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White House Defends Apology to Afghanistan; Criticism from Gingrich, Palin

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The White House Thursday defended President Obama’s decision to apologize for the recent incident of Koran burning at a U.S. airbase in Afghanistan, saying it was “wholly appropriate” given the “understandable sensitivities” to the issue.

“The error was inadvertent,” Obama wrote in a letter to his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai, according to Karzai’s office. “I assure you that we will take the appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence, to include holding accountable those responsible.”

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, however, said it was “an outrage” for the president to issue an apology on the same day two U.S. troops were killed by Afghan soldiers.

“It is Hamid Karzai who owes the American people an apology, not the other way around,” Gingrich said in a written statement. “This destructive double standard whereby the United States and its democratic allies refuse to hold accountable leaders who tolerate systematic violence and oppression in their borders must come to an end.”

White House press secretary Jay Carney defended the apology.

“[The president's] primary concern as commander-in-chief is the safety of American men and women in Afghanistan, of our military and civilian personnel there. And it was absolutely the right thing to do,” Carney told reporters.

The improper disposal of the sacred text of Islam have sparked anti-U.S. riots in Afghanistan.

“The actions here, while inadvertent, do not reflect the great respect that our military personnel have for the religious traditions of the Afghan people,” Carney said.

Gingrich was not the only prominent Republican to slam the president’s decision. “Obama apologizes for inadvertent Koran burning; now the U.S. trained & protected Afghan Army can apologize for killing our soldiers yesterday,” 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin tweeted Thursday afternoon.

Republican front-runner Mitt Romney has not spoken directly about the apology to Karzai, but vowing no apology is a key line of his stump speech.

“Let me make this very clear. As president of the United States, I will devote myself to an American Century. And I will never, ever apologize for America,” the former Massachusetts governor said in October.

The White House says the president’s apology was conveyed before the U.S. troops were killed Thursday.

Furthermore, the administration notes that the apology, which was included in a lengthy three-page letter from Obama to Karzai on a range of issues, is not unprecedented. In 2008, President Bush apologized to Iraq’s prime minister for an American sniper’s shooting of a Koran.

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British Papers Claim Margaret Thatcher's Snubbing Sarah Palin

Allison Shelley/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Last year, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said on her website that she was hoping to meet one of her idols, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, on a family trip to England during the summer of 2011.

Palin is scheduled to head there next month but it appears she won't get the opportunity to see Thatcher.

The British newspaper The Guardian quotes an "ally" of the former prime minister as saying, "Lady Thatcher will not be seeing Sarah Palin.  That would be belittling for Margaret.  Sarah Palin is nuts."

A source for another newspaper, The Independent, wasn't quite as definitive about Palin's supposed brush-off but things still don't sound too promising.

According to the source, "Nowadays, the Lady rarely meets people at all.  If a meeting went ahead, it would be very much low-key, and would very much depend on how things were on the day.  We don't make firm appointments for this sort of meeting."

Thatcher, who is 86, will be making a public appearance on July 4 to honor an old American friend.  That's when a statue of the late Ronald Reagan will be unveiled in front of the U.S. Embassy in London.

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Sarah Palin: 'Gadhafi Is Going to End Up Dead'

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(NAPLES, Fla.) -- Sarah Palin thinks President Obama needs to explain the American mission in Libya more clearly, but she has much harsher words for the Libyan leader, Col. Moammar Gadhafi, saying he “is going to end up dead.”
Appearing on On the Record with Greta Van Susteren of Fox News, the former Alaska governor said, “I think there is a lot of confusion” when it comes to the White House goals in Libya -- “are we really ready to turn over command and control to Arab League and to the British and the French?  When do we get to reclaim command and control over our troops?”
Palin, a paid contributor to Fox News, was an early advocate of the idea of a no-fly zone over Libya, but is now critical for what she considers mixed messages from the President.  “As long as we are in it, we better be in it to win it, “ she told Van Susteren. “And if there's doubt, get out.”
She added that Col. Gadafi has “the blood of innocent Americans on his hands” for his alleged role in the Lockerbie bombing and that “now is our chance to make sure he is held accountable.”  And when asked what she thought the immediate fate of the Libyan dictator would be, she concluded he “is going to end up dead,” either at the hands of the rebels or someone else.
Van Susteren was speaking to Palin in Naples, Fla. where earlier in the evening the former governor addressed the “Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speakers Series.”
Palin just returned from an overseas trip that included a speech in India and her first visit to Israel, including a dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. She called the visit to Israel the “trip of a lifetime,” adding, “I have such a love of Israel.”
She was extremely critical of the President’s efforts to freeze development of Israeli settlements, saying “President Obama was inappropriate to intervene in a zoning issue in Israel,” and stated,  “I would have taken an opposite approach. “
Yet again, Palin said she has not made up her mind about running for President.  However, she said she is “tempted” this time, even while she began to say there are other ways to contribute.
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