Being Bush Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Mehmood Qureshi, blasted the United States air strike which killed eleven Pakistan soldiers in the border region of the northwest. he termed the US attack ‘is a blatant and willful negation of the sacrifices Pakistan has made on the war against terrorism.” He told visiting NATO secretary general, Jaap de Hop Scheffer of his nation’s anger at the “senseless attack by the United States-led coalition forces.” Naturally, as a good diplomat, Scheffer said it was truly “regrettable and that an inquiry was being conducted.”

The American response has been typical Bush like in its refusal to admit a mistake. Admiral Mullen said the operation as “executed in accordance with procedures and that it was very much by the book.” A spokesperson for the State Department said the United States still did not have sufficient evidence that eleven Pakistan soldiers really were killed but if they were America would be “saddened” by the loss of life.

The NATO secretary general just admitted his sorrow and accepted the Pakistan version that eleven soldiers were dead, but George Bush has a difficult time saying American made a mistake. These mistakes occur and intelligent leaders simply accept responsibility, offer apologies and conduct an investigation.