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Apology? You Don't Need No Stinking Apology

From Condoleeza Rice's interview on 60 Minutes last night:

Amidst all the testimony last week about the facts surrounding 9/11, Richard Clarke took a moment to apologize to the families of those who were killed in the attacks.

ED BRADLEY:
How -- how did you feel when he made that apology?

CONDOLEEZZA RICE:
Well, I don't think that there is anyone who is not sorry for the terrible loss that -- these families endured. And indeed, who doesn't feel the deep tragedy that the country went through on September 11? I do think it's important that we keep focused on who did this to us. Because after all this was an act of war.

ED BRADLEY:
But my question is, how did his apology make you feel? Did you think he was grandstanding? Did you think it was sincere?

CONDOLEZZA RICE:
I -- I'm not going to -- to question what -- Dick Clarke was or was not feeling. I think from my point of view, the families need to know that -- everybody understands the deep loss.

ED BRADLEY:
Will the families of those people who were killed hear an apology from you? Do you think that would be appropriate?

CONDOLEZZA RICE:
The families, I think, have heard from this president that -- and from me, and from me personally in some cases in that field in Pennsylvania or at the World Trade Center, how -- deeply sorry everyone is for the loss that they endured. You couldn't be human and not feel the horror of that day. We do need to stay focused on what happened to us that day. And the best thing that we can do for the memory of the victims, the best thing that we can do for the future of this country, is to focus on those who did this to us.

Let me see if I can shorten and clarify that:

ED BRADLEY:
Are you going to apologize to the families of the victims for allowing 9/11 to happen during your tenure?

CONDOLEEZA RICE:
I'm sorry that they lost their loved ones.

ED BRADLEY:
That's not what I asked. What I asked was, are you going to apologize to the families of the victims for allowing 9/11 to happen during your tenure?

CONDOLEEZA RICE:
It wouldn't be good for the victims or for the country for me to apologize for allowing 9/11 to happen. That would be dwelling on the past. We need to focus on the future. So no, I'm not going to apologize as you suggest. Next question?

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