Gingrich: ‘You Don’t Apologize to the Enemy’

By | February 27, 2012 | 4:17pm EST

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, speaks during a visit to First Redeemer Church on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 in Cumming, Ga. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

( GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich took President Obama to task while speaking at Rock Springs Baptist Church in Milner, Ga., on Sunday saying that "when the men and women who serve under you are killed, you don't apologize to the enemy."

President Barack Obama apologized for the burning of Korans at a U.S. base in Afghanistan, which was followed by the killing of two U.S. troops and at least seven Afghans during riots in Afghanistan.

“And let me just say a couple things about being commander in chief. When the men and women who serve under you are killed, you don’t apologize to the enemy,” said Gingrich.

“And when a government that we are sustaining with soldiers who we are paying, equipping and training kills young Americans, we have a president who apologizes? This is disgraceful. This is exactly the wrong thing to do,” the former House speaker said.

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Gingrich said the problem was bigger than Obama though.

“When you have enemies who are determined to kill you, you owe it to the American people to tell the truth about the people who are opposing us. We have been systematically and methodically mislead by our leader. This is much deeper than Obama. We had the same problem with our State Department under Bush,” Gingrich said.

“There is a willful refusal to be honest about the people who want to kill us. And I think we need to have an honest discussion. When churches are burned in Nigeria, do we get an apology? No. When churches are burned in Egypt, do we get an apology?” he asked.

“When the Saudis refuse to allow a church or a synagogue in their country, do we complain about religious bigotry? When the number of Christians living in Iraq drop from 1,200,000 at the time the Americans arrive to 500,000 today because 700,000 Christians flee the country, how can we call that a victory? How can we feel good about that experience?” Gingrich added.

“When a Christian minister in Iran is sentenced to death as he was last week, where is our government? What complaint are we making? What are we doing about religious bigotry?” he asked.

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