Newt Gingrich said Thursday that President Obama “surrendered” when he apologized to Afghanistan over the burning of copies of the Quran near an American military base in Kabul.
The incident has resulted in violent protests throughout the country, resulting in multiple deaths — including that of two American soldiers.
Gingrich said that the incident has been “blown into a huge incident by various fanatics in Afghanistan” and argued the president did not “defend the integrity and the lives of the people who serve under him.”
“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 said.
The former Speaker went on to say that Afghan President Hamid Karzai should be apologizing to Obama over the incident, not the other way around.
“If Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, doesn’t feel like apologizing, then we should say, ‘Goodbye and good luck, we don’t need to be here risking our lives and wasting our money on somebody who doesn’t care,’ ” Gingrich said.