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None – none, zero – of those excerpts constitute “apologizing for America,” as Mitt Romney put it in his autobiography. Nowhere in any of those excerpts does Barack Obama apologize or say he’s sorry on behalf of his entire country. And I’ll go further. None of those statements actually contain an apology. If you really need me to, and I’ll explain why, point by point. Just say the word.
Some of these are pathetic reaches (e.g. #4). And #7 is just funny. Since when is admitting to being human the same as apologizing? That’s, like, the anti-apology. “Oh, hey, I dropped a brick on your car. I’m human.” In the second excerpt Obama says, "We have not been perfect.“ Well, guess what? I made five mistakes while getting ready for work today. Did I just apologize to you?
If you like, I can also explain the difference between admitting error and apologizing for an error. In the interim, consider the following two statements: "I shot your mother in the face” and “I’m sorry for shooting your mother in the face”.
Here is Romney’s latest idiocy:
The statement that came from the administration – and the embassy is the administration – the statement that came from the administration was a statement which is akin to apology. – Mitt Romney, 12 Sept. 2012
The statement he refers to, of course, was issued by American embassy staff in Benghazi before the attacks that led to four deaths. We don’t know for sure yet, but it appears the staff released a statement sympathizing with Muslims offended by a Youtube movie in order to quell rising unrest there. Can’t really blame them. As it turns out, their lives were in danger.
The reason Mitt Romney and the conservative circle jerk known as The Heritage Foundation conflate apologies and acknowledgements of error is political, of course, not logical. Conservatives want to make the argument that liberals are weak on defense and foreign policy – you know, because liberals are hippies sniffing flowers… while lions all around them lick their chops.
In fact, conservatives’ approach is never to admit fault, never to admit weakness. Even if America fucks something up, act like your nation is the sweetest smelling turd in the world’s toilet bowl.
Probably using too many metaphors.
Shit. Did I just apologize for that?
Given that 9/11 happened on GW Bush’s watch, and this embassy incident happened on Obama’s, perhaps we should dispense with the notion that Americans’ demeanor is what prevents violence against us, and maybe think more deeply about how to stem the hatred some feel for us and/or our government.