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An Apology Too Late

In the midst of the Vietnam War, a patrol under the leadership of Lt. William Calley, entered a village and when they left dozens of innocent villagers were dead including men, women, and children. The event shocked America and there was a court martial. Lt. Calley insisted superiors were convinced there were enemy forces in the village and he took actions that he believed protected his men. He admitted there were two US casualties and none do to enemy fire.

Today, at age 66, Calley told members of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Columus in Georgia, “there is not a day that goes by that I o not feel remorse for what happened that day. “I feel remorse for the Vietnamese who were killed, for their families, for the American soldiers involved and their families. I am very sorry.” It is confusing why he should feel sorry for the US troops since none died.

Wouldn’t it be appropriate if President Obama allowed those who are responsible for the death of thousands of Americans in Iraq to come forward and admit their responsibility? Or, do they have to wait a half century?