By this statement, the General just guaranteed that everybody and their mother in the Muslim world now knows about this.
He should have kept his mouth shut and let the thing pass and very few people even noticing it.
I have always had an impression, left over from writings about him during his tenure at Fort Campbell, that the General was a Democrat, but quite in his political views.
I have always been astounded that there is an assumption on this site that he is a Republican and a conservative one at that. I think we would really be reeling if he retired in a year or two and ran as a Dem.