February 26, 2012
Newt Gingrich thinks his floundering presidential campaign may gain support if he criticizes Obama’s lame “apology” for the burning of Korans at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan.
“I wish to express my deep regret for the reported incident,” Obama wrote this week to Afghanistan’s installed president and former UNOCAL consultant Hamid Karzai. “I extend to you and the Afghan people my sincere apologies.”
“There seems to be nothing that radical Islamists can do to get Barack Obama’s attention in a negative way and he is consistently apologizing to people who do not deserve the apology of the president of the United States period,” Gingrich told supporters during a campaign stop.
“This destructive double standard whereby the United States and its democratic allies refuse to hold accountable leaders who tolerate systematic violence and oppression in their borders must come to an end,” Gingrich added.
“It is an outrage that on the day an Afghan soldier murders two American troops, Pres. Obama is the one apologizing,” he subsequently declared in a Twitter message.
Obama’s “apology” was little more than political theater designed to mollify the installed government in Afghanistan.
If Obama was sincerely interested in issuing a real apology he would start with the torture deaths of Afghan prisoners at the Bagram Theater Internment Facility, also known as the Bagram Collection Point. In 2002, U.S. soldiers chained two Afghans to the ceiling at the facility and beat them to death. Seven soldiers who took part in the torture and homicide were never charged.
“In interviews and statements to investigators, soldiers who served at Bagram have at times echoed the defenses offered unsuccessfully by the soldiers charged with abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, saying they were acting on instructions from military intelligence personnel or on the authority of superior officers,” the New York Times reported on August 8, 2005.
In early 2011, Der Spiegel published photographs of U.S. soldiers posing with dead Afghan civilians. Five soldiers based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state have been charged with murder and conspiracy in the case.
“In addition to the five soldiers charged in the deaths, seven soldiers in the platoon were charged with lesser crimes, including assaulting the witness in the drug investigation, drug use, firing on unarmed farmers and stabbing a corpse,” the AP reported on March 20, 2011.
In January of this year, video footage emerged of American soldiers urinating on dead Afghan bodies. “The men can be heard joking ‘Have a great day, buddy’, ‘Golden like a shower’ and ‘Yeahhhh!’ as they groan with relief whilst urinating,” Mail Online reported. “The video adds to a list of embarrassments that includes the abuses pictured from Abu Ghraib.”
The Pentagon has killed countless civilians in Afghanistan. It rarely if ever issues an apology, even one as lame and politically expedient as Obama’s Koran burning apology.
He did, however, express “deep regret” in a phone call to Karzai last year after the U.S. military slaughtered nine children in an airstrike in Afghanistan’s northeastern Kunar province. Obama was apparently compelled to do so after a video of the murders emerged.
Hundreds of protesters carrying photos of the dead children gathered in the provincial capital of Assad-Abad on March 2. Less than a month earlier, on February 17, NATO helicopter strikes in the Ghaziabad district of Kunar province killed 65 civilians, including 40 children under the age of 13. Twenty-two women were also among the dead, and dozens more were injured.
General David Petraeus, the ISAF commander in Afghanistan at the time, said that area residents had invented stories and injured their own children in order to support the claims.
Following U.S. soldiers raking a civilian bus with gunfire near Kandahar in April of 2010, killing and wounding civilians, Robert Dreyfuss wrote: “The Kandahar incident is only one of many, of course. Over the past year, dozens of Afghans have similarly died in checkpoint and roadside killings. Not one, not a single one, of these murders involved hostile forces. In other words, when the smoke and dust cleared, in all of the cases over the past year the bodies recovered were those of innocents.”
In 2010, a massive Wikileaks release documented war crimes committed by the U.S. and NATO in Afghanistan. In addition to countless reports of civilian murders, the documents revealed the existence of a covert unit to “kill or capture” Taliban leaders, a clear violation of international law and the Geneva Convention.
On July 26, 2010, the Obama White House condemned the release of 92,000 military documents but said nothing about the war crimes perpetrated by the Pentagon and NATO.
Newt Gingrich supports the unending slaughter in Afghanistan and is calling for more mass murder in Iran. His condemnation of Obama is a political game designed for public consumption as the 2012 election season picks up steam.
In fact, both Obama and Gingrich are on the same page. Both are hand-picked representatives of a system that utilizes nearly unimaginable Nazi-level war crimes and endless crimes against humanity in a quest for domination of the planet by a small cabal of international bankster psychopaths.
Both should be in the docket facing justice instead of parading down the campaign trail.
This article was posted: Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm