advisor Richard Clarke apologized to the families of the victims of
9/11. President Bush and his Defense Secretary apologized for the
Iraqi prisoner scandal involving a handful of U.S. military personnel.
Everyone, it seems, is
receiving an apology from someone—everyone, that is, except
you, the American mother who has sacrificed a child or a husband on
the altar of freedom. On this Mothers’ Day, I thought I might
offer you an apology on behalf of those who will never offer one themselves.
First, on behalf of the
few reckless individuals who, through their actions in that Iraqi
prison, have dishonored all who wear the uniform of the American military,
I apologize. They have stained the reputation of your loved one. For
this I am truly sorry. Please know that most Americans do not share
the cynicism that paints your brave, caring loved one with such a
On behalf of the politicians
who wring their hands and declare this the worst case of military
misbehavior they have ever seen, I apologize. These statements are
mere election year posturing. Some inside the beltway either do not
understand or do not care what their hyperbole has done to make the
On behalf of Democrat
Presidential candidate John Kerry, who launched his political career
three decades ago by deliberately besmirching the memory of 58,000
brave servicemen who died in Vietnam (not to mention those who returned
maimed and without benefit of the silver spoon Kerry has always enjoyed),
I apologize. Kerry was wrong to give aid and comfort to America’s
enemies while smearing the good name of every man who served in Southeast
Asia by lying to a U.S. Senate committee in 1971 concerning atrocities
about which he had no personal knowledge. I apologize for his actions
and for the fact that he will be the presidential nominee of the Democratic
Party. You deserve better.
On behalf of the American
media, which has exhibited such unbridled bias in its coverage of
the current conflict, I apologize. Your husband, son or daughter has
met the challenge to export freedom, promote understanding and make
better the lives of those they liberated. The apparent policy of the
so-called “mainstream” media has been to denigrate those
efforts because they don’t happen to like the current commander-in-chief.
I am sorry they behave as though they hate America.
On behalf of Osama bin
Laden and the deluded fanatics who follow him, I apologize for the
unprovoked attack on September 11th three years ago. I am deeply sorry
that nearly 3,000 innocent people were murdered as they went about
their business that day.
On behalf of the Saudi
Arabian government, I apologize. Fifteen of the nineteen hijackers
on 9/11 hailed from that nation. Osama bin Laden is a Saudi. Instead
of an apology, the reward for American friendship has been $40 a barrel
On behalf of the all
the tyrants America has ever faced—from King George to Adolf
Hitler to Ho Chi Min to Saddam Hussein—I apologize. Some of
America’s best and brightest from each generation have been
taken from us because of these despicable human beings.
As you celebrate Mothers’
Day, you may be the aging widow of a serviceman who never returned
from World War II or Korea. You may have felt your heart sink upon
receiving word that a beloved son was killed in action in Vietnam
or the Persian Gulf. Or you may find yourself mourning the loss of
your young husband, your son or even your daughter in the current
war on terror.
On this Mothers’
Day 2004, you, of all people, deserve a sincere apology.
Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as
a speechwriter and policy advisor for federal, state and local candidates,
elected officials and public policy organizations. His weekly columns
are published in newspapers across the country, and on selected Internet
web sites, including www.GOPUSA.com,
where he serves as the Nebraska Editor. He also writes for Talon News
Readers can e-mail him at email@example.com.