Pakistan Opens Supply Routes, Mitt Romney Licks His Chops

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The U.S. and Pakistan resolved a bitter seven-month standoff when Washington apologized for killing two dozen Pakistani soldiers in errant airstrikes and, in return, Islamabad agreed to reopen crucial supply routes for American and coalition military forces in Afghanistan.

….Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton phoned Pakistan’s foreign minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, and said she was sorry for the deaths caused when U.S. combat helicopters and fighter jets mistakenly attacked two Pakistani border posts Nov. 26.

I’m not knocking Clinton for doing this. It was a sensible resolution to a damaging standoff. But I suppose it means we now need to brace ourselves for several more weeks of “apology tour” nonsense from the Fox News set. Sigh.

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