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?

  • journeyer58

    In the annals of war, this police action/war, reigns as the worst fought and least admired of all wars.
    Lt. William Calley, Jr. the only person convicted of any crime regarding the My Lai massacre, was truly and completely the fall guy for a misbegotten and woefully underfunded war. He deserves nothing for his involvement in the My Lai massacre, but then he deserves something for the wrongful conviction foisted upon him for this incident.
    His superiors in rank, wanting a body count, especially LBJ, Robert McNamara and the lot of the administration were the true criminals in this debacle. Much the same as the shrubs administration! They completely and totally distorted the news so that their propaganda machine could make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. For all the trouble he caused he should apologize but the whole of the administration of LBJ and their accomplices in that debacle should be the one’s making the most abject of the apologies to the Vietnamese people for the hell they put them through in fighting for the wrong side of a civil war, caused by our obstinate refusal to abide by the treaties signed by Harry Truman and following presidents.

  • Fred Stopsky

    Of course, those in high positions share responsibility for crimes committed in Vietnam. But, Lt. Calley, along with anyone who went through basic training in the US Army, was taught about the Geneva Conventions and the importance of respecting them when in combat. He violated what he was trained not to do. He was an officer and thus responsible for the behavior of his troops. Sorry, an officer in the field of action can not blame the President of the US for his violation of the Geneva Convention.