Another Disgraceful Apology Frenzy

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But if we pay attention to actions rather than heeding duplicitous words, the record shows that considerable numbers of Muslims hate us not for what we do, but for what we are: infidel denizens of a civilization that once trembled at the approach of Allah’s armies, but that now dominates the world and occupies the global preeminence rightfully belonging to what the Koran calls “the best of nations raised for the benefit of men.” Contra the State Deparment and the Times, “anti-American sentiment” is not something new created by our excesses in Muslim lands, but has long permeated the Middle East and doesn’t need some minor scandal to be stoked. On the contrary, we have rescued Muslims from brutal dictators, provided aid to Muslim victims of natural disasters, poured billions of dollars into Muslim countries, and none of those good deeds has improved our image among the faithful. Indeed, despite Obama’s continuous flattering “outreach” and protestations of respect for Islam, Muslims still don’t like him or the United States much.

The second story illustrates another delusion that has compromised our security and interests: the idea that enemies sworn to our destruction can be talked out of their violent intentions and actions by diplomatic negotiation. Though this tack has failed spectacularly to change Iran’s behavior, we now are pursuing the same failed policy with the Taliban. Worse yet, we have been down this road before with the Taliban: In 1995, after the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, Clinton’s Secretary of State Warren Christopher relayed a message to Afghanistan’s new rulers that the U.S. wished “to engage the new ‘interim government’ at an early stage.” In the years following, State Department suitors tried unsuccessfully to cajole the Taliban into kicking bin Laden out of the country and closing the al Qaeda training camps. But as Michael Rubin writes of this five-year stint of  “engagement,” “The Taliban had, like many rogue regimes, acted in bad faith. They engaged not to compromise, but to buy time. They made many promises but did not keep a single one.”

Despite having been gulled once before by the Taliban, Hillary Clinton has asked Qatar to open a representative office there for these Islamist fanatics, and she has pledged to release Taliban detainees, including murderers of Americans, from Guantanamo, in order to lure the Taliban into entering talks. The purpose of these “talks,” of course, is to achieve some “peace agreement” with these fanatics in advance of the American withdrawal. But the historical record shows over and over the futility of negotiating with religious radicals whose worldview allows only for our destruction or submission. As PLO chief Yasser Arafat brilliantly demonstrated for decades, the jihadists can achieve some benefit, or buy more time for strengthening their position, by engaging in negotiations that provide pusillanimous Western governments with verbal and procedural camouflage for their failure of nerve or their pursuit of political self-interests. So too Iran, which has followed the North Korea playbook and used the diplomatic process to buy time for achieving nuclear capability. Anticipating the American withdrawal, the Taliban are obviously doing the same thing, at least in the estimation of someone who should know, former Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah: “Releasing Taliban detainees from Guantanamo,” the Wall Street Journal reported, “and giving the insurgents international recognition in Qatar are concessions that may allow the insurgency to reinvigorate itself, he said in an interview. ‘I don’t want anything happening under the name of making peace that strengthens the war machine of the Taliban,’ Mr. Abdullah said.”

It is a measure of the Taliban contempt for us that it makes no bones about entering these negotiations solely to get their prisoners released, not to come to some agreement with Karzai’s “stooge Kabul administration,” or to recognize the Afghan Constitution, which they deem insufficiently shari’a compliant, or to “surrender from Jihad,” as they said in a statement about the talks. And just so their meaning was clear, the Taliban killed coalition ally Hajji Fazluddin Agha, the governor of the Panjway district in Kandahar province. But even if the Taliban did cut a deal, there is nothing in their track record to show that they would hold to it. Again Arafat provides the best model of the tactical use of phony “agreements,” each one of which was followed by more Palestinian terrorist murders in pursuit of his long-term goal of destroying Israel.

But here we go again, participating in a diplomatic charade that will, like our apologies and protestations of respect, achieve nothing other than confirming the enemy in his oft-stated belief that we are weak and full of fear. And that’s another reason why they hate us––not because of our deeds, but because we demonstrate over and over that we lack the courage of our convictions, and so deserve to be attacked by the faithful until, as the Koran says, we “pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority” and are “in a state of subjection.”

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  • Alvaro

    The administration is just after an easy way out. They want to say they didn't lose the war. That it was a negotiated peace. So they obviously are against US soldiers urinating on the enemy, while they themselves don't mind urinating on their own troops who gave their lives. Disgraceful.

    The only apology that should be made in this matter was that they didn't bury the civilian clothed Taliban bastards in pig skins.

  • al Kidya

    We should be pissing on live Taliban…not dead ones.

    • Rocky Mountain


  • oldtimer

    how soon we forget. what about the men whose bodies were dragged through the streets, hung by there feet and all televised.
    and this country should bow or apoligize to no one. remember also, clinton and obama never served in the military.
    more were killed in the towers than at Pearl Harbour. never condone evil.

  • davarino

    So your saying I have to piss on them BEFORE I kill them. Got it.

    The tide will turn. I never saw any of these stupid idiots taking history classes in college so they dont know that America only takes so much. Then when the line is crossed all hell will rain down on our enemies. One of these numbnuts will do that one thing that will trigger the response that will end it, once and for all.

  • al222

    there are two types of Americans: those who add up the plusses and minuses of our history and conclude that, warts and all, this is the best nation on earth. then there are those who make the same calculations and conclude that America must be "fundamentally transformed." unfortunately, the electorate opted to put the latter group in charge of running the nation. hopefully the same, perhaps wiser, electorate will kick them to the curb in 2012.

  • hammar

    How do you expect people with no faith such as obama and clinton to react but to bow down to the false religion of islam. These marines where doing the job they were sent to do. Kill

  • The Infidel

    Has noone noticed also that obumbler has ordered our troops to show respect towards islam and the afghan culture? This is precisely what those brave soldiers did, although they showed respect in a very mild way, they didn't hack the bodies to pieces, didn't castrate them, did not drag them behind their humvee or hang them burning from the nearest lamp post.

    So what is the dingbats in the whitehouse complaining about, they ordered it after all.

  • sedoanman

    Where are the liberal demands that obama take responsibility for this just like they demanded Bush for Abu Graib?

  • mrbean

    Oooooh dear… the bad old marines made a wee wee on the talibans, Howww awful. How will we ever face the world, ooooh dear…

  • Steve Chavez

    Seriously, what experience did Hillary Clinton have in any government position to be the Secretary of State? Being First Lady on your resume might get you a job at McDonald's but only if you speak Spanish which I don't think she can so what else could that make her qualified for? President or Vice-President which is about to happen when Obama replaces Biden, who will "resign to be with my family" with Hillary. Now those who voted for the First Black President will now get to vote for the First Female Vice-President which will be a stepping stone for President. Both votes are racist since they voted only due to the color of his, which made MLK's Dream a Nightmare, and then voting based on gender.

    Hillary may be a bright woman but you still some experience in the field. When she's giving policy speeches, sometimes not in sink with her boss, I cringe thinking how gullible she probably is in tough negotiations which need to forcefully lay down the U.S. position which in many times, are long-standing.

    Panetta too is inexperienced in the field of Defense and the CIA.

    The whole Obama administration is a JOKE and the whole world knows it!

    • mrbean

      Hillary Rodham Clinton has never done anything significant in her entire life and her inflated opinion of herself is downright laughable. If she had not chased and married Bill Clinton and hung on his coat tails she would never have been a "carpetbagger" New York Senator from Arkansas, and for damn sure she would never have been an also ran failed contender for the Democrat Party 2008 Presidential candidate nomination. Hillary Rodham Clinton has never gotten one single job on her own anywhere in her life. And when she got them she botched every single one of them. But now this inept failure is the Secretary of State and again failing miserably in every way.

  • magic

    By electing Obama, the American people offered up the biggest apology to the muslim world. Now what Clinton does, or Condoleezza said pales into insignificance.

    What's more, people have realised that the first apology was perhaps not sufficient for the muslim world and if the polls are anything to go by, the Americans are going to apologise again!

  • bill

    I have to go along with what Rep. West of Fla. said: If you have never been shot at by
    the taliban just shut up!!!

  • mrbean

    Sorry about that. But when you gotta go you gotta go! heh heh heh

  • LindaRivera

    My deep concern is the horrific atrocities that are done to LIVING NON-MUSLIMS every day.

    In Pakistan and Bangladesh, Hindus, Christians and Sikhs live in daily fear of Muslims.

    I am outraged that government leaders and media are SILENT about the terrible things and barbaric murders that are perpetrated by Muslims on LIVING NON-MUSLIMS every single day.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    How about telling them that if they stop desecrating the corpse of dead Americans, we'll stop pissing on the corpse of dead Taliban.

    • Flipside

      You didn't piss on any Taliban, Jim. I mean you blog, so you piss in the wind, but that's about it.

  • pagegl

    So much for ever having another general like Black Jack Pershing. If any of our generals were to do what he did the heads of the idiot left would explode due to apoplexy.

  • BLJ

    I still think it was a waste of perfectly good American urine. They should have used some pig feces instead.

    I could care less what Karzai thinks. He is a corrupt lowlife who stabs us in the back every chance he gets. Let Afhganistan rot.

    Hillary Clinton is the worst Sec of State in American history. Seems to take after her clueless boss.


    Where are all of the Paulans here to cheer this witch on??

  • Ghostwriter

    Could someone forward this to Michael Scheuer? It might teach him a few things.

  • mrbean

    missy hillally, you want big stud boyflend? Meh soo Hawnny! Meh so hawny! Meh ruv you rong time! Meh numba wun frocky – socky! You neber go back tah Bill!

    • Ghostwriter

      Good grief,mrbean. Join the 21st Century. Please stop with the "Amos n' Andy" routine? It's getting real old real fast.

      • Tanstaafl

        I agree.

        On the subject of Islamic appeasement, the alligator may eat you last, but it will still eat you.

  • john freethinker

    Those Marines do not need punishment; they need a lesson. Where I come from, predators do not get pissed on. Their skins get nailed to the wall.

  • EamonnDublin

    The only way by which the military (any military) can do its job properly in a war situation is to de-humanise the enemy. This is a fully acknowledged method of coping with killing other human beings. It is practised by all military organisations. So, with that in mind, how can the likes of Mrs. Clinton and her fellow apologists, whose only involvement in war is sending young men out to do battle, kill and be killed, cry "foul" when a soldier urinates on a corpse which he does not really consider to be the remains of a human? Yes, the soldiers should obviously not have done it, but Mrs. Clinton and her ilk should be concerned with far more important matters. Éamonn, Dublin, Ireland.