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US secretary of Defense Robert Gates may have just given the first public apology for America's post Cold War strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. According to the New York Times, Gates in an opinion piece in the News, stated:
...the US largely abandoned Afghanistan and cut off defense ties with Pakistan – a grave mistake driven by some well-intentioned but short-sighted US legislative and policy decisions.
He further added that
...the United States wishes to relinquish the grievances of the past
Considering the level of mistrust among the Pakistani public with regards to the United States, this is definitely a step in the right direction. However, pushing an already war weary nation to campaign in North Waziristan is not the way to do it.
Still, it's the closest thing to a formal apology we've got. And not to mention his rather gracious interview on CNN. Let's just take it and move on.