Top U.S. Commander In Afghanistan Gen. John Allen: ‘Why Wouldn’t We’ Apologize For Quran Desecration?

The Republican candidates for president have attacked President Obama for apologizing to Afghanistan after U.S. troops desecrated Qurans at Bagram Air Base. Rick Santorum said “it shows weakness,” Mitt Romney said it’s “very difficult for the American people to countenance,” and Newt Gingrich called it “surrender.”

ABC’s Martha Raddatz asked Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, about the GOP criticism:

RADDATZ: Gen. John Allen is a passionate officer, who bristles at the criticism aimed at him and President Obama for apologizing for the burning of the Qurans

ALLEN: Why wouldn’t we? Why wouldn’t we? This is the central word of God for them. Why wouldn’t we? We didn’t do it on purpose. But we should apologize. And now we get on with the relationship.

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For a Republican field that is constantly charging that Obama is not listening to the generals, perhaps Romney, Gingrich and Santorum will take their own advice.