November 20th, 2013
08:33 AM ET

Rice: Reports of a U.S. apology to Afghanistan are false

By Chelsea J. Carter and Elise Labott

Reports the United States is on the verge of a security agreement with Afghanistan that includes a formal letter of apology for past mistakes by American troops are completely false, the National Security adviser told CNN on Tuesday.

The statements came amid claims by Afghan officials that the Obama administration offered to write the letter as part of an effort to keep a small number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan well past the 2014 deadline to withdraw.

"No such letter has been drafted or delivered. There is not a need for the United States to apologize to Afghanistan," National Security Adviser Susan Rice said on CNN's "Situation Room."

"Quite the contrary, we have sacrificed and supported them in their democratic progress and in tackling the insurgents and al Qaeda. So that (letter of apology) is not on the table."

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  1. George patton


    November 20, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Wrong, Phunnie boy. We owe it to the Afghan people to apologize not only for illegally occupying their country but also for the obscene butchery of it's citizens by those ungodly drones and those creeps in those Apache helicopters!!! In fact, these guys need to be indicted and brought to justice for crimes against humanity!

      November 20, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  2. Darryl Miller

    Obama hammered away at Republican rival Mitt Romney on the issue last year, saying the former Massachusetts governor had no timetable for bringing Americans home from the country’s longest war.

    “We are bringing our troops home from Afghanistan. And I've set a timetable. We will have them all out of there by 2014,” Obama said in Boulder, Colo., in September 2012. “

    Keep your word Mr. President

    November 20, 2013 at 9:59 am | Reply
    • George patton

      It appears Darryl, that Obama has already reneged on his promise to pull all of our troops out of Afghanistan by 2014 as John Kerry has secured the "right" with Hamid Karzai to keep them there indefinitely! In fact, we need to apologize to the Afghan people just for occupying their country!!!

      November 20, 2013 at 11:23 am | Reply
      • Mcshannon

        We all know that it was George W Bush that invaded Afghanistan and whether he was right or wrong isn't as important as that our involvement not be in vain. We need to have hands in the field to monitor a stable transition in Afghanistan if any possibility at all exists for democracy to commence.

        November 20, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
      • George patton

        What you're talking about Mcshannon, is a U.S. backed pseudo-democracy similar to what they had in South Vietnam in the 1960's and 70's and the current one in Iraq which will be under U.S. control. This set up is similar to what the Russians had in Eastern Europe after WW2.

        November 20, 2013 at 7:34 pm |

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