Paul asks Clinton about U.S. apology for Koran burning

Carlos Osorio/AP

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, used Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's appearance before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to ask her about the U.S. apology over the military's alleged accidental burnings of Korans.

The Koran-burning incident has led to widespread protests and the killing of several Americans -- as well as loud criticism from Paul's GOP nomination rivals over the U.S. apology for it. Rick Santorum said President Obama's apology to the Afghan government showed weakness and Newt Gingrich said he "surrendered."

Paul noted that those who have been criticizing this particular apology should recall that previous presidents have apologized for similar incidents, and indirectly referenced President George W. Bush's 2009 apology to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for an American sniper's use of a copy of the religious text for target practice.

Bringing up the scandal provoked by a viral video depicting American Marines urinating on Taliban corpses, Paul voiced his overall opposition to the war that created thousands of refugees in the country.

"Does it ever get to the point where apologizing about the Koran is rather minor, considering some of the other problems we have created in [Afghanistan]?" Paul asked.

Clinton said she appreciated Paul's measured comments about Obama and other presidents offering apologies "when we are deeply sorry for unfortunate incidents that occur, that were not intentional, and which we know have emotional resonance with people."

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by eSignLive by VASCO

    Mobile E-Signatures for Government

    Learn 5 key trends that accelerate government demand for mobile signing.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Management Concepts

    SPONSORED: Successful Change Management Practices in the Public Sector

    How governmental agencies implement organizational change management.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Kronos

    Solving the Workforce Compliance Challenge

    Download this eBook to learn how data and automation can help state and local agencies.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.