On Feb. 27, after a suicide bomber attacked the International Security Assistance Force base at Jalalabad -- killing nine and wounding more than a dozen Afghan security guards and civilians -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went even further, castigating Republicans for their criticism during an interview carried on CNN International. In an apparent effort to deflect blame for the escalating violence, Clinton said, "I find it somewhat troubling that our politics would enflame such a dangerous situation in Afghanistan." And just to make sure everyone rioting in Kabul got the message, she asserted that our president is "on record saying (that) this was not intentional (and that) we deeply regret it, and now we are hoping that voices inside Afghanistan will join that of President Karzai and others in speaking out and trying to calm the situation. It is deeply regrettable, but now it is out of hand, and it needs to stop." It didn't. Instead, it got worse.
Despite the escalating violence, Obama insists his apology has "calmed things down" -- a claim he made in an interview aired on ABC News on Feb. 29. The following day, two more American soldiers were killed by their Afghan national security force counterparts in Kandahar.
The O-Team's appallingly apologetic approach to American diplomacy has undoubtedly exacerbated an already bad situation. And now the United Nations has joined the chorus of criticism against the U.S.-led military coalition. On March 1, after the murders in Kandahar, Jan Kubis, the U.N.'s special representative in Afghanistan, told reporters: "We were very hurt that the international military allowed the desecration of the Quran. We rejected and condemned this act. It doesn't matter that it was a mistake."
And just to make sure we all know the Obama mea culpa isn't all that's needed, Kubis said, "After the first step of a profound apology, there must be a second step, of disciplinary action. Only after this, after disciplinary action, can the international forces say, 'Yes, we're sincere in our apology.'"
This egregious affront from the U.N. has been invited by Obama's incessant apologies for who we are and the hope we offer others. America's head of state ought to be a leader who is unashamed of what we have done for the rest of the world. Let's be thankful that we have a chance to hire a new one in November.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.
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