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March 25, 2004
Right Doesn't Know The Meaning of Sorry?
"To the loved ones of the victims of 9/11, to them who are here in the room, to those who are watching on television, your government failed you. Those entrusted with protecting you failed you. And I failed you. We tried hard, but that doesn't matter, because we failed. And for that failure, I would ask, once all the facts are out, for your understanding and for your forgiveness."
Richard Clarke said this at the beginning of his testimony, yesterday. Laura Ingraham thinks he's a drama queen. Chris Matthews questions his right to make such an apology and generally mocks Clarke about the apology.
The right really hated to say sorry to the families of the victims of 9-11. But the families? Generally from what I heard, they said it would be hard to forgive but the gesture and the words were very much appreciated as no one had said in public that they were sorry about their failures.
Pretty soon it will be spun as "a former Bush aide apologizes to families of those killed on 9/11." Which of course is true, but is stripped of context.
In all my words yesterday, I neglected to think of or mention the sobering influence the presence of family members in the hearing room must have had on the participants. It clearly has had one as I think these hearings have been filled with quality, helpful, and healing information.