The Obama Administration–from CENTCOM to the White House–has botched the entire response to the report that Korans taken from prisoners suspected of terrorism were burned. I don’t care whether this was intentional or a mistake. The Administration should have kept its damn collective-mouth shut. There was no compelling reason to admit to this. Should they have lied? HELL YES!! I do not believe we should deliberately antagonize or attack another religion, including Islam. But in this case the Korans that were torched had been confiscated from inmates who had written on the pages of a book Muslims consider holy. Muslims had already desecrated their so-called “holy” book.

The initial reports about this incident should have been ignored and denied. This is not a goddamn court case. No one is under oath. The U.S. military and the Obama Administration should have lied. They should have insisted that the Koran aka Quran was not burned. But no. We decided to admit to this error and launch an apology tour. WHAT HORSESHIT!!

The Taliban urged Afghans Thursday to target foreign military bases and kill Westerners in retaliation for burnings of copies of the Quran at NATO’s main base in the country as a third day of violent protests began.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered across the country, some chanting “Death to America!”, Reuters witnesses and officials said. In eastern Kabul, hundreds of youths threw rocks at police, who fired shots into the air to try disperse the crowds.

“Our brave people must target the military bases of invader forces, their military convoys and their invader bases,” read an emailed Taliban statement released by the insurgency’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. “They have to kill them (Westerners), beat them and capture them to give them a lesson to never dare desecrate the holy Quran again.”

We do not owe anyone an apology. Not for this. There is a time to lie. There is a time to deny. Admitting to this earns us nothing. In fact, it costs us dearly. Besides the two U.S. soldiers murdered by a crazed Afghan asshole, U.S. citizens and facilities are at greater risk throughout the Middle East.

What should we have done? Apart from denying the burning of the books, we should have announced that, after inspecting the books, the inmate Korans’ were being returned.

This one is on Obama. Instead of keeping his mouth shut he was back out in public flapping his gums and bowing and scraping like some beaten house servant. “We so sorry Massa Muslim.”

Barack Obama owes an apology to the people of America for being such a spineless wimp.

I’m not a big fan of Newt Gingrich, but he nailed it on this:

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said President Obama “surrendered” Thursday when he apologized to the Afghan government for the burning of several Qurans at an American military base near Kabul.

Referring to the burning of “radical Islamic material” that included the Qurans, the former House speaker said the situation had been “blown into a huge incident by various fanatics in Afghanistan.” He told a crowd gathered at a campaign rally at the Bing Crosby Theater that while the president had apologized for the burning, he had not called on the Afghan government to issue an apology for the deaths of two NATO soldiers who were killed by a man wearing an Afghan army uniform during increasingly violent protests of the desecration of the Muslim holy book.

“There seems to be nothing that radical Islamists can do to get Barack Obama’s attention in a negative way,” Gingrich said, “and he is consistently apologizing to people who do not deserve the apology of the president of the United States, period.”

And a word of advice to General John Allen–SHUT THE FUCK UP. Stop apologizing in public for something that does not merit an apology.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.