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article imageSantorum says Obama's apology for Koran burning 'shows weakness'

By JohnThomas Didymus     Feb 26, 2012 in Politics
Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, during a Sunday appearance on ABC's "This Week," criticized President Barack Obama's apology for the U.S. military's burning of the Koran in Afghanistan.
According to AP, Rick Santorum said that instead of U.S. apologizing, Afghanistan should apologize for the deaths of four U.S. soldiers.
ABC News reports Santorum said: “There was nothing deliberately done wrong here. This was something that happened as a mistake. Killing Americans in uniform is not a mistake." Santorum added: “Say it’s unfortunate...but to apologize for something that was not an intentional act is something that the president of the United States in my opinion should not have done.” According to Santorum, Obama's apology "showed weakness."
According to AP, Santorum speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," said: "The response needs to be apologized for by (President Hamid) Karzai and the Afghan people for attacking and killing our men and women in uniform and overreacting to this inadvertent mistake. That is the real crime here, not what our soldiers did."
Santorum argued that Obama's apology suggested that the U.S. had done something wrong as a "deliberate act," and this, in Santorum's opinion, was not the case, given that the burning of the Koran was an "inadvertent mistake." Santorum said Obama should not have said sorry, he should simply have acknowledged the incident and said it was wrong. Santorum said: "...but to apologize, I think, lends credibility that somehow or another that it was more than [a mistake]."
Santorum's criticism follows stinging attacks on Obama by fellow Republican candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Digital Journal reported Gingrich accused Obama of "consistently apologizing to a people who do not deserve the apology of the president of the U.S." Gingrich said: “There is something profoundly wrong when the commander in chief refuses to defend the integrity and the lives of the people who serve under him and instead abjectly crawls to apologize to the country whose religious fanatics [attack U.S. troops].”
Huffington Post reports that last week Santorum had questioned Obama's religious faith. Digital Journal reports Santorum had accused Obama that his policies were not based on biblical principles. Santorum, speaking to supporters of the Tea Party movement at a Columbus Hotel, said Obama's agenda is "not about you. It's not about your quality of life. It's not about your jobs. It's about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology."
According to Huffington Post, Santorum was heavily criticized last week for his comments on Obama's "phony theology." According to Huffington Post, many observers said Santorum's comment only played to conspiracy theories among Republicans that Obama is not Christian but a Muslim and Marxist.
Digital Journal reports there have been six days of violent protests in Afghanistan following news of burning of the Koran at the U.S. Bagram air base. Two U.S. military officers were killed in the Afghan Interior Ministry by an Afghan security officer. On Sunday, angry protesters hurled a grenade into the U.S. base in northern Afghanistan and wounded seven U.S. soldiers.
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