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ConcernedCanuk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:30 AM
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Bush tries to stem Arab outrage, But no apology over prison abuse
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Bush tries to stem Arab outrage,But no apology over prison abuse
Rumsfeld called on the carpet
May. 6, 2004. 06:16 AM

TIM HARPER
WASHINGTON BUREAU

WASHINGTONPresident George W. Bush, the credibility of his occupation force in tatters, took to Arab airwaves yesterday in an extraordinary attempt to stem growing outrage over the abuse of detainees in a Baghdad prison.

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Jawad al-Ananai, a former Jordanian foreign minister; said Bush should have apologized to the Iraqi people.

"This is not going to wash with the Arab audience," he said.

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"The damage is done," said Palestinian Reem Hosaris. "Iraqis lost confidence in the big ideas of American democracy and freedom. Regardless of what he said, they have seen the opposite of what they were promised."

Much MORE

Article goes on to describe how a woman in her 70's was made to crawl on her hands and knees while US soldiers "rode her like a donkey"

I'm just sick with all of this, Think I'll stay on my side of the border

Forever.

(sigh)
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amber dog democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:32 AM
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1. He is not sorry.
Only angry at the PR problem it poses for his war.
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aintitfunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:46 AM
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2. I do not understand the downside
to apologizing for such egregious behavior on the part of the "few" who perpetrated this crime. Why the lack of civility and common manners. Where is the weakness in saying "On behalf of the American people I apologize. We ask the forgiveness of the Iraqi people and the detainees who suffered this awful abuse." I really do not get it.
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LynzM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:51 AM
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3. Because any apology is to admit that you (or someone on your team)
Was wrong.... and we know Bush & Co are not capable of that. Although in this case, it seems the Co. part may be, but Bush himself cannot. He cannot admit weakness. He cannot think of anything he's done wrong; likewise, he cannot admit that people under him were wrong, either, apparently. I agree, that it would have been simple to say what you said above.... but it did not happen, and many will suffer the consequences, unfortunately. :(
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leesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:52 AM
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5. Real men don't apologize...part of his misguided machismo.
Actually, it's probably best he doesn't because it would be just another lie anyway. He's not sorry. He could not care less.
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kayell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:51 AM
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4. Being pResident means never having to say you're sorry.
:eyes:
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loftycity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 09:53 AM
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6. The breaking story was torture and this week it is reduced to abuse
The spinning is working hard to reduce the violent truth in the minds of Americans.
Next week the torture spin will be reduced to the 'alleged belittlement' of the detainees.
The Nazi's will never apologize
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leetrisck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:07 AM
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7. I don't care whether he apologizes or not - just
accept responsibility for his actions and the actions of his cabinet. He has't criticized Rumsfeld in private or in public. What a crock. That's eyewash. He doesn't give a damn and he's totally uninformed about the American people, Iraqi and the world. He should leave.
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