Krauthammer’s Take

From Monday night’s Fox News All-Stars.

On Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s apology for civilian deaths in Afghanistan:

When the Afghan leader Hamid Karzai rejects the apology offer of David Petraeus, what is he doing except bolstering himself in the eyes of his people against the Americans?

Does he really imagine that Americans are killing the children for sport, sort of like Apocalypse Now — “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” Or that we are wanton or careless? We have rules of engagement that endanger American lives in a way a lot of other countries would never tolerate — and to save the lives of civilians. …

And lastly, we have a long history of friendly fire in which our own troops are attacked. Obviously these are accidents of war. Nine out of ten civilian deaths in Afghanistan are the result of enemy attacks, deliberate attacks. And Karzai makes a point of demanding an apology from the secretary of defense? In his [Karzai’s] presence?

On the reaction of the White House to Peter King’s hearings exploring radicalization among American Muslims:

The Obama administration is implying that it’s Peter King who’s stigmatizing and demonizing an entire community. I’ll tell you who stigmatizes and demonizes the Muslim community: the Fort Hood shooter who jumps on a table and shouts “Allahu Akbar” as he shoots 13 American servicemen. That’s a way to stigmatize and demonize a community.

The Pakistani immigrant who becomes a naturalized American and then plants a bomb in Times Square and proudly tells a judge he wanted to kill as many Americans as possible. Or Anwar al-Awlaki, the preacher in Yemen, who was a native [born] American, preached in a Falls Church mosque to a couple of the 9/11 attackers, now in Yemen inciting people around the world to attack Americans.

Look, it is not stereotyping to say that the overwhelming majority of terror attacks in the world, particularly on Americans, is because of Islamism. It’s not the IRA, it’s not the Tamil Tigers, it’s not the Basque terrorists. There’s a thread connecting them – it’s political Islam. That is a fact, it’s not a stereotype.

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