April 04, 2004
Another view on Clarke's apology
Posted by McQ
Charles Krauthammer says about all there is to say worth reading about Clarke's apology:
"One has to admire it -- the most cynical and brilliantly delivered apology in recent memory: Richard Clarke ....Many were moved. I was not. For two reasons. First, the climactic confession "I failed you" -- the one that packed the emotional punch -- was entirely disingenuous.....
Second, by blaming the government for the deaths of their loved ones, Clarke deftly endorsed the grotesque moral inversion by which those who died on Sept. 11 are victims of . . . George Bush. This is false. They were all victims of al Qaeda and al Qaeda alone.
Bill Clinton did not apologize for Oklahoma City. Ronald Reagan did not apologize for the Beirut bombing. FDR did not apologize for Pearl Harbor. George W. Bush owes no apology. If an apology is owed, it is owed to the entire country and not just the families, and it is owed by the murderers who planned and carried out Sept. 11."