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People America needs apologies from

By Katrina vanden Heuvel

It’s the season of Lent in the Christian tradition, the forty days of penitence that precede Easter. Given that it’s a time for reflection and contrition, I offer the following list of people from whom I’d like an apology in the Lenten tradition of genuine remorse and self-awareness. Most of these characters have receded from the limelight, but the results of their actions -- some taken almost a decade ago -- still plague the nation and the world today. In no particular order:

John Yoo: While at the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, Yoo in 2003 wrote an eighty-one page opinion on the legality of harsh military interrogations – torture, that is. Why do they hate us? Ask John Yoo.

Writes Jane Mayer in “The Dark Side”:

Among the practices the memo discussed as arguably legal were gouging a prisoner’s eyes out, dousing him with “scalding water, corrosive acid, or caustic substance,” of “slitting an ear, nose, or lip, or disabling a tongue or limb.” Biting, too, was considered. All of these forms of assault and maiming would ordinarily be criminal, but in times of war, Yoo wrote, the laws were trumped by the powers of the commander in chief.
Phil Gramm: Gramm carries a doctorate in economics earned at the University of Georgia in 1967, and the three-term senator from Texas bears more legislative responsibility for the Great Recession than any other elected official. Gramm predicated his support for subprime mortgages on the story of how his own mother’s subprime mortgage put a roof over his head when he was a boy. In his relentless push for deregulation and more deregulation, Gramm used the logical fallacy that “the plural of anecdote is evidence” in order to assert that, because these risky and predatory lending techniques had helped deliver the American Dream to his mother, they could do the same for everyone.

Looking back on Gramm’s legacy, The New York Times assesses:

He led the effort to block measures curtailing deceptive or predatory lending, which was just beginning to result in a jump in home foreclosures that would undermine the financial markets. He advanced legislation that fractured oversight of Wall Street….And he pushed through a provision that ensured virtually no regulation of the complex financial instruments known as derivatives, including credit swaps, contracts that would encourage risky investment practices at Wall Street’s most venerable institutions and spread the risks, like a virus, around the world.”
Richard S. Fuld Jr.: CNBC and Portfolio listed Fuld at Number 1 on their list of “Worst American CEOs of All Time.” As the last CEO of Lehman Brothers, Fuld presided over the largest bankruptcy in American history after accumulating debts of $613 billion. Of the constellation of financial disasters that played out during the 2008 financial meltdown, the Lehman bankruptcy was the most catastrophic and most emblematic of the meltdown. In his memoir, “A Colossal Failure of Common Sense,” former Lehman vice president Lawrence G. McDonald writes:
[T]he corporate direction was created at the very top, on the thirty-first floor, at the steel whim of the old commercial-paper lughead Dick Fuld and the thirty-year Lehman veteran trader Joe Gregory. These two men controlled many things way beyond Seventh Avenue: thousands of families, mortgages, college educations, second homes, alimonies, vacations. Indeed, they controlled lives. And to risk upsetting either of them was more than most people could afford. In the teeth of what was now open criticism about the firm’s policies, Dick and Joe began a long, out-of-step march to nowhere.
L. Paul Bremer: Though it’s not entirely fair to blame the Iraq quagmire on one man, Bremer’s uninformed, uncompromising, and inconsistent stint as “viceroy” was a portrait of ineptitude from beginning to end. The “series of bombings, beheadings and shootings” that rocked Baghdad on Monday is a direct consequence of Bremer’s inability to achieve anything resembling stability during his time in charge. In his “Imperial Life in the Emerald City,” The Post's Rajiv Chandrasekaran holds Bremer personally accountable for the insurgency that exploded after “Mission Accomplished,” stemming primarily from his two key decisions to disband the Iraqi Army and to bar all Baath Party members from participation in the process of nation-building. Chandrasekaran writes:
In a land of honor and tradition, the viceroy had disrespected the old soldiers. I never ran into [a former Iraqi major] again, but months later, I did see another former soldier who had been at the protest.
“What happened to everyone there?” I asked. “Did they join the new army?”
He laughed.
“They’re all insurgents now,” he said. “Bremer lost his chance.”
Tiger Woods: Of course, Woods has already apologized for his infidelity and poor marital behavior, but he really ought to be apologizing for re-underlining the sex scandal as a valid and newsworthy front-page headline. Commentary and punditry grow like mushrooms when given the appropriate fertilizer -- time and speculation -- and Woods’s furtive behavior following his Nov. 27 car accident allowed for plenty of both. Had Woods chopped the legs out from this story immediately -- instead of waiting 83 days before finally making a public appearance -- he would have saved all of us a lot of time and energy in inconsequential voyeurism into the who, what, where and when of his sex life. Instead, the more Woods dithered, the more we watched; and the more we watched, the more “Tigergate” commentary we got. As an example of what hath Tiger wrought, consider ESPN’s ridiculous use of a body-language expert to dissect last week’s mea culpa:
He comes out and he's got a very serious walk, that kind of tabloid walk with his arms extended out a little bit. He looks good. He's nervous, but yet he made terrific eye contact with the people in the audience. You knew that he was definitely feeling anxiety. There were tons of hard swallows.

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | February 24, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
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Tired of hearing people apologizing left and right so I don't care if these people apologize or not.

Posted by: trumeau | February 24, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

John Yoo is the one you guys owe an apology to. Oh, and you should thank him for the fine work he's done.

Posted by: ZZim | February 24, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

How about an apology from the President for not telling Americans that the new tone of hope change and bipartisanship was going to get worse?
How about an apology from all those on the left who constantly ridicule and demean those ordinary Americans who attend a tea party activity because they are worried about the monetary stability and the overspending that grows worse each day?
How about an apology from the President who says that the only reason people don't like his health care proposals is not because of what is in it, but that basically people are too stupid and he didn't explain it well enough for us?
Do I go on? I have lots more as an independent who was fooled by election spin over a year ago.

Posted by: justmyvoice | February 24, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

The rest of them ought to be tarred and feathered... but Tiger Woods hurt no one but himself and his wife.... the bimboes complaining, and the sponsors abstaining are merely agreeing not to exploit his popularity for their own greed now.

As for John Loo... he works for a University in CA... does that university receive tax payer funding?

I should think the average tax payer would object to their tax dollars paying him a thin dime.

He and the rest - properly enscounced in the Halls of Infamy

Posted by: dutchess2 | February 24, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

It is unfortunate that Ms. vanden Heuvel would twist Lent on its head to demand apologies from her political opponents.

I personally oppose these people's political agendas as much as anyone could, but I think that Ms. vanden Heuvel should reflect on what the "time for reflection and contrition in the forty days of penitence that precede Easter" actually means, before she seeks to exploit it to score political points.

Perhaps she could confer with some of her colleagues at the "On Faith" blog.

Posted by: Itzajob | February 24, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Lame...

Posted by: bobilly2 | February 24, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Latrina,
Let me be the first to apologize to you. I'm sorry you are an ugly, condescending, elitist, half educated stool sample. I'm sorry you had an unhappy childhood because the other children wouldn't play with you. I'm sorry about your unrequited love for Hillary Clinton and Rosie O' Donnell.
Most of all, I'm sorry that you were raised in a culture that gave you such an overdeveloped sense of entitlement. Come to think of it, it's you that's sorry.

Posted by: carlbatey | February 24, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me? Typical complicit media blame giving voice to the demagogic Statists. Where is the apology from Congress for passing the 1977 Community reinvestment act which promoted the issuance of loans to individuals who often had bad credit or insufficient income leading up to our financial crisis? Where is the apology from the Dept of Housing and urban development who pressured Freddie Mac and Fannie may to purchase large bundles of loans for the conflicting purposes of diversifying risk and making more money available to banks to make further risky loans? Where is the apology from Sen. Dodd, Sen. Schumer and Barney Frank who repeatedly ignored warnings of pending disaster and who insisted these warnings were overstated? Moreover, they opposed efforts to force Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to comply with usual business and oversight practices. And finally, where is the apology from the Obama administration for the $350B of Tarp funds that cannot be adequately accounted for?

So, while Katrina vanden Heuvel solicits apologies from people who the Progressives like to demonize, the real culprits who have looted the American taxpayer go unchecked. Another great example of your complicit media in action defending the Statists.

Posted by: lawrencej | February 24, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse


how about an apology for lying to Americcns on an ongoing basis. Potus claimed he had nothing to do with Acorn other than a legal case several years ago. Yet, film clips recently uncovered show him promising corn his total support. How about his promise that he would have open discussions, yet, his health care bill was in secret until there was a cry for honesty. This man has more lies in his lefe that will come out. What ever he thinks the public wants to hear, he will say. The sad thing is that his VP Joe Biden is the same, except for the fact that I think Biden does not know the difference between facts and fiction. If ever that old saying "lier, lier , pants on fire, applied the Pres and the VP better look for a wter bucket..

Posted by: MALBENNET | February 24, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

If the tea parties want to be effective they need to kick out the raciest.

You want to discuss economics great, valid concern by populists on all sides of politics. Not going to happen as long as you have a village idiot standing next to you claiming that Obama is not a citizen.

Took the Anti-war movement years to realize that blaming the troops made them less effective.

Posted by: alex35332 | February 24, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

John Yoo is the one you guys owe an apology to. Oh, and you should thank him for the fine work he's done.

Posted by: ZZim | February 24, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

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Only after you have died for our Country ..

Then we will think about it.

Fei Hu

Posted by: Fei_Hu | February 24, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Great article!

I'm going to keep printed copies around, and stuff them into the mouths of lying GOP jackarses.

Posted by: AIPACiswar | February 24, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Obama has been apologizing for American since he took office, won't that work for you?

In all seriousness though, anyone apologizing to a left wing American Hating Socialist like Ven den Hueval is kind of funny when you think about it.

Posted by: robtr | February 24, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

"I'm going to keep printed copies around, and stuff them into the mouths of lying GOP jackarses."

Before you can succeed in your threat, AIPACiswar, any self-respecting GOP jackarse will snatch the copy from your hand, roll it into a cylinder, and stuff it up your weenie liberal arse.

Posted by: TArbiter | February 24, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

WOW, so Katrina thinks is Truman a war criminal? really!? thats unbelievable that anyone would even insinuate that.

Posted by: dummypants | February 24, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Enough with demanding or expecting apologies. Just worry about your own life and behavior.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 24, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Tiger Woods did nothing to us and to put him in the same category with Yoo, Gramm etc. is ludicrous.

He made some serious mistakes and is accountable only to his wife, his children and his God.

Oh - Heuvel apparently thinks she is equal to the latter.

Posted by: Kansas28 | February 24, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Leave Woods out of your list.

He is a philandering golf player, not a torture-justification memo writer (Yoo), not a pusher of MBS, CDOs, and other toxic financial waste (Gramm), nor a failed and arrgoant CEO (Fuld), nor an abysmally incompetent Iraq Vice-Roy (Bremer).

Woods has not damaged this country. He has only damaged himself and his family. Besides, he apologized alreay as part of
the 12-step program that he is following.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | February 24, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Conspicuously left out of your list are Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and the pack of Neo-Cons (Feith, Wolfowitz, Perle, Kristol, etc...) who dragged the country into an unnecessary war with a country that was no threat to us (see Iraq), causing thousands of casualties among our soldiers, tens of thousands of casualties among Iraqi civilians, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. I won't even start on the financial cost of that debacle.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | February 24, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Yeah!

All these comments are totally right on. I mean, how DARE we question what John Yoo did for our country? Torturing suspected terrorists is the president's right as an American! And the commenter who said the writer has "unrequited love" for Rosie O'Donnell and Hillary Clinton--Ha, ha! It's funny because theyz lezbians, I get it!

Also, taxes are evil and liberty and freedom are things that I like and thinking is evil and I hate how all those people who don't deserve it are getting my tax dollars and I I, me me, alone, I'm so sad.

Posted by: MrT321 | February 24, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the Universities that educated Kristina owe us all apologies. Or should the Washington Post apologize for putting on the Nation Magazine's editor in their paper on the same day that President Obama is in front of the Business Roundtable trying to convince them that he is a capitalist! Incredible.

Posted by: JackReacher | February 24, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

It takes some serious self-absorption to take a religious time of contrition and use it to DEMAND apologies. Perhaps the author should spend this time worrying about her own actions?

She should save article like this for Festivus. That's what it's for.

Posted by: msully25 | February 24, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

How about an apology from Katrina vanden Heuvel for a worthless article that needlessly wasted time, increased a carbon footprint, and killed trees.

Posted by: rexreddy | February 24, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Ms. vanden Heuvel, for the details about the Yoo memo. Anyone who would tell the President that it is arguably legal to gouge out prisoners' eyes or burn them with acid is no better than the members of the SS and the Gestapo who murdered millions of innocent men, women, and children. I don't want Yoo to apologize; I want him and everyone else associated with authorizing, ordering, or carrying out these atrocities to be tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity, and then executed. Period.

Posted by: lydgate | February 24, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

66 million Americans owe their fellow Americans an apology for electing the most unqualified person to serve as PTOUS. What a mess they are making of this country. You can say what you want about Bush. He made many mistakes but always had the Countries best intrest at Heart. Now with Obama, he serves only himself and his liberal cronies. $700 billion stimulus is nothing but a slush fund for Liberal Supporters. No one has answered the question as to why we need $15b jobs bill when only one third of the stimulus has been allocted. Chicago style politics has finally come to DC. Liberals Suck!

Posted by: Cobra2 | February 24, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

"Latrina,
Let me be the first to apologize to you. I'm sorry you are an ugly, condescending, elitist, half educated stool sample." - carlbatey
=========================================

There is something amusing about a commenter castigating a opinion writer as elitist and condescending by comparing them to a stool sample.

How does one tell if a stool sample is elitist, carlbatey? Would one use a smell test or perhaps a taste test is more appropriate? I look forward to your expert answer.

As for condescension, apparently you feel inferior to your fecal emissions. You should get some professional help dealing with that.

Posted by: Ken_Davis1 | February 24, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I believe that we should waterboard both John Yoo and Jay Bybee until they apologize and give up their law licenses.

Posted by: snortz_the_cat | February 24, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I have long believed that the main requirement for admission to either the Teab.ag.ger Treason rallies or the Repukeliscum Party is a frontal lobotomy.

The comments by the fascists on this board reassure me. The lobotomy industry is doing well, and has only a problem of removing the cortical capacity of conservat.urds fast enough.

Posted by: snortz_the_cat | February 24, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

You left out Bill Clinton for lying under oath; McNamara for lying about being able to win in Vietnam; Jane Fonda for supporting our enemy; John Kerry for holding negoiations with our enemy while a commissioned officer (against the law) in the USN; Bill Clinton and Les Aspen for lying about the Rangers needing armor in Somolia resulting in the deaths cronicled in Blackhawk Down; Don Rumsfeld for everything he did and didn't do; Bill Clinton for not killing Osama when he had the chance; and last but not least, Obama for making promises he cannot and never intended to keep.

Posted by: staterighter | February 24, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Katrina, you are a Communist, and while we know you think that makes you one of the elites, it doesn't, and we Americans don't apologize to communists.John Yoo is an American. Not an American hero, just an American who did his job and did his duty. It speaks to your internal wiring that you, sitting in your holier-than-though opinion chair, given to you as a sop to keep you from organizing protest marches outside the White House, think you're all that because you can pick on an ordinary American, all the while seething and burning that your vitriol against those actually having responsibility for America's guidance and protection has come to nothing. Despite your best efforts, Katrina, America still stands.

Posted by: chatard | February 24, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't everybody just shut the hell up and do something constructive?

Posted by: eddie111 | February 24, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Katrina vanden Heuvel is a known far left liberal with a major political bias.

As for John Yoo, he was just cleared by the current Justice dept. as having done nothing wrong.

As for Phil Gramm, since the current recession started we have been hearing a mantra that;
1) Capitalism has failed,
2) Blame the Conservatives.
2) Deregulation is bad.
3) Regulation is good.

This is politically biased revisionist history because it was almost universally accepted in the 80's and 90's that the economy was over-regulated and that the markets and businesses needed to be more free to act rather than to be burdened by excess regulations. Much of the de-regulation happened under President Clinton.

Posted by: AnotherContrarian | February 24, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Yoo should be waterboarded.

Posted by: atroncale1 | February 24, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

On Tiger Woods:

It takes a lot of nerve to blame Tiger for the fact that you and other media mavens are a bunch of frenzy feeding jackasses. No coverage, no story. Why don't you start by apologizing for again mentioning Woods' travails?

Posted by: qoph | February 24, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow... so much hatred and judgement from the God-fearing conservatives. I can't believe so many of you would even read such a "lefty" paper like the Post, what with its big words, and ideas and opinions and all...

Cobra2, do you REALLY think Obama is THE MOST unqualified person ever elected President??? And King George I wasn't that....why? Because he had daddy's cabal of warmongers surrounding him, pulling the strings, and all Obama did was bring in intelligent, concerned, professionals? Didn't Bush fail st something like 14 different business and political ventures before conning the people of Texas to elect him Gov. once? Oh, and lets not forget that "C" average he was so proud of in college.... yeah, eminently qualified.

"You can say what you want about Bush. He made many mistakes but always had the Countries best intrest at Heart." (and learn how to spell! Country's) Really? When was that exactly? When he allowed an American city to disappear under the water while back-slapping "heckuva job" Brownie? Maybe it was the pre-emptive war he started for no good reason that has cost well over 4,000 American lives and countless billions of dollars (don't hear any conservative carping about THAT government spending!)? Was it the erosion of American values by allowing despicable human beings like John Yoo, Fieth, Wolfowitz and crowd to cheer on torture? Or was it when he sat and fiddled while the global financial markets flew apart at the seams thanks to idiotic conservative gutting of financial regulations? Help me out...there are so many examples of great Bush leadership, I can't decipher the ones that had our best interests at heart.

When are you people going to get it??? Helping your neighbor IS in your own interest!!! Ms vanden Huevel speaks the truth and all she gets back is right-wing hatred. Typical. You have no refutation to the argument so you just name call and hate, hate, hate.

chatard, John Yoo did his duty??? Please! John Yoo did his Master's bidding..... he HAD a duty to the country that he didn't do.

AnotherContrarian, go back and read the history you pretend to know about - the financial deregulation that happened AT THE VERY END of the Clinton presidency was driven by Phil Graham. CLinotn, in the spirit of bipartisanship that you all are crying about today GAVE you what you asked for, and look where it got us.

Posted by: DaveB2 | February 24, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

how about an apology from obama for the innocent people he ordered killed by drones...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 24, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I am sorry for reading this.

Posted by: simonsays1 | February 24, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Where is the clip of Barney Frank telling all of us that Freddie and Fannie were in fine shape? Does he owe us anything?

Posted by: TheDubb | February 24, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Katrina wants an apology from these people in the "Christian tradition of Lent"?

Shouldn't she be asking for it in the "Jewish tradition of Yom Kippur"?

Posted by: pmendez | February 24, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Noticeably absent:

Dick Cheney, for a lifetime of crimes against humanity.

Bill Kristol, founder of PNAC, the cabal of out-on-the-ledge neo-con crazies who were selling the idea of war in Iraq even before Bush was elected.

Wendy Gramm, wife of Phil, and the deregulating dolt responsible for the Enron debacle (from which she profited).

Larry Summers and the longtime fraud Alan Greenspan -- who, together, sold Bill Clinton on Phil Gramm's Credit Default Swap scam (responsible for bringing down the house of cards that is Wall Street), telling Clinton that Wall Street was too responsible to take self-destructive risks or to need regulation.

Posted by: WhatHeSaid | February 24, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, Katrina, the good news (if it can be called that) is that you never, ever surprise us.

It's always full-on, 100% orthodoxy on every subject under the sun.

You latest attempt can be summarized as follows:

"Here's a bunch of folks I really, really don't like. I want them to apologize to me for not sharing my worldview."

Please.

Posted by: cynicalidealist | February 24, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

The only name that needs to be on the list is Alan Greenspan. He engineered the mortgage meltdown through failed monetary policy and a failure to invoke his regulatory power given in the Equity Protection Act of 1994.

The entire economic meltdown happened because of bogus mortgages that should never have been allowed into the system.

Alan Greenspan is at fault entirely.
.

Posted by: hz9604 | February 24, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

The only apology I care about here is the one from John Yoo. Then again, any apology uttered by such a man as him would have to be taken on its face value, which, to me, wouldn't be much.

Posted by: martymar123 | February 24, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Cynicalidealist: I daresay that no person with a conscience, a heart or a brain shares John Yoo's twisted, masochist worldview. Certainly not all of the Christians out there that like to ask "WWJD?" I'm fairly certain Jesus would not slit a human ear or pour acid on someone.

Posted by: krock2008 | February 24, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: carlbatey

Latrina,
Let me be the first to apologize to you. I'm sorry you are an ugly, condescending, elitist, half educated stool sample. I'm sorry you had an unhappy childhood because the other children wouldn't play with you. I'm sorry about your unrequited love for Hillary Clinton and Rosie O' Donnell.
Most of all, I'm sorry that you were raised in a culture that gave you such an overdeveloped sense of entitlement. Come to think of it, it's you that's sorry.
___________________________________________
Your parents should apologize to you for raising such a troglodyte. Sheesh. And I bet you thought this insult laden drivel was clever. Your teachers should apologize to you as well. Oh, and God too. Turns out he just MIGHT make junk.

Posted by: Observer001 | February 24, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Nice article, Katrina.

I would add that I'm appalled that Senator Gramm, after cheerleading for the debacle that eventually morphed into the Great Recession, then hopped over to the Bank of Switzerland and, living off his lush pension as an ex-U.S. senator, proceeded to advise wealthy American clients as a board member to shelter their wealth from U.S. taxation.

As for Tiger, yes, it was an error to delay for as long as he did. Apparently, though, his advisors huddled together and concluded that it was better to take the criticism for delay than to allow Tiger to face the cameras with a disfigured face. Elin must've really gotten him good with the nine iron.

And don't listen to the other critical posts. They envy your success and good looks.

Posted by: sthomas1957 | February 24, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Limiting the apologies just to the people mentioned in the column, and not expanding the list to include those not specifcally mentioned (but who strike a particular ideological nerve with other posters), I would say that Tiger Woods is not even remotely in the same league with Bremer, Yoo, Gramm or Fuld in the sense of the damage that these individuals have caused, either economically or judicially.

Wood's situation is merely that of a person who has committed limited personal, financial and self destructive acts - not behavior that has affected the lives of thousands or even millions of people.

It is past time for the media to drop Woods off any list demanding meaningful mea culpas.

Posted by: MillPond2 | February 24, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I've let go of my need for receiving apologies, public or even private. I am not America, but over America I care to hold an umbrella. To come under my umbrella it is not necessary to polish the post.
Why would America need shelter from the weather? I don't know. Cut your hair, let undyed roots regrow, get a divorce and I might take the risk of covering you too.

Posted by: BombSchelldeNigeria | February 24, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I was with you until you threw in Tiger Woods. The man is a professional golfer and owes us no explanation for his PRIVATE life as long as he's not breaking a law (which I can't say about the other folks from whom you requested an apology, along with everybody else in the Bush admininstration).

Posted by: gsross | February 24, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

How about Rockefellar for raping wholesome American boys and the rest of you for keeping the blinders on?

Posted by: CornGlut | February 24, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I'd put Don Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, George Bush, Paul Wolfowitz, Doug Feith, Richard Perle, Condie Rice, Alberto Gonzales, Michael "Brownie" Brown, Kenneth Lay, Jeff Skilling, Tom DeLay, Bernard Ebbers, Dennis Kozlowski, Andrew Fastow, Ahmed Chalabi, Grover Norquist, Erik Prince, Judith Miller, Scooter Libby, Jay Bybee, William Kristol,and Paris Hilton on the list too.

Posted by: kurthunt | February 24, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Really isn't it the people of Iraq who should apologize to America for not letting our small businesses pour the concrete over their antiques and the landfill into their swamps?

Posted by: CornGlut | February 24, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Bremer diverted $1 billion earmarked for water purification to "security" As a result, for a time 1 out of 8 Iraqi children under the age of 5 died of water borne diseases.

If he can't even apologize for being a negligent "Christian" conqueror / ruler, do you really think he will apologize for genocide?

Posted by: coloradodog | February 24, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

We need to have a public hanging of Phil Gramm. He is truely dispicable.

Posted by: streff | February 24, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

The elite bankers that own the Federal Reserve owe Americans well as the rest of the world an apology for all the greed and death that they have caused all of humanity!! The Federal Reserve is not a branch of our government,but an independent central bank owned by elite European banking families!! The FED owns and controls our dollar, our economy, and our political system. AMERICA WAKE UP!!!
www.AmericaWakeUpNow.net

Posted by: AMERICAWAKEUPNOW | February 24, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

SEC Chair Cox for the Great Recession

Posted by: daisy901 | February 24, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Where on the list is Cardinal Mahoney of LA who agreed with Cardinal Rivera of Mexico to transfer "Father" Nicholas Aguilar for "health and family reasons" to the US where he was subsequently convicted of molesting little boys again?

Somehow, Aguilar escaped back to Mexico without even being "defrocked" and is practicing as a "Padre" under Rivera in the Mexican State of Puebla.

Or maybe you could include William Donohue, President of the Catholic League, who dismisses clergy abuse victims as "gold diggers" as if they were little boy sex workers who the Church can simply pay off for their voluntary services to their Holy johns while Benedict expresses his "personal anquish"

Posted by: coloradodog | February 24, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

How about an apology from Vanden Huevel's parents for inflicting this witless partisan hack upon us.

Posted by: bobmoses | February 24, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

How about Rahm Emmanuel delivering an apology to the families of DEAD AMERICAN SOLDIERS for the hanky panky of his father?

Posted by: LallipopReddiSet | February 24, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't the fed owe the Clan and brethren McKnights an apology for effing them over their kickbacks from saudi seed money?
How does a sleeper bank thank a sleeper bank?
Stay eternally tuned.

Posted by: LallipopReddiSet | February 24, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

how about an apology from obama for the innocent people he ordered killed by drones... Posted by: DwightCollins

If there's anyone who needs to apologize for people being killed by drones it's Hannity, Beck, Limbaugh, and Malkin.

Posted by: washpost18 | February 25, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

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