The president of the United States has apologized for the massacre by an American soldier of Afghan women and children. Once again, President Obama made clear he would not defend acts of violence against Afghan civilians. In reference to the shootings, he said: “The United States takes this as seriously as it was one of our citizens, and our children who were murdered. We’re heartbroken over the loss of innocent life.” He termed the murders outrageous and unacceptable.
I await comments from those noted heroes Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum who regard an “apology” as an insult to the American people. In their view, we Americans never say we are sorry, but let someone touch one of our citizens and it is death for them. A president represents all that is decent about this nation and an apology is what is required when one of our soldiers kills innocent people.