General John Allen, former commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, spoke at the Democratic National Convention, saying that the U.S. would defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) with Hillary Clinton as Commander-in-Chief.
Here is Allen several years ago, issuing an embarrassing and groveling apology to “the noble people of Afghanistan” for an alleged desecration of the Qur’an by U.S. troops:
General Allen clearly had no idea how weak and pusillanimous his repeated apologies in this video made him appear to many, if not most, of “the noble people of Afghanistan.” He should have known enough about Islamic culture to know that it respects strength and sees apologizing and attempts at conciliation as weakness, only to be despised.
Note also the General’s eager endorsement of Sharia provisions regarding treatment of the Qur’an, and unquestioning acceptance of the fundamental proposition that the burning of these Qur’ans was something heinous and to be apologized for in the first place. He makes no attempt whatsoever, even in the gentlest way, to suggest that rioting and calling for killing people because of the burning of these books is irrational, unjustifiable behavior. He makes no attempt to explain or defend the concept of freedom of expression or its importance.
And even though his assumption of a duty to enforce Sharia in this case was a matter of tactics, not belief, it was unwise: it could not and did not win the hearts and minds of Afghans, and it set yet another bad precedent for the responsibility of Infidel authorities vis-a-vis Sharia.
I am not saying that he should have been confrontational or defiant. As long as the pointless and self-defeating U.S. adventure in Afghanistan continues, he should have done what he needs to do to protect American lives. But this abject statement, while it may (or may not) have defused tensions in the short run, in the long run it could only have made matters worse.
What if 2,000 Americans had rioted and protested against General Allen’s imbecility? Would they have received a groveling apology, too? An apology for the waste of the “nation-building” exercise in Afghanistan, and for the U.S. Government’s bowing to Sharia? Are violent and irrational voices the only ones that U.S. authorities heed?
And if Hillary Clinton does indeed become President, will this wrongheaded approach continue? Most certainly. Is it likely to beat ISIS? Almost certainly not.
“Gen. John Allen at DNC: ‘Our Armed Forces Will Not Become An Instrument of Torture,’” by Ian Schwartz, Real Clear Politics, July 28, 2016:
“I also know that with her as our commander in chief, our international relations will not be reduced to a business transaction,” Ret. Gen. Allen said at Thursday’s DNC prior to Hillary Clinton formally accepting the Democratic party’s nomination for president. “I also know that our armed forces will not become an instrument of torture, and they will not be engaged in murder, or carry out other illegal activities.”
“With her as our Commander in Chief, America will continue to lead this volatile world… we will defeat evil,” he said. “Our armed forces will be stronger… They will have the support of the American people.
“Enemies will fear us and we will defeat ISIS,” the general said.
Enemies will fear us? Why? We will defeat ISIS? How?
“We know that she, as no other, knows how to use all instruments of American power… to keep us all safe and free,” Allen said.
How do we know that?
And it gets worse: “General John Allen, Brookings and Qatar,” by Daniel Greenfield, Front Page, July 29, 2016:
You might have heard General John Allen’s enthusiastic endorsement of Hillary Clinton at the DNC. Here’s a little bit of relevant background.
Allen is currently with Brookings. Allen showed up to address the Brookings shindig in Doha, Qatar. This is no coincidence because Qatar is Brookings’ sugar daddy.
Qatar, the small but wealthy Middle East nation, agreed last year to make a $14.8 million, four-year donation to Brookings, which has helped fund a Brookings affiliate in Qatar and a project on United States relations with the Islamic world.
Qatar is also notable for worsening the Arab Spring by funneling money and a lot more to Jihadist groups and aggressively advancing the agenda of Islamists.
Alongside Hillary Clinton ….