Santorum Sanity

When Heinrich Heine famously said: wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings, I imagine that he really meant people who burn them on purpose, for reasons other than rubbish disposal. Given this week’s events, a little perspective is required.

Mitt Romney may be the Republican front runner, but as he’s so superficially bland, it’s difficult, and boring, to take him apart on detail. The Spectator has it right – “there’s just something about him I don’t like”. Shame for Mitt, but there it is.

Santorum on the other hand, is attracting so much vitriol, he must be doing something right, and he is:

This one's definitely a fake...

Rick Santorum has condemned President Barack Obama’s apology for the burning of Korans at a U.S base in Afghanistan.

The Republican presidential hopeful added that Afghanistan should apologise to the U.S. for the deaths of four U.S. soldiers during six days of violence sparked by the incident.

‘There was nothing deliberately done wrong here,’ Santorum told ABC’s This Week today.

‘This was something that happened as a mistake. Killing Americans in uniform is not a mistake. It was something that deliberate.’

Another eight U.S. servicemen were wounded in a grenade attack today in violent protests that have engulfed Afghanistan this week, killing around 30 people. At least two demonstrators were also killed.

‘The response needs to be apologized for by (President Hamid) Karzai and the Afghan people for attacking and killing our men and women in uniform and overreacting to this inadvertent mistake,’ Santorum explained on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’. ‘That is the real crime here, not what our soldiers did.’

The president’s apology suggests that there is blame and that the U.S. did something wrong ‘in the sense of doing a deliberate act,’ Santorum said.

 Santorum says that rather than saying he was sorry, Obama should have only acknowledged that burning copies of Islam’s holiest book in a trash pit was wrong and taken responsibility for the incident, ‘but to apologise, I think, lends credibility that somehow or another that it was more than that.’

Given that in foreign policy the biggest issue by far is America’s response to various unpleasant aspects of Islam, this is heartening, particularly after Obama’s cringing love-ins with bad guys who rightly see such behaviour as a sign of weakness.   It also suggests that the predictable downsizing of the US military  – and always counterproductive historically- might just be averted if Barack gets the heave in November.  In the magnificent Carnage and Culture , Victor Davis Hanson explains lucidly why, whether we like it or not, history tells us to be prepared militarily. It should be in a top 10 reading list for all democratically elected politicians.

Santorum was just stating the facts, something well beyond Obama.

One thing about Rick: he’s not all things to all men.

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