How Not to Neo-Apologize

Riot policemen stand guard in front of the Greek parliament during a protest near Athen's Syntagma square Photograph by Louisa Goukimaki/AFP/Getty Images

First, however, there was some debate among State Department officials as to whether the department should also apologize with a statement along the lines of “We always regret anything that might give resentment abroad.” This idea was rejected, opposed by none other than Jay Pierrepont Moffat, who wrote in his diary, “I personally felt quite strongly that, much as I disliked and disapproved of Mr. Dodd, he should not be apologized for.”

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