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.



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    February 28, 2012 at 9:49 am | Reply
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      The Court knowing there is no legal reason or jurisdiction of US Court involvement in foreign political affairs.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Reply
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  51. V Anthony

    Obamas apologetic approach to the Islamic murdering fanatics is something he wishes to prove that Republicans didnt or wouldnt try diplomacy.This is totally flawed.Iran spit in his face and so will all of them.Get us out of harms way and away from their books and proven evilness,NOW! ￱

    February 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Reply
  52. jerry

    I wonder how President Regan would have handled this. He was a patriot, and I believe he would have firmly said: this was not meant to cause any hard feelings, our service personel were destroying these books in accordance to muslim doctrine, I'm sorry some in Afganistan feel differently.

    obama goes too far...he has had everyone remotely in the chain of command beg forgiveness on their knees...and this is why the problem continues...it is called weak incompetent leadership.

    February 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • humberto

      Don't you know how to read, Johnny ?

      February 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  53. tessie

    this president bowed to the saudi prince when he first took office and has been bowing to islam and fundamental islamists since. apologizing is one thing but saying that he will punish those responsible is un-American. these soldiers did not break any american laws. two americans were murdered by the very same people that trained the terrorists who killed americans on 911. obama reprimanded our servicemen for burning a book and said nothing about the soldiers that were murdered in retribution. i think he has become confused as to who he was elected to serve.

    February 27, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply
    • jerry

      really...if you stand back and think about it...obama is ignorant, he has muffed about everything he has done, domestically and abroad. If we could view his academic records I think it would be obvious, he is just plain ignorant.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  54. V Anthony

    Meanwhile with all the BS tht is being said what of the soldiers who's lives are shattered because these vultures have to flip out over every thing or anything that we do unintentional to offend their precious faith!

    February 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  55. Where is Reagan when you need him?

    Most of these posts show all that is wrong with America. The feminization of the American male, the belief that Socialism and the redistribution of wealth will solve all our problems, and the downward spiral of the U.S. into a third world country. With a population like this the U.S. is doomed.

    February 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Reply
    • jerry

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      February 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Reply
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        February 27, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
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        February 27, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
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        February 27, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
  56. Joe Gets

    Let's me try to explain this by an example. Let's say there are 2 neighbors (A and B). Neighbor A loves his lawn and keeps it nice and clean and has WARNED people that no one should walk. In the past nieghbor A has taken a fit when the mailman walked over it and almost killed the guy. Neighbor B is a carefree guy and doesn't care about his lawn and the grass is 3 feet tall (there may be Vietnam war wets hiding in there thinking war is not over yet). Neighbor B has failed to warn his children to never ever go on neighbor As lawn. One day neighbor Bs kids go on neighbor As lawn and he beats the crap out of the kids. Can we condem neighbor A considering he had warned people not to go on it and based on his previous reaction everyone should have been careful. It's neighbor Bs negligence in not warning his kids to not go on the lawn. Though this is a simplistic scenario but it tells us how Muslims react when their Prophet, Holy Book or religion is insulted so to provoke them is negligence on our part.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • Joe Gets

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      February 27, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply
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      February 27, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
      • Chokoy

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    • JP

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      February 27, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  57. Joe Gets

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    February 27, 2012 at 10:20 am | Reply
    • Where is Reagan when you need him?

      Islam is a corrupt religion. They preach violence, hate and murder. They no more deserve an apology than any of the other crazies in this world.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  58. Laura

    The President did the right thing. When you offend someone, you apologize; this is built in American culture and this should be in a politic too, including the foreign one. But what those GOP candidates doing, criticizing Obama and showing their truly arrogant meaning and inflaming the situation further, should be a good warning for the rest of us when we will vote in November, that those people dangerous for America and for the world peace.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:19 am | Reply
    • NavyAirVet

      He did the right thing because you say so? I believe he did the right thing for himself and his so-called Nobel Peace Prize ways. What a joke you people are. Apologize for what? accidentally burning books, that's not even worth apologizing over, he should have let the Generals handle this uprising. Quit apologizing for Obama apologizing people, it's the way he deals with Muslims over the way he deals with Catholics. One he tries to punish and one he constantly apologizes to!

      February 27, 2012 at 10:35 am | Reply
      • JMG

        Maybe because Obama knows to many they aren't just "books"....

        The gross devaluing of the situation makes it EXTREMELY easy to criticize, which usually means you already have something against the President and/or the Muslim religion or the people who practice it, so, say THAT instead of trying to appear to give some objective point of view. If you are a racist, bigot, or whatever, wear it proud! Too bad the POTUS doesn't want to continue to be viewed that way Internationally.

        February 27, 2012 at 10:43 am |
      • theonedog

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        February 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
      • Where is Reagan when you need him?

        They are not 'just books'. They are chapters of hate.

        February 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
      • Where is Reagan when you need him?

        I don't think they are not 'just books'. They are chapters of hate.

        February 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  59. Rich

    Soldiers have already died due to these Quran burnings and it was just revealed today that there was an attempt to poison soldiers at a base in response to it as well. While Obama apologizing for those burnings may or may not deter these actions, every candidate should think that apologizing is the right move to make, both because it may save lives and because we should have been more mindful in how we handled those books.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:15 am | Reply
    • JC

      It isn't the failure in handling the books that worries me. It's the complete failure to keep the whole thing out of the press. If the books did, in fact, contain materials which would have assisted our enemies, then they needed to be destroyed. However, it could have, and should have been handled quietly.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:19 am | Reply
      • Rich

        Yes, indeed, I agree. The fact they were not necessitates an apology and GOP candidates using that apology as firepower at the expense of potentially harming our soldiers abroad is not a good thing. There is no end to the things they can and will blast the President for, so I agree with Clinton that this should have not been one of those things. Do not harm our country and our soldiers needlessly.

        February 27, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • Where is Reagan when you need him?

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      February 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  60. blake

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    February 27, 2012 at 10:12 am | Reply
    • Rich

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      February 27, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply
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      February 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
    • Sick and Tired!

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      February 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  61. JC

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    February 27, 2012 at 10:03 am | Reply
    • Jean

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      February 27, 2012 at 10:10 am | Reply
    • Rich

      Suggesting that certain criticisms may be harmful to America's image abroad is not the same as suggesting that Obama should never be criticized.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:18 am | Reply
    • JMG

      I am just curious...how much time have you served over in Afghanistan or in the military in general? Have you ever been overseas for that matter? I have done both. This whole "us" vs. "them" stuff is 3rd grade cops and robbers. And you seem to believe that a President apologizing for something viewed by millions of people as offensive is wrong because it's "verbal pacification"? Look, no one likes it when the U.S. flag gets burned, because of "pride", so respect other people's walk of life, despite it not being one that YOU or "us" understands. Silly of so many Americans to act so bigoted and grandstand just because they happen to be on the other side of the fence. Obama doesn't want the public image of our Country to be "We are against all Muslims and their religion", and you seem to think that is wrong. **sigh**

      February 27, 2012 at 10:30 am | Reply
    • Lord Haw-Haw

      EVERYONE was vocal in their criticism of Bush Jr. No shortage of Obama detractors, either.

      Same old, same old.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
  62. BobbyGB

    That pesky First Amendment...it always gets in the way. Maybe we should bring back the Sedition Act?

    February 27, 2012 at 10:03 am | Reply
    • Rich

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      February 27, 2012 at 10:09 am | Reply
  63. Jean

    I suppose Mrs. Clinton has forgotten how divisive and down-right slanderous many liberals and left-wing nuts were to President Bush. I dare say that I found it more than somewhat troubling that our politics would enflame such dangerous situations in Afghanistan and Iraq while George W. Bush was President.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:03 am | Reply
    • JMG

      What does that have to do with anything? Ms. Clinton should be ok with any criticism because Bush was criticized?? Do you have children? If one of your children hits the other, is it ok for the child that was hit to stab the child that hit him? Or...do you tell your children violence in GENERAL is wrong. Ok, well, then...stop talking about what happened to Bush then and talk about a solution, not a left vs. right standoff. She has every right to support what she believes to be right, that has nothing to do with bi-partisan amnesia. And factor in the context also, this "criticism" is over a tremendous major issue, which I noticed that no matter what, in the face of ANY issue, GOPers seem to care more about calling people out than actually caring about the real issue or solutions. Makes no sense as "Americans" who are supposed to be Pro-Country, not Pro-GOP or Pro-Conservative.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:35 am | Reply
  64. Larry Trickel

    The question is: Is anyone in this Administration ever not in "campaign" mode? It is very clear that Clinton doesn't want anyone to speak out against the Dictator and Chief.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:56 am | Reply
    • daveinla

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      February 27, 2012 at 9:58 am | Reply
    • Ryan

      I honestly think it'll be like this for every administration going forward. I actually lay this problem at the feet of media who starts whipping the public into a furor way too early. I mean, we've had the Republican nomination crap going on since last summer. That's a year and a half of campaign coverage out of a a 4 year presidential life-cycle.

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      February 27, 2012 at 10:00 am | Reply
    • Ryan

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      February 27, 2012 at 10:01 am | Reply
    • Rich

      So you expect the President to just let the other side attack him and not do any campaigning of his own? I wouldn't expect that of any President.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:02 am | Reply
    • JMG

      Man, grow up. Dictator in Chief. This is what you used your opportunity to say something to post? Gotta love this Country.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
    • Lord Haw-Haw

      In American politics, everyone is in 'campaign mode', 24/7 – 365.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
  65. ipmutt

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    February 27, 2012 at 9:52 am | Reply
    • Ryan

      " Obama has screwed up left and right with American foriegn (sic) policy. "

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      February 27, 2012 at 9:53 am | Reply
      • Bob

        Sure, standard hypocritical lib bs, blaming Bush for every Obama failure, while taking credit for success. You obviously don't have a clue Ryan, since Obama ESCALATED the Afghan war, even though he claimed that he would end it and get our troops back home, among many of his lies during the election! Btw, I am a lifelong democrat who will NOT be voting for MR SPEND, SPEND, SPEND, this time around!

        February 27, 2012 at 10:07 am |
      • Guest

        If you believe that you weren't paying attention in '08. He promised to end the Iraq war and escalate Afghanistan. He has done both. You can criticise him for a lot of things, but criticising him for keeping his promises is pretty dumb.

        February 27, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • bob

      Typical response from a moronic Repuke.

      Admitting error is the mark of a true man, nimrod.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:57 am | Reply
      • Bob

        Hey, Bob, at least he had somrthing to say, which isa lot more than the hate coming from your mouth. How about telling all of us about the national debt Bob? How about explaining how Obama just put us in another TRILLION $$$ worth of debt, and how wer're going to pay it off.

        February 27, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • Rich

      Look, there's plenty of things that people can choose to criticize Obama for, but there are some topics that have consequences beyond our borders and candidates should be mindful of that fact. This do anything to win attitude is just fine and well for the most part, but some restraint should be practiced from time to time in the name of protecting the country. It's not as if this issue is going to get any of the candidates elected, it's just a little stump point they're trying to use for the mildest of possible gains, yet fanning the flames abroad.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:00 am | Reply
      • Matty

        Absolutely agree Rich. Politics continue to escate at the expense of our country as a whole. Parties are more willing than ever to use scumbag mudslinging tactics and Congressional stalling to try and get their own politicians into office. They are too busy focused on what they think is wrong, rather than providing the solutions that can make things right!

        February 27, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • Ryan

      Bless you Rich! That was a long-form response that wasn't inflammatory! It stuck out like a sore thumb, but in a good way.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:03 am | Reply
  66. Matty

    Hell, next time they burn our flag, give them a taste of their own medicine. Better yet, get our troops the hell out of there and let them fix their own damned country.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:50 am | Reply
    • AmericanSam

      That's not a good idea. We're supposed to be better than that.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:09 am | Reply
      • Bob

        Better than what!? The USA still has the worlds largest stockpile of nuclear weapons, uses naplam to incinerate humans, and manufactures, uses, and sells more weapons than any other nation on this planet, and you say that we're supposed to be better than that Seriously, WAKE UP you us government brainwashed tool!

        February 27, 2012 at 10:16 am |
  67. Puddin

    Jason, don't you think it's real childish to call the Pres. of the US such a name as "Obummer?" He won the presidency fair and square and does not deserve such disrespect. If you were not such a "die-hard" Republican, perhaps you might be a bit more reasonable. None of the Repubs want to admit that GWB got us in this situation now, but when they lost in '08, they said "we know Bush messed us up." I remember it well. So you would be wise not to even go there.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:46 am | Reply
    • back off the prez

      I agree... Many on the right have become very comfortable slandering the president, its like they think its ok because he doesn't retaliate. and frankly, i think that why we love him so much, he doesn't care about the backstabbing, and that probably has much to do with why they hate him so much... no matter what they say, racist or otherwise, he doesnt get rattled! Haha, right wing bullies, all that negativity is only digging your hole deeper.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:56 am | Reply
      • Hurryup 2012

        Your funny....it was ok when you libratards slandered Bush

        February 27, 2012 at 10:05 am |
  68. NothingsNew

    If you were living in a country occupied by Muslims who were keeping you in prison you might respond with mountain of anger if they burned your Bible, so think a bit before you judge. I've seen the right wingnuts kill people for lesser biblical offences...being gay...performing abortions...being of a different religion..being of a different race. So don't be so arrogant in saying you're better. Christians have a long history of doing exactly the same thing, even in modern times.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:45 am | Reply
    • Evangenitals

      100% right.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:51 am | Reply
    • Okayuaskedforit

      But when a few "Christians" do this the Christian community doesn't condone such behavior. Where is the outcry of disapproval from the Mus lim community. Also, I never heard of a Christian killing innocent people over Bible burning.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:59 am | Reply
  69. Joe

    What isn’t helpful is kissing the butts of these ‘rioters’. The message should be, “Stop crying about a book and move into this century and stop acting like primitive losers you are…aspire to be more.”

    All Obama does is kiss butt and make apologies to every low life in the world.

    Besides, it was perfectly OK to criticize Bush, what’s changed? The only thing that’s changed is that there’s a communist for a president.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:44 am | Reply
    • exgov

      Joe – Incredible that you, or anyone else, who have never been involved in international diplomatic exchanges, think with your meager education that you have the answers. Yes, just tell them to go to hell! That'll settle them down and stop them from attacking our soldiers. Soldiers, by the way, who should be withdrawn from that hell hole as rapidly as possible.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
    • back off the prez

      Really?? A communist? and your a child molester.

      Oh is that too much? So its ok to say anything true or not about our president, but its not ok to say things about you??

      February 27, 2012 at 9:58 am | Reply
      • Where is Reagan when you need him?

        I agree that Obama is not a communist. He is a Socialist which is different of course.

        February 28, 2012 at 1:39 am |
    • Rich

      Hey Joe, it's well known that you're a Satanist, and I think you should disclose that, to be fair. Anyway, the problem with your statement is that it's much more than "a book" to these people.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:06 am | Reply
      • NavyAirVet

        Name calling shows you guys are getting weak in your defense of this inept President. You would never have given Bush this kind of leeway and you know it! Bush was ridiculed for every decision and a lot of the criticism came from the guy who is now supporting Bush's policies and making his own excuses and apologies which now all of a sudden you support.

        February 27, 2012 at 10:16 am |
      • Rich

        Pardon, but I just returned favor for favor. What part of my statement was in defense of Obama?

        February 27, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  70. tstorm

    I applaud President Obama for apologizing for what accidentally happened in Afghanistan. Should he have apologized? If it saves even one American soldiers life, then YES!!! Republicans would have all our military slaughtered just because they think they are "right". Shame on the GOP for caring so little about our military.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:40 am | Reply
    • John

      I belive you are the stupid one. There are many other people other than "soldiers" in Afghanistan. Is it that hard to understand the difference between a Marine, Airman, Soldier, and Sailor? Secondly, John O is completely correct, it was encouraged to bash Bush but Obama gets a free pass on everything. For example, the current state of our economy is not Obama's fault. After 3 years in office, it's still the Republicans and Bush's fault.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply
    • Jom Bob

      GOP'rs are anything but rational. Shoot from the hip, react quickly with no forethought. That's the kind of "thinking" that got us into Iraq, by Dubya. No WMD's, didn't get the person responsible for 9/11 (Oh. That's right. Obama DID get Bin Laden, with NO American lives lost...), almost a trillion spent, 4,000 troops dead. The last Republican came into the Presidency with a surplus, and left with a record deficit, that Obama is well on the way toward finally getting right. And some people want us to elect someone that will do the exact same things as Dubya? Are you kidding me?!?

      February 27, 2012 at 9:49 am | Reply
      • Whatev

        Duh.....when Dubya went to congress to get permission for the debacle in (something we have yet to see from Obummer) and he got 82 votes from Democrats in the House of Representatives and 29 votes out of the Senate including one from then senator Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton. You really need to get your facts straight before you lay this all on the feet of then president Dubya....he actually went to congress and got permission...ya dig?

        February 27, 2012 at 10:51 am |
      • Whatev


        February 27, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  71. BenthanyQP

    Do not criticize the president. Worship him.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:34 am | Reply
    • tstorm

      You sound like an idiot.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:39 am | Reply
    • Eric in RTP

      Don't read the article, just spew distortions.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:42 am | Reply
    • Ryan

      tStorm and Eric... I think you missed the sarcasm.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply
  72. DYVINE

    If they burned the BIBLE you all would be in uproar, so President Obama was not only appologizing to them, but to all Muslims throughout the world.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:19 am | Reply
    • maggie

      That's right. Unfortunately, Santorum and others are playing to red meat and to an anti-Muslim sentiment. God forbid the tables were turned. Same thing with this contraception brou haha. If Jehovah's Witnesses ran hospitals and refused to provide as Baptist kid with a badly needed blood transfusion on the basis of their religious beliefs, the Evangelicals would be in a total uproar. Of course, I would understand why but we can't have it both ways, kids.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:29 am | Reply
      • NothingsNew

        Oh my god. Could you imagine the OUTRAGE from Sanatorium and Mormony if the bible or the book of mormon was being burnt?!

        February 27, 2012 at 9:37 am |
    • NYC1972

      IF they burn the bible? they do it all the time, they burn everything, even humans, we don't run out and start killing people, know your facts fool.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:30 am | Reply
      • NothingsNew

        If you were living in a country occupied by Muslims who were keeping you in prison you might respond with mountain of anger if they burned your Bible, so think a bit before you judge. I've seen the right wingnuts kill people for lesser biblical offences.

        February 27, 2012 at 9:40 am |
      • Orl786

        I think you are missing the point NYC. The Afghan government has have not burned Bibles, however the radicals, which afghan government is trying to defeat have. Now, If the Gaineville preacher went ahead and burned the Quran, then i can see how its not the President's place to apologize, however it was our government. Stop thinking that every Muslim is your enemy..FOOL. Try living a decent humane life, where you can respect people and look past your mostly ignorant biases.

        February 27, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • Gene Cole

      Right – there are all sorts of incidents where Christians riot, kill, loot, and burn when someone disses their religion. It happens all the time, and... oh wait, that's the Muslims who do that.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:32 am | Reply
      • john

        radical muslims do these things, i would hope you understand the difference between a radical muslim burning a bible and an army that is a war because of this type of behavior doing the exact same thing

        February 27, 2012 at 9:47 am |
      • V Anthony

        @gene: really! when and where in the last 200 years?comparing Christians to these barbarian cut throats is completely ignorant.

        February 27, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • Brandon

      Sorry buddy, there wold not be riots and killings for burning a bible. We have better things to do.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:36 am | Reply
      • steven harnack

        So apparently they value their holy book much more than you do yours? It figures since most christians worship money and hate anything that interferes with the amassing of same.

        February 27, 2012 at 9:45 am |
      • Ryan

        Nothing justifies killing another human Steve. It creeps me out that you even start down that path in the tone of your response.

        February 27, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • Informed

      They did burn bibles already.....apparently....you just learned how to read.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:39 am | Reply
      • V Anthony

        @steven: you live in your own little box and in that box there is a fool.Bashing other religions to justify these vultures ￱actions is pure ignorance.

        February 27, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • Okayuaskedforit

      Wrong again. Christians may be upset over a Bible burning but they would not kill people for revenge. "Vengeance is mine" says the LORD.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:04 am | Reply
    • Jean

      They have burned the Bible and the American Flag and hung US Presidents in effigy – we do not rampage and murder innocent Muslims in retaliation.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:06 am | Reply
  73. geen04

    what part of "this is their country, we are the invaders and occupiers who understand NOTHING of their culture, can't speak or read their language, and, if the truth were indeed what the moron (bush) said it was–that we were their to find bin laden (which the pro-war president who succeeded him actually did)–we'd be out of there" does clinton and other cohorts of the obama regime NOT undestand?

    February 27, 2012 at 9:12 am | Reply
    • maggie

      I dunno. You might want to ask the Bush crowd. We invaded them 10 years ago under his administration, remember?

      February 27, 2012 at 9:20 am | Reply
      • Jason

        maggie....OBUMMER ADDED TROOPS....so please stop the "blame Bush" talking points.....OBUMMER could have ordered all troops out...instead he upped the ante....thus affirming the Bush incursion...so blame Barry OBUMMER as well... ......

        February 27, 2012 at 9:26 am |
    • humberto

      If you so care about Mexico why don't you take your F-150 with all your guns and do something.. and good luck.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:24 am | Reply
  74. JohnO

    Let me see if i got this right. Criticizing Bush was a patriotic duty. Criticizing Obama is not helpful to our foreign policy.

    These people really think we're stupid!

    February 27, 2012 at 9:11 am | Reply
    • NothingsNew

      No. Criticising Obama is fine when there is a point to it. However in this case it's not like he told them "Burn the Koran in front of them". These were solders who made a mistake on their own. Obama is stepping up to the plate by taking responsibility and apologising. Something the GOP woundn't get.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:15 am | Reply
      • maggie

        Yes, the total lack of diplomatic skill by the GOP candidates is showing. BTW, Obama's apology is not without precedent. Bush did as well to Iraq during his term. Both men were correct in doing so.

        February 27, 2012 at 9:22 am |
    • CHAV3Z

      You beat me to it. Absolute double standard.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:17 am | Reply
    • Gene Cole

      Absolutely... dissent was the highest form of patriotism until President Obama was elected. Now, it's just okey-dokey when the Secretary of State makes partisan political statements.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:25 am | Reply
    • Ed

      Critisizing war is time honored and with the Iraq war, it was well deserved, but critisizing an apology where the error has inflamed such violence and cost soldier's lives is irresponsible.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:27 am | Reply
      • maggie

        Irresponsible, yes. But hey, it plays well in Ohio doesn't it?

        February 27, 2012 at 9:30 am |
      • NothingsNew

        Exactly. Attacking the president for doing the right thing in offering an apology is not patriotic. Unless you really think it is in our country's best interest to but out there burning Korans! I hated the way the GOP screamed it was unpatriotic to criticise the president when it was convenient for them, so don't accuse the DEMs of doing the same when it is not true.

        February 27, 2012 at 9:33 am |
      • NYC1972

        it's just a piece of paper at the end of the day, no reason anybody should be even scratched for burning a book by accident or not, therefore, my president should not be apoligizing, just gives these nuts credit for being NUTS.

        February 27, 2012 at 9:33 am |
      • Gene Cole

        Sure – so, then Senators Obama and Reid said the surge would not work. That was OK, even tho it gave aid and comfort to our enemies. But, the criticism of President Obama for apologizing is wrong. Typical leftist logic.

        February 27, 2012 at 9:35 am |
      • Larry Trickel

        Ed, do you feel the violence is justified? If you don't, should someone in this Administration be DEMANDING that the violence stop....that killing is not justified. And the second point: Should the Secretary of State be telling other countries that they should not listen to both sides of an issue? I thought that was left to dictatorships.

        February 27, 2012 at 9:49 am |
      • steven harnack

        Hey Gene, take a look at Iraq today and then tell me again how "well" the surge worked. Just another failed expiriment with human lives in an unwise and unplanned fiasco.

        February 27, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Russell G.

      Criticizing Obama, or saying he should not have apologized adds flame to the fire and puts the lives of our soldiers more at risk. You completely missed the point...Dumbo!

      February 27, 2012 at 9:34 am | Reply
      • NavyAirVet

        Maybe some people believe that the President's apology follows a pattern that many consider as pandering to Muslims. You cannot restrict people from their own opinions by calling them stupid, that just shows a lack of knowledge on your part.

        February 27, 2012 at 9:50 am |
      • Larry Trickel

        Are you an authority on Islam? Do you have a clue about the religion of intolerance practiced for centuries? Get a clue. There is one thing that Islam understands and it is not tolerance!

        February 27, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Russell G.

      to JohnO
      Criticizing Obama, or saying he should not have apologized adds flame to the fire and puts the lives of our soldiers more at risk. You completely missed the point...and yes you are really pretty stupid!

      February 27, 2012 at 9:36 am | Reply
  75. geen04

    in 8 years of the moron's (bush)administration, 630 americans were sent to their deaths in the afghan quagmire..in just 3 years of the obama administration, 1284...oops....TWO more killed today....1286 americans were sent to their deaths in that quagmire–with an overwhelming majority of americans opposed to this occupation which is claiming their loved ones..I have yet to hear just exactly WHY we are continuing that war of aggression against the afghan people and the middle east. It is time and beyond time to bring the troops home. NOW. and to stop giving Obama and his administration a free ride in pursuing war and rattling sabers to start other ones...a veteran of another illegal war forty years ago, I'm tired of politicians who pretend to care about the lyoung people they are senselessly sending to their deaths

    February 27, 2012 at 9:07 am | Reply
  76. Hurryup 2012

    Gotta love the president and administration.....apologizes to the Afghans but not to the Terry family.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:07 am | Reply
  77. Wes

    Obama did thr right thing to apologize. In a part of the world were the US already seen in a bad light, the burning of a Quran could be seen as an attatck on the Islamic faith by the US. This is the absolute last thing the US needs right now in or war against terrorism.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:05 am | Reply
  78. humtake

    Democrats...the "do as I say, not as I do" club.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:03 am | Reply
  79. 4commonsensenow

    If your going to do something, do it right. Doing it right doesn't necessarily continuing with the same plan.Any new plan has to better, for the long term.Goodluck

    February 27, 2012 at 8:48 am | Reply
  80. googleman2

    I agree with Mrs. Clinton, but its a little hypocritical – we would have been out of Iraq years ago and many lives would have been saved if dems would have stood behind our president then.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:48 am | Reply
    • Paul

      How do you figure?

      February 27, 2012 at 8:52 am | Reply
      • googleman2

        It gave our opposition strength – made them think they were winning and could get us us before the country was stabalized.

        February 27, 2012 at 8:58 am |
  81. S

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

    February 27, 2012 at 8:40 am | Reply
    • GEdwards

      Go back and read the reasons Pres Bush wanted to attack Iraq. Did they attack us? Nope. Did he (and MANY Dems) consider them a threat and that it was an unacceptable threat given what the 911 attack showed were the lengths some would go to attack us? Yes.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:08 am | Reply
      • Stone Tools

        Did Uganda attack us? Did Somalia attack us? Did Serbia attack us? Your argument holds no water.

        February 27, 2012 at 9:16 am |
  82. S

    @GEdwards: You have some flaky logic there. It's pretty clear trickle-down economics is just that- all the gains stay at the top and barely trickle down to the rest of the economy. Go look at the CBO numbers again: the top 1% had increases of over four times the lower ranks. The point is that the top earners in this country and corporations used to pay significantly more, and enough to help keep our schools and infrastructure in good shape. The tax cuts to the top earners and corporations have done nothing to spur growth or to improve our economic position. We need to get back to where gains at the top are helping to fund at least education and infrastructure to keep the entire economic base strong. Otherwise there really is no reason to build a company here or hire anyone compared to anywhere else. The economy is made up of everyone, not just the top 1%, and it needs to be strong and competitive throughout. That's hard to reach when schools can't even pay teachers a decent salary or provide paper and pencils anymore.

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

      Typical liberal mondset:

      Jane is a senior manager, Joe is a janitor. They both get raises, but Jane's is more than Joe's.

      Conservative: "That's wonderful, EVERYONE is better off."
      Liberal: "That's horrible! Jane owes Joe some of her raise. It's just not fair otherwise!"

      February 27, 2012 at 8:38 am | Reply
      • jellybean

        I swear you conservatives sound like little brats. "Me me me, mine mine mine." Bunch of greedy, mindless infants. Jeeze.

        February 27, 2012 at 8:43 am |
      • S

        No, again you're missing the point. It's not about penalizing the top earners. It's about keeping the country in good shape to compete globally. It's clear the present situation has not been helping the US, but rather hurting it. To be strong in the long run we need a competitive workforce and infrastructure, and we're not able to do that if we don't have the funds. You can argue the funds are there and misallocated, but it doesn't help to argue for some trickle down theory that has not worked.

        February 27, 2012 at 8:44 am |
      • CN Red

        "keeping the country in good shape to compete globally." I agree but unfortunately, nothing is going to stop the US from it's slide into mediocrity. Our students don't even rank in the top 10 in math and science skills, 15trillion in debt, and baby boomers paralyzing the retirement safety nets and not a single presidential candiate is talking about any of this. Not even Obama. They are all self serving, narcissitic, money grubbing millionaires.

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

        S, if that's your concern, go google the CNN Money article. 50% of the world's wealthiest are Americans. Even the lowest 5% in the US are better off financially than 2/3s of the rest of the world.

        Seems like the US economic model is doing quite well.

        (BTW, I love those who say "Give me what you have" accuse those who say "I want to spend my money as I see fit" as being selfish.)

        February 27, 2012 at 9:03 am |
  83. Tim

    It is amazing some of the posts on here. I guess my mother was wrong whe she told me if you do something to offend someone then you apologize. The problem on here is why Americans have a hard time traveling around the word- arrogance. Yes the books did have messages in them, but you figure out a way to dispose of it without the locals knowing about it. How about you dispose of the material the same way you would classified information?You could have put the stuff on a pallet, sent it back to the states and know one would have known the difference. But to do it in a burn pit with locals looking on they immediately knew something was up. As far some of you, the Afghan war is the one we should have been focused on from the beginning. If we would have put our focus there instead of running off after the boogeyman in Iraq, then we would be leaving the country by now. History has shown this place is a bottomless pit when it comes to military action. I would have cut it to 2013 but the President is going off the advice of his military leadership.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:32 am | Reply
  84. garc

    I will never understand this: Why is it a sign of weakness to acknowledge that other countries than the US and other religions than Christianity exist in this world and that we have to treat them with respect if we expect to be treated the same? How many times does Obama have to prove that he was FAR more effective than, say, Dubya, at taking out people who were an ACTUAL threat while avoiding starting wars over imaginary threats? And you guys wonder why other countries might see America as a bully? How would you santorum types like it if Afghans were burning Bibles?

    February 27, 2012 at 8:31 am | Reply
    • GEdwards

      Pres Obama apologized to the AFGHANS! If burning the Koran is an insult to Islam and he felt the need to apologize, he should have apologized to ALL Muslims!

      He apologized to the wrong audience! Absolutely clueless when it comes to foreign policy.

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

        Maybe your the one who is clueless...than again you're not the president so I expect you to be...

        February 27, 2012 at 8:38 am |
      • West24

        The United States of American signed to honour the Geneva Convention in 1949. The burning of the Koran or any other religious document is againt the fourth article of the Geneva Convention that states that prisoners of war, war criminals, and civilians taken capture have the right to practice their religious view. The United States and all countries that honour these conventions must provide time for worship and their religious books. If it were an American soldier that burned the Koran they would be facing harsh punishment by the USMJ. It is horrific that people can view that burning any religious book is okay and to criticize an apology were it is warranted. That hateful act of burning the Koran and the criticism of the President's apology by Republicans playing a political game is killing innocent people. How selfish and ignorant. We are at WAR and we all have a duty, not just soldiers on the field. By spreading such views against the Geneva Convention is killing people right now.

        February 27, 2012 at 9:39 am |
  85. Wolf Daddy Deluxe 5000

    i have no idea how Bil Clinton can sleep at night. He had the chance to capture Bin Laden way before 9/11 happened.

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

      I have no idea how Bush Sr. can sleep at night either. And for that matter Bush Jr. who had a memo saying 9/11 style attack was going to happen and didn't do anything. But what does this have to do with the GOP grandstanding and making the US problems worse in Afghanistan?

      February 27, 2012 at 9:12 am | Reply
      • humberto

        It seems you didn't do so good getting close and you know there is no trust. By your response I assume your still alive, so now its your turn. want any ideas ?

        February 27, 2012 at 9:32 am |
  86. Bman

    Is she undead? Everytime I see her these days It's like a zombie apocolypse.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:30 am | Reply
  87. katchaser

    Republicans will send your sons and daughters to die for corporations and all you'll get out of the deal is a flag, maybe! They constantly start wars throughtout the world and then send your children to fight them while they chill in their yachts and mansions. If you refuse to fight their wars, then you're labeled a non-patriot. They seriously believe this is their country and you're only here to serve them and their purposes.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:25 am | Reply
    • GEdwards

      Q: Who started the latest war? A: Pres Obama
      Q: Who ALWAYS asked COngress before entering into hostilities, as required by the COnstitution? A: Pres Bush
      Q: Who unilaterally entered the US into hostilities and refused to seek Congressional approval? A: Pres Obama

      February 27, 2012 at 8:28 am | Reply
      • S

        Are you referring to Libya? Wow. Not even close to what GW got us into. There was a clear threat to civilians, we didn't put troops on the ground, and many other countries participated and bore much of the cost. Seems like a pretty well managed situation compared to the debacles created by the by the previous administration.

        February 27, 2012 at 8:38 am |
      • humberto

        Gingrich is guilty of the Stolen Valor Act for his use of dead soldiers for his politics concerning Obama's apology.
        you don't care, right ?

        February 27, 2012 at 8:39 am |
      • GEdwards

        So S, you agree Pres Obama ignored the Constitution? And you're OK with that????

        What was different between Libya and, say, Bahrain, Syria, Tunisia,......?

        February 27, 2012 at 8:41 am |
      • Davis

        Are you high?

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

        GEdwards: The President of the United States isn't required by the Constitution to seek the approval of Congress before using military force. What you are thinking of is the War Powers Resolution of 1973. Constitutionally, the President only needs to consult with Congress for a declaration of war, and the War Powers Resolution is on shaky ground if a President ever challenged it before the Supreme Court.

        February 27, 2012 at 9:28 am |
  88. humberto

    Newt Gingrich has no problem politically stealing, the Valor  of servicemen who died defending this Nation,  over a apology by the President too.
    But you don't care, right ?

    February 27, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Reply
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