Bush knows he didn't apologize, even if the press doesn't

Of course he's not accepting personal responsibility, but he's also not even apologizing for his occupying army, the country (or anything or anyone else); he's merely saying vaguely, he's sorry about it. But wait, read the full context of the word "sorry," which he uses twice in his own report of what he told King Abdullah:

"I told him I was sorry for the humiliation suffered by the Iraqi prisoners and the humiliation suffered by their families," the Republican president said during a Rose Garden appearance with the Jordanian monarch.

"I told him I was equally sorry that people who have been seeing those pictures didn't understand the true nature and heart of America."

If Bush is "apologizing" for American misdeeds here, he's also "apologizing" for the ignorance of all who aren't Americans. The latter is both an insult and an impossibility, and it makes the first statement meaningless.

He's too stupid too realize it, but he's just effectively shouted out once again, and this time not just to Iraqis, but to everyone in the world who is already unhappy with what our monstrous political, military and economic establishment has come to represent for them, "Bring them on!" We have no defenses for what will follow.

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Published on May 6, 2004 4:48 PM.

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