Friday, December 28, 2007

clarity on Huckabee's "apology" for Bhutto's death

From the original report as well as the "update"...

ORLANDO, FLA. -- With about 150 supporters crowded around a podium set up on the tarmac of Orlando Executive airport (and about 20 Ron Paul supporters waving signs outside) Mike Huckabee strode out to the strains of “Right Now” by Van Halen and immediately addressed the Bhutto situation, expressing “our sincere concern and apologies for what has happened in Pakistan.”

[**UPDATE: The Huckabee campaign later clarified the last quote, telling CBS News: "Gov. Huckabee while speaking at a campaign event earlier this morning in Florida intended to extend his deepest sympathies to the people of Pakistan when he used the word 'apologies.' He is outraged and saddened by the attack and the loss of a world leader whose life he believes was a profile in courage."]


At December 28, 2007 at 9:59 AM , Blogger C. Hedges said...

Unfortunately, "apologizing" will be seen by some as an admission of guilt on the part of the U.S. and will lead to all sorts of conspiracy theories in the Middle East, instead of being viewed in the proper context of just being a bad choice of wording.

At December 28, 2007 at 10:07 AM , Blogger Eric Schansberg said...

Good point!

Update: I caught a little bit of Bill Bennett's radio show this morning. He's planning on having the "major" Republican presidential candidates on his show in the week leading up to Iowa. He was not going to include Huckabee because of his lack of foreign policy experience, his Foreign Affairs article, and a host of mis-steps-- all of which, to Bennett, renders Huckabee a completely unworthy candidate.

Bennett changed his mind about including Huckabee after getting a number of phone calls. Since Bennett is including Huckabee and Hunter, I certainly hope he'll include Paul as well. Even if you disagree with Paul's foreign policy views, at least their coherent, well-thought out, and can be aligned with some forms of conservatism. The same cannot be said of Huckabee's views.


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