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The Apology

“Tom Friedman”:http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/06/opinion/06FRIE.html?n=Top%2fOpinion%2fEditorials%20and%20Op%2dEd%2fOp%2dEd%2fColumnists%2fThomas%20L%20Friedman in NY Times

bq. Mr. Bush needs to invite to Camp David the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, the heads of both NATO and the U.N., and the leaders of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Syria. There, he needs to eat crow, apologize for his mistakes and make clear that he is turning a new page.

Followed by “Little Green Footballs”:http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=10946_Friedman-_Were_All_Doomed_Unless_Bush_Grovels

bq. Thomas Friedman demands that Donald Rumsfeld be fired, and maybe the entire Pentagon along with him. He says it?s the only way to restore our honor. After laying waste to our military command, Friedman proposes that President Bush invite to Camp David the UN Security Council, and the leaders of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Syria, and grovel before them in abject shame, wearing sackcloth, rubbing ashes into his hair, and weeping.

but at the “end of the day”:http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/07/politics/07RUMS.html?hp

bq. President Bush said on Thursday that he was sorry for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers, but vowed that the man in charge of the United States military, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, would remain in his job. Mr. Bush expressed his regrets in the White House Rose Garden at the side of King Abdullah II of Jordan after they met in the Oval Office. The president, who had deplored the abuse but stopped short of an apology in Arab television interviews on Wednesday, appeared to direct his words to the king as the leader of an Arab nation.

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