For President Obama, Sorry, Seems to Be the Hardest Word

Monday, December 5, 2011

Eight days after a U.S. drone killed at least 24 Pakistani soldiers, President Obama phoned President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday to offer his “condolences” but stopped short of a formal apology or a videotaped statement for the incident.

Some Obama administration aides worried that a formal apology from Mr. Obama could become fodder for his Republican opponent in the presidential campaign.

Drone attacks on Pakistan began in 2004 but have increased substantially under the presidency of Barack Obama resulting in the deaths of many innocent civilians. Daniel Byman from the Brookings Institute suggests that drone strikes may kill “10 or so civilians” for every militant killed.

The deadly deadly drone attack on Pakistan resulted in the U.S. given 15 days to vacate Shamsi Airbase which was secretly turned over to American forces following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Shamsi, under President Obama, has served as the base for the U.S. drone program targeting militants in the region.

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12 Responses to For President Obama, Sorry, Seems to Be the Hardest Word

  1. feminazi says:

    Which Republican is President Obama the most fearful of? Romney? Gingrich? Or maybe the de facto leader of the Republican party, Rush Limbaugh? In any case, adults say “I’m sorry.” It’s been my experience people resist saying they are sorry when they were caught red-handed and know they are as guilty as original sin.

  2. Joe in Colorado says:

    Feminazi – Obama is afraid of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner. I mean, if he’s afraid of those two then the guy is hopeless. I know it’s an election year and blah, blah, blah, but, Obama’s love drones killed a wedding party in Lahore and a classroom full of kids in Islamabad. I think a simple “I’m sorry, we fucked up” is more than warranted.

  3. Brigadoon says:

    War is not some damned video game. If it is important enough to fight, then send troops and battle the enemy. I know Obama thinks the future of warfare is drone attacks but they are notoriously inaccurate and the death toll in Pakistan proves this.

  4. The Real Adam says:

    America never apologizes.

    It’s part of the American exceptionalism mythology. You see, we elected Barack Obama and thought we were getting John F. Kennedy but we ended up with Ronald Reagan.

  5. Vivzz says:

    Obama is a proud man who finds it difficult to apologize, even though deep down, he knows the US drone strikes on Pakistan were morally wrong. This is an example of Obama’s out of line. He is more worried about hurting his pride than saying he is sorry. Obama is very worried about appearing weak in front of the GOP. We’ve seen this behavior for three years now. Obama simply can’t admit he’s wrong — it’s a sign of incompetence. You see, admitting a mistake by asking for forgiveness is an admission of guilt. American presidents are never wrong. History bears this out.

  6. One Fly says:

    Just now I see Iran has the drone that “was not shot down”. Will bama try to get a long and ask real nice for it back.

  7. Marcus Ybanez says:

    Obama doesn’t know who the hell he is. He’s tried to be Ronald Reagan, then Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, then Harry Truman, followed by JFK and now he thinks he’s Dick Cheney.

    This man doesn’t need a second term as president; he needs psychotherapy to help him address his identity crisis. Too bad Hillary Clinton isn’t challenging Obama as a Third Party candidate. I could get behind her and I think she would win.

  8. VicoDANIEL says:

    There’s no question Barack Obama loves his drones. But, according to the New America Foundation, a study of the number of Total Deaths in Pakistan from 2004 to 2011 reveals between 1,717 to 2,680 Pakistanis have been killed.

    If the Brookings Institute is correct and ten civilians die per one militant die in drone attacks, then between 1,545 to 2,412 Pakistani civilians have been killed by drone attack.

    Mr. Obama hasn’t, at last I recall, gone to the US Congress (what a quaint notion) and asked for a war resolution for Pakistan? In fact, he (and Bush before him) repeatedly refer to Pakistan as “our partner in the war on terrorism.”

    So imagine if the US military had killed British or French in WWII with such abandon? There is a huge disconnect here and as a taxpaying American, I want Barack Obama to explain why we’re killing innocent Pakistani civilians in such great numbers with remote controlled drones?

    Source: New America Foundation

  9. DMason says:

    Great post, Christopher. Obama’s idea of strength is retro. No wonder he worships St. Reagan.

  10. Randy Arroyo says:

    Barry’s drone technology has fallen into the hands of the Iranians. According to NBC News, the Pentagon is worried the Iranians will reverse-engineer the drone they shot down. I remember about 10 years ago reading a quote from a military guru who said we were rushing forward with this type of weaponry before it was perfected. Apparently, no one was listening.

  11. Adirondacky says:

    The Obama administration may have worried a formal apology from the president might become fodder for his GOP opponents but nothing like the news the Iranians have gotten their hands on a U.S. drone. This will be front and center at the next Republican debate.

  12. Nobamanishqua says:

    If the Iranians successfully reverse engineer our drone technology Israel will suffer most.

    Ahmadinejad has stated on the record that Israel has no right to exist. A drone used to deliver a small nuclear warhead on Tel Aviv would be the beginning of WWIII. Military Watch reports drone use has increased three-fold under Obama. This is madness.

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