As we are all too painfully aware, one of Mitt Romney's most persistent lies during this campaign season is that Obama went on an "apology tour" after he was elected. That he traveled around the Middle East and apologized for past actions of the United States.
The response to this claim has been nearly universal: it is a lie. Democrats and their affiliates have pushed back against this lie with great vigor.
The response we’re not hearing, however, is the fact that we should apologize. Or, the fact that this machismo "no apologies" bullshit being peddled by the right wing noise machine is bad for our culture. That it hurts us, it hurts the world, it prevents us from being the nation we should be, and that it sets a bad example for all generations. (That’s right, I played the "think of the children!" card)
So let's cut to the chase, the bottom-line that can’t be refuted and should be pointed out by those on the left:
People are dead because the United States fucked up.Before storming on with my angry rant. We should take a moment to let that sink in. Human beings are dead. Their loved ones grieve them still. And, if it matters, if it sinks in deeper, many of these people were American soldiers, they were ours. Our country and our leaders owed them a duty to give them our best, because they promised to give us theirs, and we fucking failed. And, there were other soldiers of others countries, civilians, children, parents, fiancées, spouses, teachers, neighbors, security officers, public officials . . . dead, when they didn’t have to be, when they shouldn’t be.
Are we really so arrogant and full of bluster that we not only refuse to apologize for that FACT, but we act like the very notion that someone might think about saying something that could remotely be interpreted as an apology is shameful.
You know what is shameful? Someone who hurts people and won't even offer them the dignity of an apology (let alone reassurance that it won't happen again).
Anyone who is moderately informed (or over the age of 26 and with a functioning memory) should be able to agree on some basic facts: