious zealots who can't see the forest through the trees. F them...

        February 27, 2012 at 5:40 am |
    • humberto

      ME WE

      February 27, 2012 at 5:28 am | Reply
    • humberto

      The armed forces are down sizing too,
      did they care about their career men ?

      February 27, 2012 at 5:32 am | Reply
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        I hope the US military isn't gutted like a fish as it was under Carter.

        February 27, 2012 at 5:39 am |
    • RonaldAlzheimersAddledReagan

      Someone's been watching Fox Entertainment News again.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:25 am | Reply
    • Wronganswer

      When we finally pull out of Afghanistan, I know the Islamic terrorists will stop trying to kill us because they'll think we're a good and decent country and that our president apologized and made us non infidels.
      Just because we apoligized doesn't mean we are non infidels. According to Islamic faith we are. Not only that the US is the Big Satan and Israel the Little Satan. You either convert or die according to the Quran. We are infidels in there eyes. “Take not the Jews and Christians for friends ... slay the idolaters [infidels] wherever ye find them. ...Fight against those who ... believe not in Allah nor the Last Day” (Sura 5:51; 9:5,29,41).Surah 2:256 “Let there be no compulsion in Religion.” This would be a rational position if practiced as a standard, however Muslims disallow the Bible (as well as other books of religion) in their countries and do not give people a choice. They do not want to engage in dialogue or allow freedom of choice when they are in control. To present the Bibles Gospel is tantamount to aggression, so one is labeled an infidel, and the use of force can be used to restrain him. The rest of this verse says “Truth stands out Clear from Error: whoever Rejects Evil and believes in Allah hath grasped, the most trustworthy Hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth And knoweth all things.” This verse seems to imply that those who embrace Islam willingly are accepted. There are many other verses backing this up. This is not my opinion but that which is written in the Quran. Information was taken from Welcome to Let Us Reason Ministries site.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:39 am | Reply
      • thetruth

        I really hate when people try and qoute from any Holy book. If you take passages out of the Bible without looking at the sentence before or after it's full of fire and brimstone and you can make it say whatever you want. If you are going to site from a source please use the actual book rather than some source that has it's own agenda. As far as Muslims hating Christians try looking up (Surah 2.62). Just in case your trusted source doesn't mention it.....Surely those who believe and those are Jews, Christians, and Sabians, whoever believes in Allah (God) and the Last day and does good shall have their reward from the Lord and this is no fear for them, nor shall they greive. (Surah 3.3 – He has revealed to you the Book with thruth, verifying that which is before it and he revealed the Torah and the Injil (Book of Jesus).

        These 2 Surahs alone to me say Muslims do not hate Christians and those that do are not following true Islam.

        All this religion vs. religion made me acutally go and do the right thing and actually read a Quran rather than searching the internet and going with whatever someone else said about it. You should really try that method. Surah 2 actually is more about Moses leading the Jews out of slavery. Surah 3 is basically the Book or Abraham and it even has it in the virgin Birth of Jesus By Mary Surah 3.44-45).

        February 27, 2012 at 9:02 am |
      • Wronganswer

        thetruth, I do agree there are Muslims that are peace loving. But unfortunately they aren't represented much threw out the world. Main media doesn't say much if anything about Christian persecution around the world from radical Muslims factions. There are many different tribes that teach variations of the Quran some peace, some not. I believe Bin Laden was a Wahhabi and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a Shi'a. Both anti Isreal and US.

        February 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  27. ME

    President apologized because he is a very intelligent and dignified man who represents those of us who look for dialogue instead of bullets.
    Clinton is a brilliant woman.

    February 27, 2012 at 5:05 am | Reply
    • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

      Yeah. Right. OK.

      February 27, 2012 at 5:15 am | Reply
    • setnommarih

      I'm sick of the US apologizing about a book of mythology, as are all so-called religious books. Not one word has any proof whatsoever. That's like apologizing if you said something derogatory about Thor. That's enough with apologies.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:09 am | Reply
      • birther

        You better take it back about Thor before lightning strikes you down.

        February 27, 2012 at 6:26 am |
    • T i m

      clinton says she represents AMERICA . SHE DOES NOT REPRESENT ME . I DID NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA . She is following the same script OBAMA IS FOLLOWING . HE IS MUSLIM . HE WILL APOLOGIZE FOR US INFIDELS IGNORANCE . IT IS NOT OBAMAS FAULT HE INHERITED A NATION OF IGNORANT PEOPLE . HE FLEW ALL OVER THE WORLD DURING LAST ELECTION , APOLOGIZING FOR THE IGNORANCE OF AMERICA. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY STATE DELEGATES ARE GOING TO GIVE OBAMA PERMISSION TO CONTINUE TO DESTROY AMERICA AND CHRISTIANITY . WHY IS THERE NO DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER ..........My name is T i m

      February 27, 2012 at 6:21 am | Reply
      • RonaldAlzheimersAddledReagan

        Did you know that nearly 50% of Fox Entertainment News viewers believe that President Obama is actually a Muslim? How do you fight that kind of ignorance?

        February 27, 2012 at 6:28 am |
      • Chris

        Tim, for most people, the use of all-caps is a sure sign of stupidity and ignorance. This means you yell your opinions at people and you can't listen. This makes you are closed-minded fool who lives in their own world, unable to learn anything or change your opinion, so I certainly won't try to challenge any of the dim-witted things you wrote as I know it will fall on deaf ears.

        February 27, 2012 at 6:50 am |
    • J R Brown

      He represents ALL of us by having our military there in the first place, dialogue-boi.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:32 am | Reply
  28. gerald

    if democrats can critisize bush, then republicans can critisize obama, there is two sides to every coin mrs. clinton,

    February 27, 2012 at 4:48 am | Reply
    • MC

      Another partisan piece of trash, willing to endanger troop lives for poltical tit-for-tat.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:58 am | Reply
      • Rich T

        How is he endangering lives with that comment?

        February 27, 2012 at 5:10 am |
    • Mike Rusel

      Written like a true Republican, grammar and all.

      February 27, 2012 at 5:04 am | Reply
    • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

      He's brilliant. Gitmo – why are you still open?

      February 27, 2012 at 5:08 am | Reply
      • rabbits

        Gitmo is still open because nobody wants them in their back yard!

        February 27, 2012 at 5:31 am |
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        Wait, they are all innocent we were told.

        February 27, 2012 at 5:41 am |
      • RonaldAlzheimersAddledReagan

        Did Fox Entertainment News tell you they were innocent? Because our military figures only about a quarter of them are innocent.

        February 27, 2012 at 6:34 am |
      • youloze

        Becuase it still provides critical intelligence, like the intel that led to the killing OBL...Osama Bin Laden for the slow!

        February 27, 2012 at 7:16 am |
    • RonaldAlzheimersAddledReagan

      Did you know that K-12 students in red states perform, on average, nearly 10 percent lower on standardized tests than students in blue states? Do you think that's because they're just naturally stupid, or because they don't spend any money on education?

      February 27, 2012 at 6:32 am | Reply
      • chris

        You should read IowaHawk on Krugman before talking nonsense.

        February 27, 2012 at 9:21 am |
  29. Qev

    Well, time to get ready for work. It has been thrilling, fulfilling and, above all–ENTERTAINING. I look forward to all of your responses early on the morning of November 7th when many of you will no doubt be blaming Acorn, women voters and...let's see...'The Black Panthers'(Really?) for the outcome...oh! And no doubt you will all be predicting ' the end of the country, if not the world–AGAIN. Cheers!

    February 27, 2012 at 4:36 am | Reply
    • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

      Seems like the same jibber was said right before elections in November 2010...watch yer back!

      February 27, 2012 at 4:37 am | Reply
    • Derrique Stuckey

      Oh, believe me. The entertainment was all OURS. I sure hope you remembered to take a shower, because you looked pretty beat up. In all seriousness, it's been fun, but you've got a lot to learn. If you guys campaign like you post, then I suppose we can start electing a new President, as of now. No hard feelings when Obama doesn't make the cut, this time around. I would suggest bringing some ammo to the next forum war, because these blanks weren't getting you very far. Although there is no second place ribbon for debates, if YOU feel like a winner, that's all that really counts, right? 😉 Cheers!

      February 27, 2012 at 4:48 am | Reply
  30. Annaliesa

    For the record, I'm neither a Democrat nor a Republican.

    I don't think there was a good response to this – sorry was likely the lesser of the evils. Staying silent would have been inflaming, and a slew of hate speech would probably get our country bombed. Sorry atleast is an attempt to work towards peace, though I highly doubt we'll see peace in that area in our lifetime.

    I do not know the circumstances of this situation. The soldiers may have come off as disrespectful. There may have been a breakdown of communication between the troops and the Afghan people. Maybe there was a more proper way of burning the texts. Maybe this is all a big conspiracy to distract the US citizens to try to get us to accept the war as necessary and it didn't happen at all. What's most likely is the Afghans saw the books being burned and reacted.

    I suspect war will make you do that – react. Regardless of what side you're on, seeing your comrades get killed and being shot at will screw you up in the head. Things are going to always be perceived as threats, regardless of whether or not they're threatening. From an outsiders perspective, a lot of the actions taken by both sides are outright irrational. Does this make them right in all cases? Of course not. But in a sick, twisted way, these actions make sense.

    It's very unfortunate so many people are dying over something that won't be resolved. I feel for our troops – they're doing what they think is right the best they can, and they either die or come back home severely traumatized. I wish we'd get out of this war. Besides costing a lot of money, it feels like a lost cause. A

    February 27, 2012 at 4:28 am | Reply
    • Derrique Stuckey

      The problem is, these extremists would have reacted exactly the same, regardless of the path we took. That's why we call them 'extremists', and given half the chance in any scenario, they'll try to bomb us again. That's just what they do. They hate us, and there is no such thing as any kind of 'lesser evil' in any aspect of these scenarios. Obama is kissing their butts, while they are continue to kill us. If the 'best interest' of the U.S. HASN'T been compromised, I'd sure like to hear a prime example why.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:36 am | Reply
    • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

      Whether or not we are the occupying force or not, our troops have the right to defend themselves even to the death of the religious attackers. We already went through the "who are the good/bad guys?" back in Vietnam and thousands of Americans were slaughtered because we did nothing. Saying sorry or not is a point of view – you think it was correct and I do not.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:42 am | Reply
    • T i m

      america can not bring the troops home , because it shows weakness. CARTER SENT TROOPS TO IRAN , COUPLE OF FAILED MISSIONS . REAGAN GOT THE HOSTAGES FREED , JUST BY SIGNING IN . IRAN HAD NO RESPECT FOR CARTER . IRAN KNEW REAGAN WOULD BE THERE NEXT DAY . .......IT IS ALL POLITICS TO KEEP THE PEOPLE FIRED UP ........BRING OUR TROOPS HOME . LET THOSE PEOPLE KILL THEMSELVES . AMERICA DOES NOT NEED O P E C . THAT IS THE ONLY REASON AMERICA IS IN SOME ONES ELSES BACK YARD. PROTECTING AMERICAN INVESTMENTS ....RON PAUL WILL .BRING AMERICAN TROOPS HOME , NEXT DAY , PROTECT OUR BORDERS FROM RIGHT WHERE WE STAND . SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE DECADES AGO......AMERICAN GAS PRICE AT THE PUMP HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH O P E C . IT IS ALL OUR OWN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT . My name is T i m

      February 27, 2012 at 6:35 am | Reply
      • Bill

        You children better learn to start thinking for yourself instead of being spoon-fed from a FOX can before it's too late. Reagan dealt with the Iranians BEFORE he was elected. If you know what research is, type "Iran Contra" "Weapons for hostages" into a search engine. And btw, Carter let them ruin him because he wouldn't give in to whoever really runs the joint. Obama held out for 2 years and realized he had to to do any good for us. Once he's re-elected I think we're going to see the 1st real president in 50 years.Anyone else winning will make ua all pray to be back under Bush-Cheney fascism

        February 27, 2012 at 7:15 am |
  31. Tim Rigney

    Listen: al Qaeda HATES us. They have NOT gone away. Wishful thinking will not change that. There's still tens of thousands of members and they'res still actively recruiting. They'll make another massive mass-casualty attack against United States civilians again if given half a chance.
    THREE THOUSAND innocent men, women and children died that day, most of whom were civilians.
    The United States must NOT allow that to happen again. We had and continue to have the right to defend ourselves.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:26 am | Reply
    • Derrique Stuckey

      I guess liberals all pool that with the 'death' of Bin Laden, al-Qaeda just magically vanished, along with him. In other words, Obama's biggest 'claim to fame' really didn't have an effect on anything. Come campaign season, that's ALL he has. It's not like he can campaign on actual economic success.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:30 am | Reply
      • Tim Rigney

        Believe it or not I'm a Liberal Democrat and an Obama supporter; and I agree with him fiscally. Not all of us believe as the "talking heads" on tv; in fact, i.m.o. a large percentage of us don't. We do have the ability to think for ourselves, 'ya know..... 😉

        February 27, 2012 at 4:36 am |
      • Derrique Stuckey

        Tim, congratulations on having a few brain cells. No offense, but that seems to be quite rare with your party. It's actually encouraging to hear that not everyone is going with Obama, just because they feel sorry for him. Having said that, this post probably wasn't directed at you. It was directed at the majority. =)

        February 27, 2012 at 4:38 am |
      • Tim Rigney

        Would you believe me if I told you that most Democrats seem to have the same opinion of most Republicans? . . . . 😉

        February 27, 2012 at 4:51 am |
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        The problem isn't with the middle left/right or independents, it is with the extreme left and right as usual.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:54 am |
      • MC

        Another useless half-wit heard from. In fact AQ is so damaged now it can't even operate.

        February 27, 2012 at 5:00 am |
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        MC heard that from Daily Kos – they went and counted all the AQ operatives from all over the world. What a DOPE!

        February 27, 2012 at 5:09 am |
      • Tim Rigney

        MC – They're heavily damaged. THREE THOUSAND innocent civilians died on that day. al Qaeda must be COMPLTELY, ONE HUNDRED PERCENT obliterated. al-Zawahiri is still out there; he's completely determined to damage the United States as badly as possible, he's highly intelligent and he's recruiting. Now is not the time to stop. They have to be completely gone. The "moment" the U.S. drops its guard they'll regroup. They *HATE* us. They hate YOU. NOTHING will change that.

        February 27, 2012 at 5:35 am |
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        MC probably thinks they are victims...

        February 27, 2012 at 5:42 am |
      • Bill

        Al-Qaeda is an idea, kind of like The Ghost Dance of the Sioux, or the Kamikaze of WWII Japan. You'll have that when your people are being wiped out. It originated as a CIA operation.

        February 27, 2012 at 7:33 am |
      • Ronald Hussein Reagan

        Barack Obma is successsffully leading the country and the world through a time of great peril; people who don't recognize the otential for a terrrific downside are deluding themselves. For reference, it might be useful for some to look up the History of the 190s. THen, of course, if that's tyoo much trouble you could just complain about "Bowing TOurs" and parse tax rates.

        February 27, 2012 at 7:44 am |
    • T i m

      YOU ARE WRONG . AL QEIDA , DOES NOT HATE AMERICA . THEY JUST WANT US OUT OF THEIR BUSINESS AND STAY HOME . WE PEOPLE WOULD NEVER HAVE KNOWN ABOUT ANY OF THIS POLITICAL TRASH , HAD AMERICAN POLITICS NOT PLASTERED IT IN OUR FACE, AND FABRICATE HATE CRIMES . ...........POLITICS STIRS UP FABRICATED STORIES TO KEEP THE PEOPLE FRUSTRATED AND ANGRY . EASIER TO GET MILITARY TO FOLLOW ORDERS . OBAMA FIRED GENERAL MCCHRYSTAL , 1 ST 6 MONTHS IN OFFICE , AS EXAMPLE , NO INSUBORDINATION FROM ANYONE . MAN WAS PROBABLY READY TO RETIRE ANYWAY . RON PAUL IS GOING TO BRING THE TROOPS HOME NEXT DAY , PROTECT OUR SELVES AT OUR OWN BORDERS . SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE DECADES AGO ...AMERICAN GAS PRICE AT THE PUMP HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH O P E C . IT IS ALL AMERICAN COMMERCE DEPARTMENT . HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING ELSE . WAKE UP PEOPLE PROVE ME WRONG . I HAVE BEEN THERE DONE THAT .......T I M

      February 27, 2012 at 6:48 am | Reply
  32. prof

    I find it sad that people cannot engage in a dialogue and exchange of ideas here without resorting to personal attacks and name-calling. Particularly when our comments are being read by our neighbors around the world, we should be demonstrating that we are a people of tolerance. It's been disheartening to read so many negative posts. Why don't we engage in discourse designed to help find solutions, rather than beating each other up? Respecting one another doesn't mean you have to agree. It simply means a willingness to listen and accept that differences of opinion exist. Try to find common ground.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:15 am | Reply
    • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

      Isn't that like freedom of speech as long as it doesn't offend anybody? Because if that is what you mean, it has nothing to do with what the 1st Amendment is all about.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:20 am | Reply
    • Derrique Stuckey

      Well, what would YOU suggest? We haven't heard any ideas out of you all morning. If you're going to pull the 'holier than thou' attitude, at least contribute something first. You seem to have some issues with people disagreeing with you, also. If you're going to preach about it, then stop whining about it. I love folks who are only too eager to cast the first stone.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:22 am | Reply
      • prof

        I feel sorry for you. You are so full of anger and resentment. I never claimed to have a magic answer, but it's certain there won't be one as long as people are spewing hate. I don't care what you write, as I have better things to do with my time than read the drivel posted here. Bye.

        @Teddy – Johnson escalated the Vietnam war. I was a college student then, and I spoke out against it at the time. I vote as an independent. I don't have blind allegiance to either party. Cool off. Bye to you, too.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:38 am |
      • Derrique Stuckey

        Prof- Again, you seem to have some underlying issues with disagreement. We never asked you to have all the answers, we only asked that you contribute something worthwhile. Just because we don't agree with you, it doesn't necessitate that we are just spewing 'hate' all over the place. If that's the way you truly feel, then you need to work on yourself first, before you 'profess' to chastise others. Save your 'sorry' for your own pity party, please. Not to be harsh, but I don't have time to wipe your nose. I'm here to post, and if you find something you don't agree with, please reply back. If not, then I'm sure there are more constructive activities in your life to help fill your day.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:43 am |
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        prof – do you know how many liberals on here slam the right 100% of the time, always support the left and then say they are independent? I wouldn't even be able to fathom the number, but welcome to that club. Have a good one.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:47 am |
      • Ryan L.

        I think the point of that particular post required not taking a stand specifically. If I could summarize briefly, the message was "when we say our bit, please say it in a respectful way."

        To answer your request for a position, I think that it's important to look at what the apology was for. Some politicians have tried to say that this is "apologizing for America," which I personally think is a narrow-minded and dangerous interpretation. That would be like saying that America values burning holy books and disrespecting other cultures, which is clearly false. I think Obama apologized for the fact that the burnings happened specifically because they don't represent America or what Americans would rather have happened. It was an error. If we don't distance ourselves from the acts in question by saying they were wrong, then we'd have to find some way of justifying them or reconciling them with our beliefs, and I wouldn't want to try to do either of those.

        February 27, 2012 at 5:00 am |
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        It doesn't matter what we do or what is said. Islam dictates more than any action over there.

        February 27, 2012 at 5:17 am |
    • Where is Reagan when you need him?

      Prof,
      It is difficult to accept a President who is driving this country into the ground and killing us all. I saw something on the internet that I think tells it all- 'If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you aren't a racist, vote for someone else in 2012 to prove you aren't an idiot.'

      February 27, 2012 at 4:58 am | Reply
      • Ryan L.

        @"Where is Reagan..." That might be how many people feel about the president in general, but I think we have to look at this particular story and make a decision based on the facts of the case at hand. What happened is pretty clear. Guards believed that prisoners were using the Koran to communicate, deemed it a threat, and burned the books, not anticipating that it would cause an uproar that endangered their own lives. The issue here is whether the President should say that burning the Koran was a mistake or not. The President could be an unparalleled genius or a complete imbecile, but neither case would really matter in terms of the decision to apologize.

        February 27, 2012 at 5:11 am |
      • Neocons Are Scum

        Reagan's dead and burning in Hell.

        February 27, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • humberto

      If you had any respect, we wouldn't be in this position.

      February 27, 2012 at 5:05 am | Reply
    • T i m

      PROF, THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN . MAN KIND IS A SELFISH , HUMAN BEING . WE MUST HAVE WHAT WE WANT , OUR WAY . AMERICA WAS FOUNDED ON BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES . WE SWEAR ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS IN OFFICE WITH BIBLE . THE GOD WE SERVE WAS THE MOST MERCIFUL BEING . YET HE HAD NO TOLERANCE FOR DIS OBEDIENCE . HOW MANY WARS YOU REMEMBER IN OLD TESTAMENT , GOD KILLING WHOLE RACES OF PEOPLE , FOR DISOBEDIENCE . THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AGREE TO DISAGREE. SOME ONE IS RIGHT SOME ONE IS WRONG . .........AMERICAN POLITICS MUST BRING ALL OUR TROOPS HOME , PROTECT OUR SELVES FROM OUR OWN BORDERS . RON PAUL IS PREACHING THAT .....SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE DECADES AGO . HILLARY IS TRYING TO ENFORCE GUN CONTROL SO AS WE CAN NOT DEFEND OURSELVES ........WHO YOU GONA LISTEN TO ....T i m

      February 27, 2012 at 7:00 am | Reply
  33. Derrique Stuckey

    Here's the bottom line: When you sell your own countrymen out, which in turn, has compromised their own safety, you are NOT looking out for the 'best interest' of the U.S. History also dictates that if you don't stand on the side of the military, you won't last very much longer. If he doesn't have our back, why should we, in turn, have his?

    February 27, 2012 at 4:11 am | Reply
    • Ryan L.

      @Derrique: 'Having our back' doesn't mean that he would deny we ever made mistakes. It's also pretty clear that the president is acting in line with the military on this one. The military commanders in Afghanistan, the Secretary of Defense, and the head officers of the prison itself all have personally said that the burnings were wrong, that they weren't part of normal protocol, and that they don't represent American values or the American military's stance on treating prisoners or important objects of another culture. Either the President could act in his official capacity and agree with the military commanders' assessment by saying that the burnings were wrong, regrettable, and that efforts will be made so that they don't happen again, or... well, it's unclear to me what other option would be better.

      February 27, 2012 at 5:20 am | Reply
  34. Anne

    it's not a good thing either to critize a government that you work for and i don't think is professionnal and smart that's not the way you do it HIllary. Even you don't agree you don't go in front of a national television to critize your own US government i hink you are the one who supposed to be critized not OBAMA dummy you Hillary

    February 27, 2012 at 3:49 am | Reply
    • Qev

      People in campaigns aren't "the government"...they are desperately trying to become part of the government–the very government that they believe is "evil" and already " too big"...go figure.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:55 am | Reply
      • Derrique Stuckey

        'People in campaigns'? What are we, six-years old? These are called 'politicians'. They ARE the "evil" government, more so than you or me. What a fanatical dunce.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:00 am |
      • Qev

        Well, time to get ready for work. It has been thrilling, fulfilling and, above all–ENTERTAINING. I look forward to all of your responses early on the morning of November 7th when many of you will no doubt be blaming Acorn, women voters and...let's see...'The Black Panthers'(Really?) for the outcome...oh! and no doubt you will all be predicting ' the end of the country, if not the world–AGAIN. Cheers!

        February 27, 2012 at 4:35 am |
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        Derrique – Qev did a cut and paste here from the same comment above – say it isn't so.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:48 am |
      • Bill

        Well he said he was in a hurry...

        February 27, 2012 at 7:41 am |
    • MC

      What in the name of god are you babbling about, half-wit?

      February 27, 2012 at 5:02 am | Reply
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        Qev and prof have been like that all evening/morning. Forgot to switch the station away from Alan Colmes obviously.

        February 27, 2012 at 5:14 am |
  35. Where is Reagan when you need him?

    Thanks a lot Obama. He is a loser and if re-elected it will only show how stupid Americans are. He is worse than Slick Willy and Rodham if that is even possible.

    February 27, 2012 at 3:45 am | Reply
    • Qev

      By "Slick Willy" you mean the guy who left us with a deficit SURPLUS...THAT Slick Willy?

      February 27, 2012 at 3:51 am | Reply
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        You mean the Republican Congress that GAVE Clinton the surplus? Do a bit more research please and less MSNBC/Daily Kos worshipping.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:53 am |
      • Where is Reagan when you need him?

        No, by Slick Willy I mean the Commander and Thief Bill Clinton. By the way, that Kenyan Pretender Obama increased the debt more than Bush did.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:55 am |
      • Qev

        Oh yes, the old 'Congress hold's the purse strings' line...by that logic then we can blame the current Republican Congress for our current ballooning deficit...no?

        February 27, 2012 at 3:57 am |
      • Derrique Stuckey

        No, "Slick Willy" left us with $5 trillion dollar deficit and a PROJECTED surplus that never saw fruition. You need to start learning your own history.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:57 am |
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        Funny you say republicans when Harry Reid's desk is full of tabled bills that weren't even voted on – talk about compromise out the window and then point the finger. Democrats wrote the book on that. BOTH sides are a mess honey, just make sure you mention your side also. And make sure you vote out any incumbent so new people get a try.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:00 am |
      • Qev

        "Commander and Thief Bill Clinton"? Really? and just WHAT did the supposed "thief" still? tell us all, now.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:01 am |
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        Qev – reply to Derrique or me first.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:03 am |
      • Derrique Stuckey

        @Qev- I don't know about thievery, but he DID steal Monica Lewinsky's cherry.
        Okay, that was a bit below the belt (pun intended). =)

        February 27, 2012 at 4:03 am |
      • Where is Reagan when you need him?

        You may have forgotten so I'll remind you. When Slick Willy and his business partner Rodham left D.C. they loaded up their U-Haul with White House property. Loads of furniture and other stuff. Look it up. They had to return it.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:05 am |
      • humberto

        the only reason the surplus happened is because Congress tried to put Clinton in jail, both terms.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:06 am |
      • 4mayhem

        The same "Slick Willy" that had his hand in Freddie Mac and Fannie mae that are government-sponsored enterprises (GSE) that purchase mortgages. This was when HUD loosened mortgage restrictions in the mid-1990s so first-time buyers could qualify for loans that they could never get before. Thus the housing meltdown we are in today. I suggest you Google it and educate yourself.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:16 am |
      • J R Brown

        Bill Clinton did not leave us with a budget surplus; that is an outright false statement. Of Bill Cilntons 8 years in office, only 2 years were shown to have less money being spent by the government than it was taking in...his overall presidency ballooned the national debt. His two years of "balanced budget" were accounting sleight-of-hand as well...as spending he authorized was not implemented until following years, thus even though he "bought the farm" it doesn't look like he spent anything on it because the payments weren't due for years afterward.

        Bill Clinton's "balanced budget" is an urban myth. People who don't understand this are m0r0ns.

        February 27, 2012 at 6:42 am |
      • Bill

        Wow, that fake leak that the republicans are paying folks to write anti-Dem / pro-GOP posts seems to be working almost as good as Nike's new shoe scam.

        February 27, 2012 at 7:56 am |
    • prof

      You mean Reagan and the Iran Contra affair he tried to cover up? Probably got us where we are today.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:57 am | Reply
      • Where is Reagan when you need him?

        Reagan was the greatest President of the modern era. Look it up. With B.O. in there all we'll end up with is a bad smell.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:01 am |
      • Derrique Stuckey

        'Probably'? Is that your final answer, or are you here just to spew partisan speculation?

        February 27, 2012 at 4:01 am |
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        Let's go back to the biggest embarrassment by far – Vietnam. Now, who escalated that little war...hmmmm.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:01 am |
      • humberto

        That wasn't a war, that was the Great SoCIAty.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:10 am |
      • Tim Rigney

        That would be China.
        It's pretty easy to claim the Domino Theory was invalid since for some strange reason the Dominoes never fell.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:40 am |
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        Same with Korea then.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:52 am |
      • T i m

        PROF , THIS ONE YOU ARE ABSOLUTLY CORRECT ON . REAGAN DID DO THAT . CARTER CREATED THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT , 3 0 YEARS AGO , CONGRESS DE REGULATED COMMERCE DEPARTMENT , REAGAN SIGNED IT ....CONGRESS KNEW AMERICA WOULD BE WHERE WE ARE TODAY , 3 0 YEARS AGO . AMERICAN GAS PRICE AT THE PUMP , HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH O P E C .........IT IS ALL AMERICAN COMMERCE DEPARTMENT SETTING THE RATE . MOSTLY TAXES . HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE GAS . AMERICAN COMMERCE DEPARTMENT CONTROLS COST OF LIVING . IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WORLD EVENTS . NO ONE CAN PROVE ME WRONG ON THIS . AMERICAN COST OF LIVING HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WORLD GOVERNMENT . IT IS ALL AMERICAN COMMERCE DEPARTMENT , SAID SO . My name is T i m

        February 27, 2012 at 7:16 am |
    • humberto

      refer to abuse button

      February 27, 2012 at 3:59 am | Reply
    • Derrique Stuckey

      @Teddy – It's okay. If he would have had any credible rebuttal to either of our points, he would have posted them already. Trolls tend to dodge questions when they start getting cornered.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:05 am | Reply
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        These articles create the same reactionaries and we all go around the block over and over – nothing changes and nothing ever will. But, facts do get fudged on here – a lot. And, it is sad.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:12 am |
      • Derrique Stuckey

        @Teddy – I couldn't agree more. Did you know that my IP address has been BANNED on this site, more times than I wish to count? My only offense was not agreeing with some of this liberally-spun propaganda. I'm very surprised that I'm able to post on here tonight. So much for 'freedom of speech'. Well, if push ever comes to shove, there's always Fox News, that will give you the factual spin on these stories. I just come here for fun. Incidentally, that news site isn't owned by the Obama administration, so we can always count on getting the REAL news.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:26 am |
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        This site is pretty tight on what they tolerate, and they definitely lean LEFT. But, the Huffington Post is far worse. I'm banned from my 3 IP addresses (locations) for one or 2 comments each time before the plug was pulled. You can't ridicule any democrat or liberal idea or it is too offensive. Though, they slam the right continually. Poor little guys...

        February 27, 2012 at 4:33 am |
      • setnommarih

        To Teddy chevis...-I agree, I got banned from Newsview for being against Obama and I voted for him, but not any more.

        February 27, 2012 at 6:26 am |
  36. gwats

    If these people are this unhinged over a BOOK, let's pack up and go NOW!

    February 27, 2012 at 3:40 am | Reply
    • Qev

      "Pack up and go"...yes, that's EXACTLY what they've been asking us to do for the past...what decade, or so? You finally get it! So, when do we leave?

      February 27, 2012 at 3:49 am | Reply
      • Derrique Stuckey

        @Qev- Yes, that's why they extended their request for assistance to 2016. Again, a pointless post.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:56 am |
      • Qev

        They will GLADLY take our money while killing our occupying soldiers...what a naive post on your part...You know what...never mind...you're right...they LOVE US being they're. YOU should think about vacationing there...or better yet, why not IRAQ... that way they can show you just how much they appreciated your 'efforts' on their behalf...they'll love you...just go back...you'll see 🙂

        February 27, 2012 at 4:06 am |
      • Derrique Stuckey

        You're preaching to the choir. I'm a soldier. I'll plead, 'no contest' for you. Again, if you were never there, stuff it.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:13 am |
  37. 'The Dictator - Aladaeen of Wadiya'

    I am the great ruler of Wadiya, Allah bless
    me and only me! Tonight I go to Oscar awards and dump the ashes of great idol Kim Jung Ill all over great fagot broadcaster Ryan Seacrest. Remember, the Jews, they run and own za world – Allah is great & I come to
    buy candidacy of Republican Vice President Job! I want to make great Dictator sex with Mariah Carey & Nikki Manaj, while great funny tall comedian (Bob Saggat) he will make
    Sex tape! Allah is great-

    February 27, 2012 at 3:34 am | Reply
    • Tim Rigney

      "That little 'fagot' got his own jet airplane. That little 'fagot' is a mill-li-ON-aire!....." 😉

      February 27, 2012 at 4:12 am | Reply
  38. Franny

    I'd rather have a President who can apologize than one like Bush who never apologizes. Come on, we're certainly NOT a perfect Country, and make mistakes intentional, or not. It shows a much bigger man, than one who can never apologize!

    February 27, 2012 at 3:29 am | Reply
    • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

      When Karzai apologizes formally like Obama every time a US soldier is killed or is seriously wounded, then we owe them the same. Otherwise, we owe them squat in that respect.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:34 am | Reply
      • Qev

        IF Karzai, and the rest of the Afghan people had REQUESTED that they be INVADED by those U.S. soldiers...then yeah, maybe....but apologizing over the death of an occupying enemy soldier...you're kidding, right??

        February 27, 2012 at 3:43 am |
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        No, not kidding. We shouldn't even be there any more. When Karzai flipped his lid and said he'd side with the Pakistani Army against us not long ago, that should have been the last straw. If you can think of another reason for us to be subjected to these idiots and their brain dead functioning, by all means state them in order!

        February 27, 2012 at 3:49 am |
      • Derrique Stuckey

        @Qev – They DID ask for our help, you buffoon. C'mon, seriously. Nobody is intentionally this dumb, are they?

        February 27, 2012 at 3:52 am |
      • humberto

        The Afgan policy was real bright, sending billions of dollars of stuff overthere to steal.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:23 am |
    • 4mayhem

      Franny we already established Obama apologized for his inept leadership over the military and No Bush will never apologize! Besides Obama is not a bigger man, why he couldn't fight his way out of a wet paper bag!

      February 27, 2012 at 3:41 am | Reply
    • Derrique Stuckey

      There are two sides to this coin: He who never apologies is feared and sometimes hated. However, he that always apologies is considered weak and walked all over. Either scenario can be dangerous. We need to find a President who can find this middle ground.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:54 am | Reply
      • 4mayhem

        Agreed, we really do need a president that is tempered enough to bend when needed.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:33 am |
  39. Fourteen year old boy

    "I represent America"

    That's what she said?

    February 27, 2012 at 3:16 am | Reply
    • Qev

      Yes, the Secretary of State travels around the globe to represent the 'interest' of the United States in foreign nations...that's how our system of government works.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:20 am | Reply
      • Derrique Stuckey

        @Qev- No, that's how it's SUPPOSED to work.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:23 am |
    • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

      She represents America as far as Obama's message goes, not necessarily the majority of American opinion however. That remains to be seen.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:25 am | Reply
      • humberto

        She doesn't even do that.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:40 am |
    • humberto

      How embarrassed you must be.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:30 am | Reply
    • prof

      Listen to the video. She did not say it in an arrogant way like it sounds when one extracts the words out of context.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:33 am | Reply
      • Qev

        Don't even bother, Prof. You are not dealing with people who want the truth of any matter; they want Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh and wild utterly ridiculous assertions. These are people who, in their heart of hearts, are still waiting for the President of the United States to begin murdering the elderly–just like Sara Palin told them he would.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:40 am |
      • Derrique Stuckey

        @Qev- According to psychotic, generalizing buffoons, like you, that really stings. You have no interest in the truth. You're just here to promote your fan club. Your posts and analogies are sub par, and are laughable, at best. Keep trying, Sport.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:43 am |
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        Qev, so you listen to Chris Matthews, Rachel MadCow, Olbermann, Maher, Colmes and the rest of the lefty loons – same difference.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:52 am |
  40. TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

    Isn't it almost time for another world wide Bow and Apology Tour? If not, when we pull out of Afghanistan, I know the Islamic terrorists will stop trying to kill us because they'll think we're a good and decent country. They love and accept apologies from all infidels. Jimmy Carter, Al Sharpton and Al Gore said so.

    February 27, 2012 at 3:16 am | Reply
    • Derrique Stuckey

      They deface their own book, we burn it, they kill us for it, and Obama turns the other cheek. Must be tough for him, making those gestures from the safety of the golf course. Bush would have given Afghan the finger and packed us up. That was a PRESIDENT, ladies and gentlemen.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:18 am | Reply
      • Qev

        Derrique Stuckey
        By your logic, each time a H.S. or College student highlights paragraphs or scribbles notes in the margins of his or her textbook (what sane people generally refer to as: 'annotation')...they're destroying it?? Really?

        February 27, 2012 at 3:27 am |
      • Qev

        Regarding Bush, you mean by how he jokingly urged us all to support our troops currently in harms way and then in the same breath grinned into the camera and bid us to "watch this golf swing" (Fahrenheit 911). And by "packed us up" you mean"CUT AND RUN"? lol.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:31 am |
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        Whatever the case, Obama apologized in response to extremist religious zealots who are 1000 years behind the world. Seems like that is tolerance which is not the case in America with all religions.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:31 am |
      • Derrique Stuckey

        @Qev- That's another bogus analogy. The Qur'an is not a textbook. To Muslims, it's a holy book that defines how they live their lives. According to their own 'rules', when a Qur'an is desecrated, it must be burned. Whether they do it, or we do, shouldn't be relevant.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:31 am |
      • Derrique Stuckey

        @Qev- Guess what? YOU didn't serve in Iraq. I honorably completed three tours of duty over there, and things were a lot different than the media's (especially the liberal side) spin on things. Now, before you try to BS me and say that you were over there, too, just remember: millions of U.S. soldiers would disagree with you, despite you spitting in their faces. People that were actually over there, fighting for the lives and for your right to troll, tend to have a different opinion on the matter. You, on the other hand, are completely off base, which is why the 'I served, too' card isn't going to work on me.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:36 am |
      • humberto

        Moore is a Jaclass too.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:49 am |
      • J R Brown

        Comparing writing in the Koran to writing in a textbook by high school students only demonstrates an absolute and complete lack of comprehension of the issues at work. The argument itself is laughable...as is the attempt to link the two incidents as comparable; the only "logic" involved in the scenario is the absense of it.
        The Koran is considered a sacred, holy text by muslims; textbooks are not afforded that status by high school students. There really is no analogous comparison.

        February 27, 2012 at 7:10 am |
  41. prof

    @surRy – When did the Saudis attack our nation? The Taliban and O'sama bin Laden claimed responsibility. They are not the same.
    @William – "The Greatest Generation" is the term that has been used in describing the men and women of WWII. They are in their 80's now. Are you referring to them?
    I am glad I have a president who is working to restore our image around the world. I recently met a young man from Austria who told me that people in his country didn't like us under Bush. They think O'Bama "is a good guy." I also like that the president took the high road. For him to behave as many of you have described would be to lower ourselves to the level of the very people you are criticizing.

    February 27, 2012 at 3:08 am | Reply
    • Qev

      Bravo. Well said, and 'The Truth'.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:12 am | Reply
      • Derrique Stuckey

        Prof – Yes, he's a commoner. How can I tell? He's oblivious to the world stage, much like most of you are. In contrast, if we could get more pretentious posters from behind their computers and actually out to SEE the world, the quality of the comments would certainly improve. Those who never accomplish anything in life, only get to read about it and speculate.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:16 am |
    • Derrique Stuckey

      He's certainly doing a bang-up job, isn't he? He who bows to other nations, looks like a 'good guy' to bumpkins in Australia, but to world leaders, he (and us, along with him) look weak. I care more on how the world stage views us and not a bunch of commoners who don't know any better.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:13 am | Reply
      • Qev

        I believe the gentleman was from 'Austria', not "Australia" (two different countries), and how do you know what that man's station was in life? And as for the opinions of "world leaders"...I guess that's why they're all much more willing to support Mr. Obama's military actions after having turned their backs to that "bumpkin" from west Texas: Bush.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:18 am |
      • Derrique Stuckey

        @Qev- Look, you don't have to troll on all of my responses, especially if you can't think of anything sensible to rebut with. If you don't like it, move on. Not all of us are Obama groupies, like you. If you just can't help yourself, at least use your noodle before you post next time. You guys aren't very bright, in comparison to the rest of us. Your replies should justify that.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:22 am |
      • Qev

        i do believe it was YOU who posted to one of my comments, first. What's the matter, you don't like the game anymore? has it gotten a little too hot in the kitchen for you? You wish the other team would just "go home?? LMAO...NOT LIKELY 🙂

        February 27, 2012 at 3:34 am |
      • Derrique Stuckey

        @Qev- what 'game'? You're not even playing, because I can't get anything concrete out of you. You're forfeiting your credibility, due to your complete lack of situational awareness. You can't blame me for shooting yourself in the foot. As a said, and I certainly didn't stutter, you're not very bright. Unfortunately, I can't help you with this. There is 'posting' (me), and there is 'trolling' (you). If you'd start making sense, then I can upgrade you, and we can start this 'game'.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:40 am |
      • Qev

        Lol...You sound desperate.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:46 am |
      • Derrique Stuckey

        @Qev- Yes, I'm desperate to find somebody with some actual BRAINS that I can debate with.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:50 am |
      • prof

        "I care more on how the world stage views us and not a bunch of commoners who don't know any better." My point exactly. A representative from the nation of Austria who shares his perception of the opinions of his countrymen IS the world stage. And why would you think he's a commoner? He's a well-educated young man who is here volunteering in our country by way of fulfilling a service requirement in his country. I find him to be quite intelligent. He is here learning about us and being a productive visitor. Hardly common. Maybe if we had such a program in the U.S., our young people might have broader world views.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:52 am |
    • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

      One person represents the entire Austrian country ... interesting.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:17 am | Reply
      • prof

        I didn't say that. It means he was sharing his perception of the general feeling of his countrymen. Period.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:39 am |
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        You mean i.e. just his opinion. He didn't have a petition from thousands of his fellow Austrians exclaiming the same. One person, one spoken word doesn't represent the masses.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:46 am |
  42. Qev

    I suppose if some Peoples Republic of China soldiers came here and started shelling the faces off of Mt. Rushmore, it wouldn't bother us; we'd have no reason to be upset, let alone outraged, right? After all, it's just some rock...right?

    February 27, 2012 at 2:49 am | Reply
    • Derrique Stuckey

      Well, if we were building a secret base in that 'rock', geared at gathering intel and potentially damaging the government of China, we wouldn't have a right to be up-in-arms about it. Needless to say, once we started 'defacing' Mt. Rushmore (no pun intended) by hollowing it out and building the base, it ceases to become any kind of 'rock' with any real significance anymore.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:55 am | Reply
      • Qev

        And WHAT, pray tell, "secret bases" are being built inside of a Qur'an?

        February 27, 2012 at 2:57 am |
      • Derrique Stuckey

        @Qev – EXACTLY. If you're going to make a ridiculous analogy, don't gripe at me for posting a ridiculous response. To make this simple for you, I have no sympathy for Muslims who deface their own holy books, via scribbled messages, when they gripe at us for confiscating them and burning them. What, may I ask, is the difference?

        February 27, 2012 at 3:05 am |
      • Qev

        It is the difference of 'annotating' vs 'destroying'...I've got to explain that? REALLY?

        February 27, 2012 at 3:23 am |
      • Derrique Stuckey

        @Qev – Yes, and according to THEIR rules, not mine, when a Qur'an is 'annotated' on, it must, in turn, be 'destroyed'. We mark on our religious books all the time, in this country. Their religion doesn't afford them that luxury. If you're going to defend a religion, at least understand a little bit of what it entails. You obviously know how to Google, or you wouldn't have posted those two big words. Why don't you do your research before you blindly post any more replies. If you want to embarrass yourself, that's completely on you.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:49 am |
    • The CIA Murdered the Kennedy's

      Fine by me. It's just a fucking rock, anyway.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:58 am | Reply
  43. Qev

    Any one who thinks that this is 'just about a book' and has nothing to do with the fact that Afghanistan is once again being occupied by a foreign military force–first the Soviets, and now us...with our errant Drone strikes–through no fault of its own...is clueless.

    February 27, 2012 at 2:44 am | Reply
    • Tim Rigney

      Then they shouldn't have allowed their government to attack our military center and our financial center, with an all-out attempt to attack our political center, with the resultant deaths of over THREE THOUSAND innocent civilians. Do you honestly thing we didn't HAVE to defend ourselves? Do you honestly think al Qaeda wouldn't have completely decimated the United States by this point if we had allowed them to? And what would have happened to the world economy if that had happened? China and Russia would have LEVELED the place without blinking.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:18 am | Reply
      • Tim Rigney

        (obviously what I mean to say is "shouldn't have allowed their government to harbor al Qaeda," which did those things. ssdd, the Taliban was guilty by association as far as I'm concerned.
        Listen: To fail to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America during a time of war.
        That's not a debateable opinion; it's treason, period. It's illegal and also horribly immoral.
        Go look at a photo of one of the hundreds of children that were killed that day. They'd be choosing colleges now, and starting to think about who to go with to the prom. But they can't because they're DEAD.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:22 am |
    • 4mayhem

      No disrespect but, you have to go back futher than Russia, this region has been conquered many times over centuries simply because they do not play well in the sand box with each other. Clinton again is trying to save the president the embarassment of failed leadership ifor the things that happen under his watch.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:19 am | Reply
  44. Derrique Stuckey

    Hillary, don't gripe at the rest of us. Sure, 'criticizing' Obama over his apology isn't helping matters, but it's certainly our right...and his mistake. It's not that he did it just once; he did it FOUR times. Maybe the rest of us are up-in-arms, because we don't want to see him do it for a FIFTH time? Did he or did he not understand that this comes with the job. If he's getting the paycheck, you need to start letting him ACT like a President, which involve criticism when you screw up.

    February 27, 2012 at 2:42 am | Reply
    • David

      it's not a mistake. Burning books is a mistake and needs to be rectified. Do we defend burning books? Do you defend burning books? If our government burnt the Bible, because some whacko church sect (think Westboro Baptist Church) wrote inflammatory, hateful, racist rhetoric in the margins? Of course not, It's about freedom of expression and religion. BTW, freedom of religion is NOT about whether a church run profit center like a hospital can refuse to offer it's employees adequate insurance, it's about defending your right to practice your (read that as YOUR) religion any way you see fit, as long as it doesn't hurt anyone.

      Anyone that advocates burning books outta be ashamed.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:00 am | Reply
      • Derrique Stuckey

        Look, here's where I'm at. The inmates ALREADY desecrated their 'holy books' by scribbling and marking in them. They have NO right to be angry at us for burning them. According to their 'religion', they're just as guilty. I'm so sick of the sob stories. There's no excuse for hypocrites, terrorism, and how they're responding to us. End of story.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:09 am |
      • V Anthony

        Burning you i wouldnt be ashamed of and i wouldnt even piss on you to put it out!

        February 27, 2012 at 4:05 am |
    • yungcrum

      It wasn't a mistake for him to apologize. Obama did the right thing by apologizing because our military contradicted one of our country's core ideals of being tolerant and respectful of other religions by burning the Quran. Criticism is well within anybody's freedom of speech rights, but so is being openly bigoted and racist. My point is that just because an open perspective or opinion falls within the perimeters of freedom of speech (which is generally a great right for anyone to have) doesn't mean that it's the right thing to do or say, and it certainly isn't always on par with our country's core ideals.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:27 am | Reply
  45. 4mayhem

    The President already Apologized so now its damage control. The real question here should be who was the genius that decided this was a good idea to burn the Koran's knowing this is part of their religous beliefs? They could have offered them to the people of Afganistan or if they needed to be destroyed because of intelligence information at least have the common sense to remove them from this country. Anyone with a little common sense would question the act and its possible consequences, it saddens me to see this administration is so busy with election year rhetoric that this was not questioned, where's the leadership and diplomacy we need in the WH?

    February 27, 2012 at 2:40 am | Reply
    • Derrique Stuckey

      If they're okay to deface their own holy books with scribbles, then they have no right to protest when we burn them. What a bunch of hypocrites. Even if we didn't burn them, they still would have protested, once the books were taken away from the inmates. This isn't exactly a religion of 'peace'.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:48 am | Reply
      • Boogermeister

        Derrick student.... You really are abut of a retard with your pointless comments which only make sense to my Pet Rock.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:12 am |
  46. TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

    No book is worth human lives, including the Koran or Bible.

    February 27, 2012 at 2:35 am | Reply
    • The CIA Murdered the Kennedy's

      No, but Chivas Regal is. I'd gladly murder a thousand tea-baggers right now and piss all over their corpses for a bottle.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:03 am | Reply
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        Liberalism – playing the victim since 1964. You comment typifies why it is also indeed a mental disorder.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:06 am |
  47. abc

    mr. president obama you did good !! u did the right thing!!! obama 2012

    but this muslim fuckers are just fucking animals they go fucking crazy for a fucking book wtf fucking animals

    February 27, 2012 at 2:33 am | Reply
    • The CIA Murdered the Kennedy's

      Fuck! – I think you fuckin' nailed it on the fuckin' head. Way ta fuckin' go.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:01 am | Reply
    • Anne

      Thank you i think that's the right thing to do Mrs Hillary you can not be thinking about not to apologize to your enemies. Thats how we get our respect

      February 27, 2012 at 3:17 am | Reply
  48. humberto

    Why is criminal evidence being released to the USA state department, when the criminal players are still obstructing justice and refuse to apppear in court in egypt, despite notice of probable cause already given them thru the State Department, Proof beinging Clintons inveigling to corrupt a court proceeding, that negates diplomatic immunity.
    And they still have the balls to act ignorant while Clinton attempts to inveingle and
    deceive for the criminal players, already in contempt of court

    February 27, 2012 at 2:30 am | Reply
    • Frank

      Her boss should have answers to your inquiry.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:23 am | Reply
  49. TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

    "One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line."
    –President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

    February 27, 2012 at 2:28 am | Reply
  50. Scott

    Apologizing for this incident was the right thing to do regardless of how it was recieved, and that was why the president did it. Anyone who thinks that's weakness on the part of Obama can ask Bin Laden how weak basic decency makes this man.

    February 27, 2012 at 2:26 am | Reply
    • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

      You mean ask Seal Team 6...

      February 27, 2012 at 2:29 am | Reply
      • humberto

        Are you a three year old teddy ?

        February 27, 2012 at 2:49 am |
      • David

        No, we mean the man in charge. The Commander in Chief, the boss. The President, the man who gave the order. Comprende?

        February 27, 2012 at 3:04 am |
      • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

        The guy said "yes" – he did not "get" bin Laden. Glad we got that cleared up...Seal Team 6 risked their lives and did all the heavy lifting. Comprende?

        February 27, 2012 at 3:10 am |
      • 13

        What makes you think Obama is in charge ?
        You don't really believe bin laden planned that before being accused by association, do you ?

        February 27, 2012 at 3:19 am |
      • Ronald Hussein Reagan

        Geroge Washnbingtron, according to the painting, didn't actuallly rw the boat acrosss the Delaware!!!!!!! COmmunity Organizer!!!! Haycorn!!!!!! Mouse at Ground Zero!!!!!!!!!!!! Bowing TOur!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        February 27, 2012 at 7:37 am |
      • Neocons Are Scum

        Seal Team 6 – a figment of an unemployed Hollywood screenwriters imagination.

        February 27, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  51. Sf

    Afghans have their ignorant extremes...and we have ours, theyre known as republicans!

    February 27, 2012 at 2:02 am | Reply
    • TeddyChivasRegalKennedy

      MSNBC, where we read the news as it's sent over by the White House, and Chris Matthews gets his booze money. Chris learned from the best – Uncle Ted.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:31 am | Reply
    • V Anthony

      That was an ignorant and extreme remark and when you die you will be rewarded with 17 hookers with STDs.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:37 am | Reply
  52. peggy

    Perhaps we should send them some Bibles so they could burn them in return. Then we print some more.

    February 27, 2012 at 2:01 am | Reply
    • V Anthony

      @peggy: they want blood youre blood my blood they want WW3 not paper.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:06 am | Reply
  53. V Anthony

    ￱Radicals and there supporters are looking for any excuse to start their Holy Jihad against the West￱.No apology or sensible diplomacy will ever succeed when all these vultures understand is bloodshed and blind hatred. We must never trust these human disgraces and never ever should we become complacent for 911 proved that to be a big error.

    February 27, 2012 at 2:00 am | Reply
  54. Sf

    I support president obama and will vote for him again.

    However muslims in thr middle east and their reaction to this nonsense makes me want to go purchase a copy of the quran and take a dump on it! Bunch of nit jobs..seriously, killing and dying over a frekkin book? I thought our christian extremists were nuts!

    February 27, 2012 at 1:58 am | Reply
    • Qev

      I agree with most of what you posted but consider this: when it's an occupying foreign force that's doing the burning...it rubs the nerves a little bit rawer–the drone strikes gone awry don't help either. Just think if we were invaded by, say...China–"for our own good"–wouldn't any and every seemingly minor "infraction" by the neighborhood PRC soldier be magnified in our eyes?

      February 27, 2012 at 2:02 am | Reply
      • V Anthony

        @qev ; hello we have been invaded by China ! Find me anything cheap that sez made in the USA.What should we do burn ￱down the millions of Chinese takouts? Thats cheap too!

        February 27, 2012 at 2:53 am |
  55. Skibum624

    Don't be critical? Are you kidding me? No President has EVER played the race card or class card more than this President! For him to start a campaign asking African-Americans to vote for him and organize their congregations to vote for him because he is black is TERRIBLE! No President should ever do that, he is supposed to be bigger and better than that. President Obama disgusts me with his complete lack of class, dignity, patriotism and selflessness. He is the biggest narcisist this country has ever know. IMPEACH him now! Grow a pair Republican leadership, this guy is destroying the very foundation of this country.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:51 am | Reply
    • Qev

      Just think, you've got until 2016 to posts your irrational and totally unfounded rants. And I suspect that you and your ilk will still be claiming that "Obama is destroying the country!", even then–though the country will clearly still be here and doing fine. No doubt you all will bone-headedly make the claim that: "Obama's a [two] term President...AND THAT'S IT!" after November 6th...the constitution having nothing to do with it...in your world.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:59 am | Reply
    • Schmoogalicious

      Skubum624, if you truly believe what you wrote you must not be old enough to remember Richard Nixon, or even Ronald Reagan for that matter.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:02 am | Reply
      • DKPL

        @Schmoogalicious: Right... Remembering the Carter years. Those were the good ole days.

        February 27, 2012 at 2:28 am |
    • Derrique Stuckey

      Don't worry. Obama has got this election rigged (again), but in spit of this, he's still going to lose. He's not the only one that can play at the corruption game. He's going to kick and scream and demand recount after recount, but it's not going to matter. If it seems the Republicans are just sitting idly by, there's a reason for that. They've got some serious dirt on Obama, which is going to devastate his Presidency. If they spring it too early, it gives him a chance to lie and rebut it. The last few months before November should be VERY interesting, so don't believe everything you read about him pulling off a 2nd term. The Democrats are running scared, because they have nothing to campaign on.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:02 am | Reply
    • David

      You mean the white foundation of this country, don't you? That's what you mean. Sorry, redneck, your days are over. No more white hoods, no more lynchings, no more lily white neighborhoods. And damn it, no more burning crosses. Those were the good old days, di ba?

      February 27, 2012 at 3:08 am | Reply
      • V Anthony

        @david: its only like that in ur little box.the box contains a fool.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:37 am |
    • Tim Rigney

      It's a cold hard fact that many African Americans in inner cities and rural areas don't vote. I'm NOT stereotyping, this has been established as a fact by polling. Obama needs those votes to get elected. i.m.o. he's politically wise in this imperfect world to try his best to motivate specific groups of individuals to vote when he needs their votes to win.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:48 am | Reply
    • Tim Rigney

      It's a cold hard fact that many African Americans in inner cities and rural areas don't vote. I'm NOT stereotyping, this has been established as a fact by polling. Obama needs those votes to get elected. i.m.o. he's politically wise in this imperfect world to try his best to motivate specific groups of individuals to vote when he needs their votes to win.
      Not exactly the worst sin a President has ever committed.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:48 am | Reply
  56. the_dude

    Was there ever an apology for 9/11? Uhhhh...hello??? Is this thing on?

    February 27, 2012 at 1:49 am | Reply
    • peggy

      An apology shows strength and enlightenment. It was the right thing to do.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:59 am | Reply
      • V Anthony

        Yeah that and $5.00 willget you a gallon of gas. ￱To think our Pres. does'nt know any better than to apologize to blind hatred and pure ignorance scares me.

        February 27, 2012 at 2:22 am |
      • Lord Haw-Haw

        "Blind hatred and pure ignorance".........pretty much sums up half of America.

        February 27, 2012 at 2:34 am |
    • Martina

      You expecting an apology from terrorists??
      I like to think that most Americans are not like them, and it was a right thing to do to apologize, even if some medieval people in the Middle East can't appreciate that.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:10 am | Reply
  57. OnlyAmerican

    Those who are of the Islamic religion of preference are not and will never be our friends or anyone whom the west can consider friends or reliable associates. Let them implode already!

    February 27, 2012 at 1:11 am | Reply
    • Qev

      Implode? They were doing just fine–and had been for THOUSANDS of years–before we invaded them.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:26 am | Reply
      • mdamone

        LOL. Yeah, doing just fine!
        Let's see just how fine they are doing compared to the rest of the world, shall we?
        Is lagging by hundreds of years in democracy, capitalism, human rights, womens' rights, economy and technology?
        Women are considered second-class citizens who cannot be educated or even leave the house alone. Deomocracy is unheard of, where religious groups over-shadow politics and rule the country with an iron hand. Opposition to the reigning religious/political group is crushed as a sin against "god". Free markets are a joke – they represent infidels. Human rights do not exist except for adult male Muslims, who still have their appendages cut off for petty crime. Economies are still agricultural, with many members of "modern" society STILL living a hunting/gathering lifestyle that Europe gave up HUNDREDS of years ago. And when was the last time the Arab Middle East was a developer/supplier of technology, instead of a full-blown consumer? Ottoman Empire?
        "Fine" is a relative term. While the Arab Middle East hangs on to antique social laws and resists economic and political ideas circa the 19th century (let alone today) – the rest of the world accelerates rapidly, leaving the Middle East behind. If you think "doing fine" is clinging to a diminishing reserve of fossil fuel as the center of your culture, other than restrictive religious beliefs, you have a hard day coming.
        The rest of the world is developing alternative fuels to reduce dependency on Arab oil. If you hate America now...just imagine how much you'll hate America when we stop buying your oil! But what do you care? You're doing "just fine"...

        February 27, 2012 at 2:01 am |
      • Qev

        mdamone

        The Soviets invaded Afghanistan, wasted billions of dollars doing so, ACHIEVED NOTHING for it, went home, and Afghanistan went on being Afghanistan; just as it had been for centuries before the Soviets came. Like wise we invaded Afghanistan, will waste a couple of trillion there, and will end up with NOTHING to show for it (Bin Laden was in Pakistan...different country). Meanwhile Afghanistan will continue on being the same old Afghanistan it was before we invaded...with not much wear for all of the hoopla...JUST FINE.

        February 27, 2012 at 2:11 am |
  58. cityguy

    Appologizing to those ignorant animals certainly helped us out now hasnt it?

    February 27, 2012 at 1:09 am | Reply
    • Qev

      Invading them (and Iraq) "certainly helped us now hasn't it"?

      February 27, 2012 at 1:28 am | Reply
  59. Gezus

    Burning a book is setting fire to paper products. Religious fanatics take offense to an insult from said burning. Did they apologize for burning our flags over there? There is little difference between a bible or a flag, in that there is a shared pride in the icons. Apologizing is a weakness.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:54 am | Reply
    • GrOPers

      You are certainly not exactly an expert on foreign affairs.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:00 am | Reply
      • cityguy

        Pull your head out of Obama's rear for a second, you are oxygen deprived...

        February 27, 2012 at 1:10 am |
    • Qev

      The DIFFERENCE IS we're over there occupying THEIR LAND; as opposed to them having invaded us, and burning our flag.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:30 am | Reply
      • massms

        I get it now – it's all in the location of the buring that counts.

        February 27, 2012 at 1:42 am |
      • massms

        Correction: buring should be burning.

        February 27, 2012 at 1:46 am |
      • Qev

        Wrong. More like, if you invade a country that has committed not a single act of war against you, it tends to piss the citizens of that country off, and set them on edge against you...go figure.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:10 am |
  60. Wylie-Mike

    How is the President to know that the American people do not agree with his policies if we don't criticize them?
    He is not our Royal King and we are not his subjects.
    Will he ever yield to the will of the people?

    February 27, 2012 at 12:37 am | Reply
    • gspotr

      You're ignorant bubba!

      February 27, 2012 at 12:56 am | Reply
    • reggie222

      This is a tinderbox situation and we as Americans need to all be working together. Gingrich and others who have spoken out on this are either completely misinformed and clueless or willing to put Americans in the way of harm for their own political benefit. Obama's response was actually based on research proven strategies for dealing with issues that are related to cultural values. If you care to learn more about this, do some reading on Terror Management Theory. There are over 400 empirical studies from cultures around the world that support the decision made by Obama.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:57 am | Reply
      • GrOPers

        At last, a person with a brain. –Thank you Reggie

        February 27, 2012 at 1:02 am |
      • massms

        If your theory is valid, then why has the violence escalated considerably after several apologies by: Obama, Clinton, Allen, and Panetta? Because the Afghani are not a rational people to be dealt with in a rational manner.

        February 27, 2012 at 1:14 am |
  61. Wylie-Mike

    War is not an exercise in appeasement.
    War is to subdue an enemy, not cower to them.
    If we are not at war with these murders, then what is Obama's objective?

    February 27, 2012 at 12:31 am | Reply
    • brass

      Ok you big dummy....one more time for the people in back...

      America needs friends, we need respect... the Rhino days are over and almost left us isolated. Let the president do what he was elected for...lead.
      You keep doing what your supposed to do, call the President names, want Health care taken from all Children & needy tax Paying adults... so finish your big red-meat burger, wash it down with some starbucks... ignore your Hypertension & low cortisol – induced DMII, and that inevitable stroke.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:10 am | Reply
      • Martina

        You are right, brass. All these dummies here don't understand foreign relations at all. Because of that stupid burning, some American soldiers got killed. Obama is trying to remedy the situation as best as he can to prevent more Americans from getting killed. But some idi0ts just don't get it.

        February 27, 2012 at 1:59 am |
  62. Tom

    This is what always happen when a country goes to war with another country. If USA wants to avoid these kind of situations, they should stop invading other countries so that these kind of situations never arise in the first place.

    The whole world is messed up because USA put Saddam as dictator in Iraq to fight against Iran and trained Osama as an agent against Soviets in Afghanistan. USA is the source of its own problems and the ultimate source of the solutions of its own problems.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:29 am | Reply
    • Wylie-Mike

      So you believe that the U.S. trained these people to be at war with the U.S.?

      February 27, 2012 at 12:33 am | Reply
      • JA

        No. But if it wasn't for us, they wouldn't be as much of (or probably not at all) a problem right now.

        February 27, 2012 at 12:49 am |
      • Jadugara

        Did he SAY that, Wylie-Mike? No,...he didn't... He said the US trained them to fight those OTHER folks, and now they are using those skills against us... If that doesn't make any sense to you, seek a few reading comprehension classes...

        February 27, 2012 at 2:41 am |
  63. Bob B

    I find it ironic that Hillary now asks for understanding and calm as it relates to Obama and the Quran burning. I don't recall her exhibiting such restaint in her criticism of Bush. Also where is the outrage at the fact that our recent spade of soldiers being butchered over there?

    February 27, 2012 at 12:20 am | Reply
    • Arlene Jara Strickland

      I find that both Secretary of State Clinton and President Obama act and speak with intelligence, calm and strength in times as challenging as these. I would hope that other consider the troops they put at risk by flapping their jaws incessantly for a few seconds on the nightly news.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:28 am | Reply
      • cityguy

        Really? Where were they when the qurans were being burned? Based on your description, their Elite Brains would have avoided this thing to begin with right? Pull the troops out and turn the place into molten glass.. Problem solved.

        February 27, 2012 at 1:14 am |
      • Martina

        Good point Arlene!
        City guy, your comment is just stupid. I hope you are not expecting Obama and Clinton to be able to predict the future, especially when it comes to what some dumb people do.

        February 27, 2012 at 2:03 am |
    • Aviva1964

      The difference, is she wasn't the Secretary of State when she was critisizing bush. Americans are free to criticize their leaders, but when you assume the mantle of secretary, you are expected to represent and speak for our government, regardless of party or personal preferences. It's a shame the republicans couldn't get behind John huntsman – he understood this.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:41 am | Reply
      • massms

        So it's acceptable to be a hypocrite after being appointed Sec. of Sate as a reward for getting out of Obama's way in his bid for the presidency?

        February 27, 2012 at 1:24 am |
    • reggie222

      hardly the same thing... Bush – bogus intelligence created to go to war with a country that generate enormous financial gain for a company with, um... close relations to his VP. Obama – trying to keep a mistake from boiling over into another war and/or a more dangerous environment for our troops. Sickening to think that Gingrich and company care more about soundbites than soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:03 am | Reply
  64. cobiahunter

    Curious that this socialist, lesbian, hag spent 8 years condemning GW Bush on a daily basis. Obviously, the Clinton "Swingers" have the goods on Barry's alternate lifestyle, and Barry has the goods on them. Wouldn't surprise me in the least if the Clintons and the Obamas were having group sex. These people are scumbags.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:16 am | Reply
    • Lord Haw-Haw

      And we all know how much Republicans hate sex. Unless it's with the same gender.

      Horndog Newt excepted.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:21 am | Reply
      • cobiahunter

        Google a picture of Webster Hubbell and compare it with a picture of Chelsea Clinton. Even Stevie Wonder could tell what happened there.

        February 27, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • Teddy

      Wow, cobiahunter. You are really sick in the head.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:22 am | Reply
      • cobiahunter

        Remember Huma Abedin? Anthony Weiner's wife? Wonder why he was trolling for women over the internet? Wanna guess why the relationship between Hillary and Huma were common knowledge within the beltway why Huma was traveling the world as Hillary's personal assistant? Please try to keep up.

        February 27, 2012 at 12:29 am |
      • Lord Haw-Haw

        Anthony Weiner likes women.

        Most of your beloved neocons crave cock. Especially the bible-thumping, "family values" hypocrites.

        February 27, 2012 at 2:41 am |
      • Jadugara

        Hah hah!!! Lord Haw-Haw,...I think I love you... "Neocons crave cock" must be the best phrase I've seen written in decades... I think I peed a little when I read it... Thank you for making my weekend a better one...

        February 27, 2012 at 2:46 am |
    • Martina

      Scumbag is you, cobia, and a very sick one.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:12 am | Reply
  65. Michael

    A question for the Muslims:
    What is the proper way of disposing an old or damaged Quran? I have an old paperback copy I read in World Religions class years ago. It is yellowed and falling apart. Should I throw it in the trash? Or, should I burn it as is the proper way of disposing an American Flag. My apartment is in the city, so I do not have land to bury the book.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:13 am | Reply
  66. Siplemer

    Will the Republican in Afghanistan that burnt the Quran please let us know which of the candidates running now that you are working for. Don't lie.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:06 am | Reply
  67. canudunk

    Don't criticize? WTH. I think that's what Stalin or Sadam Huissen said.

    In other words keep your mouths shut sheep

    February 27, 2012 at 12:04 am | Reply
  68. Uncle Sam

    Of course The President was right by apologizing to Muslims. The burning of their holy book is an insult to all Muslims around the world not just the Taliban Muslims, and who other the the commander and chief of our armed forces should take responsibility and express being sorry to this very sensitive situation.

    Muslims around the world welcome the Presidents apologie with the exception of those radical Taliban, and with out our President reaching out to Muslims around the world it would send a bigger more destructive message to them, then the burning of the books it's self.

    February 26, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Reply
    • Sunny

      It's obvious you are a Muslim. They can burn my bible, kill Americans, and to you that's all right. What Obama did in apologizing is a disgrace.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:11 am | Reply
      • johnny b

        Sunny, what an unthoughtful, unloving, and unGodly response. We know, you're tuff

        February 27, 2012 at 12:26 am |
      • johnny b

        It's obvious you're a Southern Baptist, Sunny

        February 27, 2012 at 12:31 am |
      • tkc

        1. We are better than them.
        2. Our mission is to "win hearts and minds" since our enemy is not a sovereign entity, its a belief system and the battlefield is in the minds of believers. If we give the terrorists more propaganda material to help them recruit, we lose.
        3. Inflaming the situation only endangers our troops.

        February 27, 2012 at 12:36 am |
      • Uncle Sam

        dude I'm no Muslim, but i can tell you just from looking at them they tend to take religion serious, and what's wrong with saying hey no disrespect intended when it seems that someone thoughtlessly burned their holy books. just because you don't care if someone burns your bible doesn't mean others, or other religions shouldn't feel the way they do when we even mistakenly do it to theirs.

        it's a matter of showing simple respect, I'm not saying show respect for the Taliban, but for Muslims around the world to see that we take responsibility for our actions, and especially if it is something others obviously find sensitive. don't you get it?

        February 27, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • MindfulCitizen

      Well said Uncle Sam.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:44 am | Reply
  69. Marie

    Criticism can be helpful if it is constructive. There is a problem in society these days with too many people not being able to accept constructive criticism. There's a difference between saying things like "ZOMG He's a Lib-uh-ral!111!" and "Perhaps you should not spend so much of our money, Mr. President."

    February 26, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Reply
    • Siplemer

      It's getting harder to differentiate between the Republicans and Talibans. They both hate women and their bodies and they both hate American people.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:13 am | Reply
  70. Duke1CA

    The President's apology was appropriate. But I am so sick of the double-standard of so much of the media that emphasizes small mistakes on our side but virtually ignores and never condemns numerous atrocities done on a daily basis by Muslims. Insofar as they do this they aid and abet our enemies.

    February 26, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Reply
  71. Will

    A liberal finds it "troubling" that a President's words/actions regarding military actions on foreign soil are criticized by political opponents here at home? Was she in a coma during the George W. Bush administration, when liberals throughout our government and mass media demonized the President at every opportunity? LOL! The hypocrisy of liberals knows no bounds.

    February 26, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Reply
    • kateslate

      Bush was roundly critcized, and rightfully so, because his admin got us INTO these wars! We did not need to go over there! His military industrial complex cronies and oil brethren conspired to make so much money off you and me, we may not get over it for a long, long time.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:36 am | Reply
  72. mlr

    Hitlery is a HIPPOcrit! How many times did the dumbocrats criticize President Bush – endangering our troops? I don't even want to hear this cow open her mouth anymore. She kneejerked in her reaction over the Marine video, and publicly sided with the Taliban in a video that was far worse than what the Marines were in as the Taliban are using it to show that they now have the hearts and mind of our leaders. She just needs to go away – go back to Kmart and by a few more of those trashy pants-suits and get out of politics.

    February 26, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Reply
    • Paul F

      Thank you! Hillary was the Queen Hag, constantly attacking Bush for 8 years, using Bush as the excuse for every failure of her and her clown Obama. What a pathetic excuse and a gross disappointment.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Reply
      • Siplemer

        You're a Taliban troll.

        February 27, 2012 at 12:08 am |
      • Aviva1964

        Queen hag ... Any time any one of you woman hating morons use a word like that, you denigrate all women. An older woman is a hag, an older man a statesman? A woman puts on a few pounds as she ages and is suddenly a hippo? This hippo/hag IS our secretary of state, and probablly the single most qualified person to represent our interests overseas. The job of the SOS is to be our chief 'diplomat', not our chief warmonger. This whole debacle in afghanisan started because our troops started burning their holy book. An apology is diplomatic.

        Do you know that in the last 10 time magazine polls, Hillary Clinton has consistently been one of the three most respected women in the world? I guess that wouldn't matter to you. Hating women puts you on the side of the Taliban, not against it. What a sad, sad, thought.

        February 27, 2012 at 12:51 am |
    • Kumeron

      You're clearly anti-American admit it.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Reply
    • tnana

      Hippo....real funny....moron. If you can't make an intelligent comment don't comment at all!

      February 26, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Reply
    • LonewolfExudate

      Republicans as the biggest hypocrites and the party of hate can't call someone else a hypocrit.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Reply
      • Siplemer

        Very true.

        February 27, 2012 at 12:10 am |
    • Aviva1964

      The difference, is she wasn't the Secretary of State when she was critisizing bush. Americans are free to criticize their leaders, but when you assume the mantle of secretary, you are expected to represent and speak for our government, regardless of party or personal preferences.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:43 am | Reply
  73. Nuestro

    If they were indeed marked with extremest notations, which this article does not mention, then they should have been burned and the President should have supported the burning of these bastardized korans. I only wish there was one set of 'facts' out there to make a judgement on

    February 26, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  74. SPN

    Many in the general public, even those of us who are registered Republicans, have had it with the GOP talking points, vocabulary lists, Grover Norquist oath signing, and diversion of the important issues to social-emotional issues. There is a reason for Separation of Church and State, and the GOP doesn't get it. We're out. There is NOTHING there for us anymore. We sent our donation to the President!

    February 26, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Reply
    • Paul F

      Many in the general public are tired of the whiny, excuse making, Trillion Dollar debt building losers that are getting rich and paying off their buddies in banking, wall st and "green" tech while producing nothing but more failure, bigger government, and more corruption. MANY.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  75. Nuestro

    Hold on a minute. I had read a story that these korans had been marked with some sort of extremist markings. What is the real story?

    February 26, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Reply
    • Kom

      do your research BEFORE you post a comment...it will make you look less ignorant next time.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Reply
      • Kumeron

        Dummy this is the net and a question was asked. If you don't know just shut up.

        February 26, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
    • justme2323

      You are correct. Captured prisoners were marking up the margins to communicate.
      i'm afraid that Kom is the ignorant one here.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:42 am | Reply
  76. Wade

    Complete hypocrites. Remember they attacked Bush relentlessly with the help of the Liberal Media and twisted every story into a lie about Bush.

    February 26, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Reply
    • YouBetcha

      True. Well said.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Reply
    • mark

      you mean like when she called him a village idiot and Gore called him a traitor during wartime??? you mean like that?? Hypocritical indeed!!

      February 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Reply
    • J

      Wow you really don't get it it all. Have a clue, it's not about any criticism of Obama, it's about this particular issue.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Reply
    • SurRy

      Anyone who criticized the Bush/Cheney cabal was called unamerican and against the troops.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Reply
    • SurRy

      I seem to recall Bush apologizing to the Iraqi Prime Minister when an American sniper used of a copy of the Quran for target practice. Where was the Fox Entertainment Network crowd's feigned outrage then?

      February 26, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Reply
    • Kumeron

      Wade you're just anti-America to be attacking our foreign representatives. You probably just a Taliban trying to troll here anyway.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Reply
    • Lord Haw-Haw

      Still bitter, are we?

      Good.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:24 am | Reply
  77. Richard

    Obama's fundamental problem is that he believes the world is civilized and will respond to civilized overtures. They do not. They respond to force and money, that's it. Kowtowing to religious maniacs and terrorists never did anyone any good. He wants to be Chamberlain, and the world isn't ready for that kind of thinking.

    February 26, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  78. RE Mcray

    Republicans only know how to criticize. Their goal is to employ fear and chaos regardless of who they hurt or the millions of people who die for their misguided cause.

    February 26, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  79. Jim Colyer

    Get rid of Clinton and Obama both

    February 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Reply
    • Kumeron

      No dummy. You Taliban we won't do what you say.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Reply
  80. Calvin Hobbes

    Does Hillary Clinton really speak for America? The current set of Democrats in this administration do not understand leadership, Clinton, Obama, Reid, and Pelosi all believe leadership consists of bullying and political favors. This is what the American people object to. This is why the American people do not believe in them. This is why the word does not believe what they say. This is why people of world are skeptical in their actions. Soros and the entertainment billionaires believe they have control of America by wresting control with money. However these people cannot stand where there is nothing, they have never been a target for anyone, and they have never tread where all hell is breaking loose, this is where the money means nothing and so does their "political" influence to bully and buy. This is where we have served with our brothers, sons, sisters, daughters, fathers, and mothers, and where the American people now have to stand today.

    February 26, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Reply
    • Rick Stark

      You can't possibly be serious. The previous administration started 2 stupid wars....the current administration actually deploys something called diplomacy, something lacking in the Cheney years.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Reply
      • YouBetcha

        You're confusing Diplomacy with Appeasement.

        February 26, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
      • Kumeron

        Republicans are always over reaching too. They love to control womens bodies. I want to see a debate between our Prez. and Santorum because Mitt is trying to lie his way to victory. Let's get a real debate and get rid of FAKE Paul.

        February 27, 2012 at 12:01 am |
    • jbs

      What are you talking about......stop taking those terrible drugs!

      February 26, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Reply
    • SurRy

      Oh dear, sounds like you get your talking points from a foreigner who owns the US media.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Reply
    • Suki Barnstorm

      Wow...let's replace "Hilary Clinton" with "Mitch McConnell" or "John Boehner". Also, let's change Soros and entertainment billionaires with Koch Bros and wall street billionaires. The GOP is so out of touch with the American people and are doing so much damage to our standing in the world because other countries are worried that the GOP will take over and all hell will break loose.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Reply
    • Siplemer

      Yes, they speak for America. Are you a Taliban because Republicans are basically Talibans. It is one of you that burnt the Quran knowing what problems it would cause. You Republicans are anti-American.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:03 am | Reply
  81. Pditty

    So all of the violence and amoral behavior of Muslim nations can be traced back to a missing apology? If only the 19 hijackers and their supporters could have been given an apology the twin towers would still be standing. Daniel pearl would not have been decapitated on tape and women wouldn't be stoned for showing skin in public. I thought Muslims were violent hateful people that had a long history of violence and death, always fighting with someone. Here they are just misunderstood and lacking a simple series of apologies.

    The liberal mind is truly void of any reality.

    February 26, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Reply
    • Rick Stark

      Here's some reality for you junior. You know that burning a Koran will provoke that type of response, correct? Seen it before haven't we? So why not try to diffuse the situation with some diplomacy? Not macho enough for you? Not enough bombs and guns for you?

      February 26, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Reply
      • YouBetcha

        Here's some reality for you, old timer. The korans in question were confiscated from detainees who'd scribbled "revolutionary" [aka known as HATE messages] in them. If they value tham so much why did they deface them?
        When they stop burning Catholics and other Christians ALIVE in their churches while they are holding their Sacred Scriptures [the Bible] I'll agree to diplomacy.

        If Obama had the first clue about the Muslim mentality – he'd know that to apologise is seen as weakness. Which is why AFTER his apology, they shot two more US soldiers and chanted that Obama is "The black dog" Dog being a huge Muslim insult. They only respect Dictators! You MUST know that!

        February 26, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
      • SurRy

        "If Obama had the first clue about the Muslim mentality – ..." It's so hard to keep it all straight. Obama doesn't have a clue about the Muslim mentality. Obama is a Muslim. Obama is not a Christian. Obama attended Rev. Wright's church for 20 years...

        February 26, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
      • Lord Haw-Haw

        A question for youbetcha: Which dictators do they respect?

        The ones that we propped up? Or the ones that we propped up?

        February 27, 2012 at 12:28 am |
  82. Wheldon

    LOL...our government tramples religiousfreedom here in our country and then we expect an apology for burning holy books to be taken seriously. When actions do not support words, words hold no weight. So, when ones words ring hollow, there is nothing left to do but deflect and blame others..

    February 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Reply
    • Rick Stark

      How does the government trample your religious freedom? Are you not able to worship the diety of your choice without fear of retribution? Just curious?

      February 26, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Reply
      • Christopher

        Democrats traded American's right to freely choose how they worship God for some free pills.
        What's to say they won't trade our right to fee speech for free pizza every Thursday night?

        Over 98% of people approve of free pizza.

        February 27, 2012 at 12:00 am |
    • Shane

      lol at the ignorance of this post.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Reply
    • Kumeron

      Republicans trample on a womans body wanting to stick stuff in her uterus without consent. (rapists)

      February 26, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Reply
      • Christopher

        The bill is one page long.

        Can you cite the language in the bill that has you foaming at the mouth?

        I bet you can't...i bet people like you don't come to these ridiculous conclusions on your own.

        February 27, 2012 at 12:02 am |
      • chris

        Demos (and Republicans) legislate against a woman using her own body to work for less than minimum wage. You want to control what drugs she can take. You want force vaccinations on her, and also imprison her in public school until she reaches age 18. But when she uses her body to kill another innocent human being, then the outrage begins about bodily rights.

        February 27, 2012 at 10:13 am |
  83. Jubril

    If an apology will save the live of one US Soldier then its worth it, This republican clowns have never been to a battle grounds, their children are partying, drinking beer and waking up in a comforter while children of the poor who don't have health insurance are losing their lives and limbs on battle grounds

    February 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Reply
    • frank

      You are absolutely correct. The GOP clowns have little regard for the truth or any sense of responsibility for their scurrilous comments.

      February 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Reply
      • Christopher

        See if you can address any of their arguments without attacking them personally, or referring to your own imaginary, fantastical propaganda.

        Go ahead...knock it out of the park...I'll hold my breath.

        February 27, 2012 at 12:03 am |
    • Wheldon

      There is the possibility that an apology may actually cost more lives. If we only apologize becasue we fear the taking of lives rather than really care about the books, then one realizes that targeting our troops will get more attention. We assume the outcome based on our comfortable understanding of the world here. There is little dount, from that area of the world, that we do not respect religious belief as noted by how we live here. We judge them based on how we live and believe. They judge us based on how they live and believe and neither side understands the other way of life. They dio not want our world any more than we want theirs and we are the oppressors to them. Apologize...no...get out.

      February 26, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Reply
    • sonnie

      Did we get an apology when the twin tower came down from these cowards who take the lives of inocent women and children. Those sheet heads have a real problem and we bettert deal with it soon. They can burn our flag and burn or bibles and nothing is done. Why should we worry about burning the book of hate they spew??

      February 26, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Reply
    • SurRy

      sonnie, what does this have to do with the Saudis who attacked our nation on September 11th?

      February 26, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Reply
    • Frank

      Big O apologizing may have made things worse, resulting in the death of US soldiers by Afghan military.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:09 am | Reply
  84. JohnL

    After Abu Ghraib photos made public, George W Bush and many members of his administration apologized. For example:
    These events occurred on my watch. As secretary of defense, I am accountable for them. I take full responsibility. It is my obligation to evaluate what happened, to make sure those who have committed wrongdoing are brought to justice, and to make changes as needed to see that it doesn't happen again. I feel terrible about what happened to these Iraqi detainees. They are human beings. They were in U.S. custody. Our country had an obligation to treat them right. We didn't do that. That was wrong. To those Iraqis who were mistreated by members of U.S. armed forces, I offer my deepest apology. It was un-American. And it was inconsistent with the values of our nation.
    —Donald Rumsfeld,

    February 26, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
    • YouBetcha

      THAT apology was for torturing people mercilessly. THIS is disposing of a few korans that the detainees had scribbled "revolutionary" messages in. How could Muslims DEFACE their sacred scripture with SCRIBBLE?????? Have they no respect? And as they obviously don't – why apologise.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Reply
      • Tim Rigney

        Because, bottom line, it could help prevent another terrorist attack. You suck it up when it could save thousands of lives. The United States will somehow survive that. Too.

        February 27, 2012 at 4:18 am |
  85. Steven Colo

    Yup. A nation not used to democracy would have a hard time understanding the GOP candidates making inflammatory, pointless statements that did not reflect the government itself. Clinton needed to do everything in her power to assure the Arab nations that the dolts making the statements had no legitimacy and no chance of becoming President.

    Ironic that after Obama apologized for inadvertent actions, Clinton had to apologize for deliberate stupid actions in no way connected with the US government.

    February 26, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Reply
    • Ralf The Dog.

      Sometimes, I think the Conservative leadership intentionally damage this country to make it easier to control. It seems to be their goal to make America seem to the rest of the world, a country of spoiled, mentally retarded children.

      Note to the world: The Conservative freaks you see on this board represent a tiny fraction of our population. Most of us see them with nothing but contempt. (There are reasonable conservatives in this country, most of them do not post on CNN.)

      February 26, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Reply
      • Whiteberry

        You are sadly mistaken buddy. I would say that the MAJORITY of people in America disagree with your post.

        February 26, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
      • Awwww...

        Republican freaks, democratic freaks, independent freaks, libertarian freaks...black, white, religious, aetheirtc, staright, gay fraks we all be. Get used to it...you are one freaks in a country of many. Just happens to be who we are.

        February 26, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
      • sonnie

        That is not at all what the 2010 election results said. Do you have your head buried somewhere?

        February 26, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
      • YouBetcha

        What a totally inane remark. I make it a point NEVER to trust anyone like you who presumes to speak for "Most People" without a shred of evidence.

        February 26, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
      • Kumeron

        Republicans are like Talibans. They both want to control what women can do with their bodies. I am not surprise that they would be upset at our female secretary of state.

        February 26, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • togirl

      Your President had to apologise, not only was it the right thing to do, it showed that he is a greater man than the #$### on the other side. It was a class act. I'm sorry to say that the criticism that followed was not.

      Americans seem to think that saying 'sorry' is not part of your vocabulary. It should be, a little humility goes a long way.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:00 am | Reply
      • Frank

        Members of the Afghanistan military shot and killed US troops. Do you believe these shootings were justified?

        February 27, 2012 at 5:59 am |
  86. RR

    William, what we have here is the Tyranny of the Two and refers to two opposing ideas about how to do things, creating conflict. And have a look again at the current political deadlock. Hardly a "majority" situation.

    February 26, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Reply
    • William

      Duhhhhh....It both parties. They are the Majority. That is pretty simple to understand.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Reply
  87. William

    She can represent America all she wants. She does not, however, represent my opinion. And that is the problem with politicians........Tyranny of the majority. It is not a Constitutional Republic anymore. "The Greatest Generation" has ruined our country with their know-it-all mentalities. But you know, "why do they always send the poor" to fight for their ideas?

    February 26, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Reply
    • Lord Haw-Haw

      Because the poor are the most likely to enlist.

      February 26, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Reply
    • brass

      Yeah, Bush was late for the war and still elected POTUS, people rallied for him leading wars to nowhere.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:12 am | Reply
      • Derrique Stuckey

        Speaking of 'late'...I don't remember seeing YOU over there.

        February 27, 2012 at 2:51 am |
    • Tim Rigney

      How is rule by majority vote a tyranny? Rule by majority vote is the exact definition of a Democratic Republic. Vote against Obama if you want him out of there, and exercise your right to do the same.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:14 am | Reply
      • Tim Rigney

        *sigh* – – "To encourage OTHERS to do the same." Hey, it's 4 a.m 😉

        February 27, 2012 at 4:15 am |
      • Jim

        There is no such thing as a, "Democratic Republic." DR's are always repressive regimes using words that people with little or no understanding will glom onto. A couple of these wonder "Democratic Republic" nations are (or were) the German Democratic Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

        We live in a Republic by definition but certainly not in practice.

        February 27, 2012 at 7:12 am |
  88. Ralf The Dog.

    Do any of you guys remember the wimpy little kid who was never willing to admit to being wrong about anything? Do you remember the contempt all the other kids felt for that wimpy little brat? That is how the rest of the world views America. When we are wrong, we need to stand up and admit we were wrong. Then, when we stand up for ourselves and tell them we are right, it will have meaning.

    February 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
    • Ann

      Afghanistan killed two of our troops and this behind apologizes to them! The guy is a sicko right from h*;ll. when are these demmie politician dumbos going AWAY.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Reply
      • Ralf The Dog.

        Admitting the books should not have been burned is not saying the terrorist retaliation was justified. To the contrary, it is saying, we are strong enough to take the high road and those who appose us are weak. A person or country never willing to accept responsibility for their actions is always viewed with contempt. If we stand up and say, "The books should not have been burned" and the terrorists stand up and say, "We are glad we killed the Americans", it will show the world, the terrorists are nothing but a bunch of pansy Conservatives, who are beneath contempt.

        February 26, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
  89. NASCAR DELAYED BY RAIN

    I'd sure like to fuck Danica Patrick up the ass and shoot in her mouth!

    February 26, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
    • G.I. Jizz: A Real American Faggot

      Beer just shot out of my nose.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Reply
      • war, war sttopid

        AND WE CALL THE AFGHANS IGNORANT SAVAGES......

        February 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
      • Papa Joe

        No surprise the Joe Bob. We as Americans always should lead the way! Not invade & take over countries. What did this 10 year adventure by Bush do for us. NOTHING! As I learned in Vietnam war always does not follow the script & when we as Americans make mistakes we r the only ones who will follow the correct path and own up to them. That is what makes us Americans !

        February 26, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
      • G.I. Jizz: A Real American Faggot

        You might. I don't.

        February 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • Ralf The Dog.

      What happened to the "Report Abuse" button?

      February 26, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Reply
      • humberto

        What good did it do reporting the illegal manipulation of mercinaries out of the White House ?

        February 27, 2012 at 3:38 am |
  90. ch

    Wow where to start first if you don't like the politics in America then keep out of it, mrs clinton is trying to use her position to play politics on a world stage and she needs to be very careful. I always believed we as US citizens had the right to speak for her to say they do not have the right is very nazi like.
    Second this is over burning a book that had already been defaced, what screaming and outrage occured when the Afgan goverment ordered the burning of hundreds of Bibles, this is a factual statement where is the outrage or apology. Thiese are books nothing more if you want to act to the fool that is your choice but don't espect me to feel sorry for you.

    February 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Reply
    • Edwin

      Books to you, not to them. A christian is bothered by a burning bible, but only because it means the ideas are not being accepted. The 'holy' bible is merely words in print - the book itself holds no holiness other than the contents. Not so for these particular muslims - to them the qu'ran is a holy artifact. To them, burning it is like burning (or worse) the American flag is to some Americans. So... no apology for burning bibles - it wasn't a religious insult. This is.

      Plus: even if you disagree, you can count numbers. We've lost four people already because of this. If it dies down, then we might not lose more. If instead self-important Americans complain and ridicule it, it may fan the flames, making a difficult situation worse. Yes, you DO have free speech. Use it wisely, not stupidly. Is it really worth another American dying so you can complain this particular time?

      February 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Reply
      • Whiteberry

        You are justifying the actions of these cockroaches. How can you say that the Quran is any more holy than the bible? You say this because of the unacceptable response by these ignorant Muslims. As for myself, I am tired of kissing the a** of these pieces of sh***. I say start shooting these bastards until they learn how to act like humans.

        February 26, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
      • James

        Whiteberry, you realize by inflammatory things like this that we push their people to actually join the Taliban because we look bad? Why is it that pride is so hard for you to put aside for actually accomplishing the mission?

        February 26, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
    • Humancide

      They already said they will never stop killing Americans till we are all muslim. When are politicians gonna realize you cant win this because you can't negotiate with them.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply
    • Ralf The Dog.

      Edwin, for them, it is not like burning the flag, it is like burning god. It is not something that those of us from the west can understand.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  91. AuggieDoggy

    Inflame? Maybe we should keep our big yaps shut for a change. Maybe we should hit them hard, let them know that we're not going to pour honey on their feelings anymore. Nothing but appeasement language, always bowing to our enemies. They think we're a joke.

    February 26, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
    • G.I. Jizz: A Real American Faggot

      And thanks to inbred, dickless fuck-heads such as yourself, we are.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Reply
    • Ralf The Dog.

      When you do something moronic and refuse to accept blame, it is a sign of weakness. Conservatives are making this country look like a bunch of wimps and an easy target. If we wish other countries to respect us, we need to stop with the mindless bluster.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  92. AuggieDoggy

    Apoligizing got our troops killed. He only made it worse.

    February 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply
    • G.I. Jizz: A Real American Faggot

      No, invading other countries got our troops killed.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
    • lagunalad

      Correction.....the repugs criticism of the sincere apology made things worse.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
    • Ralf The Dog.

      The apology made us look strong. People going ape about it, makes us look like a country of wimps that are unwilling to accept responsibility for our own mistakes.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  93. Andy Christensen

    It's time to realize, if it wasn't already obvious, that south Asia is a devoutly Muslim area. Whether one likes that or approves of it is irrelevant. That's the way it is. We are trying to help establish a stable Afghan state to deprive our enemy, Al Qaeda, of a sanctuary. Burning Korans hurts those efforts - the people there will always go ballistic. Whatever we do in that region or whatever we end up accomplishing, it will never happen because we overcame or changed their religious outlook, it will only happen because we to some degree understood and accommodated it.

    February 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Reply
    • owood4

      Do you remember 911??? Where were you??? They freaking hate us!!! We do not kill those Muslims in the name of our Christian/Jewish/Morman God!!!! We are retaliating and should be exiting the East NOW... build our own schools and let those bastards continue killing each other for the next 10,000 years as they have been!

      February 26, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
      • Richard

        Funny, I thought George W. Bush called it a "crusade".

        February 26, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • Andy Christensen

      Of course I remember 9/11. What does that have to do with whether we should be sensitive to the cultural characteristics of an area where we are trying to work? The people of the region did not attack the Twin Towers. 13 Al Qaeda operatives did. The Taliban, in power in Afghanistan at the time, condemned the attacks, as did almost every other government in the world.

      There is no willingness to win the war against Al Qaeda without the willingness to pay attention to the cultural terrain of South Asia.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Reply
    • Humancide

      The only thing we need is a full scale nuclear war, or an astroid the size of texas to hit the earth. Its about the only thing thats gonna fix this planet once and for all.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Reply
      • Americaneedsrealists

        You my friend are an idiot. I will never believe that we cannot fix what is wrong with this world. What it does not need are pessimistics #%@^&s like you. We need leaders with some intelligence and ethics, unfortunately at this time we have none but I for one will keep the faith.

        February 26, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • edmundburkeson

      The reason you can believe that you are more holy than Muslims, Christians, or Budhists is because the Christian view of civil government triumphed in the West. The sword of the state is not used to spread religion. So your blatant, in your face, secular faith may be credited to christian tolerance. I doubt that your secular faith would produce such tolerance in the civic arena.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  94. Steve

    It's not really about politics. It's about someone with a sack telling them to look at their own Quran and ask if it justifies killing for such things as cartooning the prophet and burning a book. no other religion has that intolerance. Burn our flags, bibles, bodies INTENTIONALLY... and there are no mass riots and killing.

    February 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Reply
    • AL

      They're not acting any different than Christians did during the Inquisition or the Crusades. The problem is the institutions, not the religions. Whether it's der Newter inflaming things in America or a mullah inflaming things in Afghanistan....it's all the same.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply
      • spud

        If I remember correctly the inquisition and crusades were hundreds of years ago. Not very relevant to what is happening today. Anyway, muslims killed many, many people during those times, too.

        February 26, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • Edwin

      ... or maybe it's about a violent, unstable situation that *might* dissipate if we sincerely apologize. The truth is, we DID make a mistake, an error. We did not intend to burn the Qu'ran books. In big organizations, screw-ups happen. In war, bad things happen. Either way you look at it, it was an accident. If it bothers them, why SHOULDN'T we apologize?

      And BTW, just because WE don't understand why it upsets them so much doesn't make it irrelevant. Part of living in a global world means accepting that not everybody thinks like Americans.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  95. A MESSAGE TO ALL RADICAL AMERICAN MUSLIMS

    Just remember there's a trailer park in your neighbor and in every American neighborhood! And just remember the trailer trash always vote republicans! And just remember its the republicans who kill Muslims around the world! Now you know what to do!

    February 26, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Reply
    • Jihad Joe

      Thank you for the information.

      ALLAH AKBAR!!!!!

      February 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Reply
    • ch

      Wow not to ows are you? If you really believe what you are righting then you need to get off the peanut butter

      February 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Reply
    • Okayuaskedforit

      And remember this too: it's liberal Democrats who promote gay marriage, abortion, porn, etc. Look at the voting records.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Reply
      • G.I. Jizz: A Real American Faggot

        And it's Republican congressmen who cheat on their wives with other men. And page boys.

        February 26, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
    • John Galt

      @ss and troll..

      February 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Reply
    • Ralf The Dog.

      Brilliant!!!

      February 26, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  96. AuggieDoggy

    Did we Ahhh=fennnnd some Isalmo-Nazis. ....? Too bad. This President aaaa-fennnnds everyone by bowing to every nitwit 2-cent dictator in the Middle East, erstwhile pandering to the Greenqueer factions that are undermining our liberties with their entitlement mentality. The 5% do not tell the 95% how to run our lives.

    February 26, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Reply
    • war, war sttopid

      get a life you neo-nazi bigot

      February 26, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Reply
    • common sense

      your ignorance, backward-thinking, obviously out of touch, and just plain being uneducated is what gives everyone a bad name. I sincerely hope you have not reproduced

      February 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Reply
    • AL

      AuggieDoggie is obviously a moral midget trying to act like a human being and failing miserably.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  97. GT

    Criticism of the President is not helpful? Where was this sentiment when she was criticizing Bush? She's playing politics.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Reply
    • lagunalad

      It's not nice to criticze our future President in 2016

      February 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Reply
      • G.I. Jizz: A Real American Faggot

        I'd rather suck Newt's festering cock than waste a vote on that stupid bitch.

        February 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • AuggieDoggy

      Who doesn't he bow to? Oh, that's right, the Oil industry. He'll teach them a lesson by installing windmills, algae farms, solar and wind turbine collectives. That will teach them not to mess around with him. Wait till we have $5 a gallon gas. That will make us feel better about ourselves. Nitwit.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Reply
    • owood4

      Those SOBs burn OUR people... so we burnt a few books and our Commander says "sorry." WTF is wrong with America??? Please vote this idiot out of office and put a REAL man in his place!!!

      February 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Reply
      • G.I. Jizz: A Real American Faggot

        What the fuck is wrong with America, you ask? Simple. It's filled with waste's of sperm such as yourself.

        February 26, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
      • common sense

        we all know it won't be you! idiot.

        February 26, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
  98. We The People

    Its a sad affair when any American feels burning of Quran is OK. Sorry I might not be Muslim but hurting others feeling is not OK. Just like its not OK for those fools to burn the American fan. No both are wrong and should be condemned regardless of political affiliation. I can be easily convinced to vote republican but not by these republican fools who are living is dark age where they feel its more important to prove Americans are better people. Yes we do more than any other country but we are human beings just like them. They may have more flaws than us but to treat them different/inferior is only going make things worse. Lets understand each other as opposed to calling ourselves superior because we are not. Don't we believe in God anymore?

    February 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
    • Patriot

      Well said, "We the people".

      February 26, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
    • war, war sttopid

      good post. Burning qurans in Afghanistan is like leaving a drug addict unsupervised in a meth lab and hoping for the best. The whole pipelinistan situation is a tragedy from which a few oil and gas barons stand to make trillions at the expense of everyone else.

      U.S. INTERESTS IN THE CENTRAL ASIAN
      REPUBLICS HEARING BEFORE THE
      SUBCOMMITTEE ON ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
      OF THE COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL
      RELATIONS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
      ONE HUNDRED FIFTH CONGRESS SECOND SESSION
      FEBRUARY 12, 1998

      February 26, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Reply
      • humberto

        With any luck Clinton will get five years for obstructing justice in egypt, concerning a criminal trial, while others claim foreignors involved in a fraud were not notified, despite her attempting to barter.

        February 27, 2012 at 2:11 am |
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