While campaigning in Nashville, Tennessee on Monday, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said that it is impossible for the United States to “fix” Afghanistan. The surprising statement might suggest the former Speaker of the House supports withdrawal of the troops from the middle- eastern nation after over a decade-long presence.
“We’re not going to fix Afghanistan. It’s not possible. These are people who have spent several thousand years hating foreigners,” Gingrich said. “And what we’ve done by staying is become the new foreigners. And this is a real problem.”
The Speaker commented on the role of United States in Afghanistan when talking about the recent situation in Kabul where four American soldiers were gunned down in a violent riot against a military base there.
This recent violence is a result of burning of four Qurans at the American base. The military generals as well as President Barack Obama apologized to the Afghan people for the incident and promised more careful and respectful procedures.
The holy books were burned because the Islamic prisoners residing at the base were passing notes to each other jotted down in the Qurans.
At an event on Sunday in Georgia, the Speaker criticized President Obama for the apology. Gingrich brought up the violence that many Christians are facing around the world, such as in Iraq and Egypt. “I haven’t heard any apologies,” he said.
“It’s amazing: Saudi Arabia allows no open worship by Christians or Jews, period, and then lectures us. And we don’t today in our elites have the nerve to stand up and say this is baloney,” said Gingrich at the First Redeemer Church in Cumming, GA. “We are not going to have a one-sided offensive against our civilization in which we’re supposed to accept defeat, we’re supposed to accept humiliation, and we’re supposed to accept the death of our young men and women, and we have to accept those who are killing us? I don’t think so.”
Today in Tennessee Gingrich emphasized that it is impossible to help people who refuse to help themselves.
“This is a real problem. And there are some problems where you have to say, ‘You know, you are going to have to figure out how to live your own miserable life… because you clearly don’t want to learn from me how to be un-miserable.’ And that is what you are going to see happen,” Gingrich concluded.
The Speaker, who represented Georgia for 20 years in US Congress, will be back to his home state tomorrow for several campaign stops. Gingrich needs to win the Georgia primary on March 6th in order to stay relevant in the GOP race.