Even a broken radioactive timebomb is right twice a day.
“And, candidly, if Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, doesn’t feel like apologizing then we should say good bye and good luck, we don’t need to be here risking our lives and wasting our money on somebody who doesn’t care.”
Now, this was preceded by the declaration that one must not apologize for burning Korans. And Newt’s point is not that the military should be cut or the bombs stop falling on foreign nations.
But he does have a point, and it is the right one: Nothing is being accomplished on the terms of the warmakers themselves by staying in Afghanistan another minute. Nothing ever was. Nothing ever will be. Karzai cannot support night raids, bombs, helicopters shooting children, Nazi flags, urination on corpses, or burning Korans. He cannot and he will not and he should not.
If you’re going to get out, and you’re just wasting more blood and treasure first, then get the hell out. Even if Newt Gingrich agrees with you.