Here is what White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had to say yesterday about the threat by some lunatic pastor in Florida to mark Sept. 11 by burning the Koran.
Well, look, I think the best place to look for the views of this administration would be to look at the — look at what General Petraeus said over the weekend. We know that that type of activity — we know that that type of activity is being transmitted back to places like Afghanistan, when General Petraeus obviously is our lead commander. As he said, it puts our troops in harm’s way. And obviously that – any type of activity like that would be – that puts our troops in harm’s way would be a concern to this administration.
Yes, that’s true, and it’s important that no harm come to the troops out of this. But the statement is not nearly enough. WHY IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES PASSING THE BUCK TO PETRAEUS??
“I think the best place to look for the views of this administration would be” . . . Obama.
This is much more than a military matter. It’s first and foremost a moral matter. We don’t protest religions in this country by burning their sacred texts. It goes without saying, I hope, that this is exactly what the NAZIs did before they starting killing Jews.
I don’t usually advocate government officials inserting themselves in private ethical matters. But this case is so morally egregious – not to mention a threat to the troops, U.S. officials around the globe and our standing with all other nations – that Obama himself needs to convey that he is deeply troubled by this proposed infamy and say that it should not occur.
Hillary Clinton had the, um, cojones to do so yesterday. Are the president’s advisers afraid of putting him in any type of pro-Muslim stance after the flack he got from his non-opinion on the Ground Zero mosque? Are they afraid it will hurt him politically?
If so, it’s a disgrace.
UPDATE: The day after this was written, Obama spoke out against the Koran burning