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Accepting Responsibility

November 30th, 2008 - 8:33 am

I read in the Times of India the following brief and very encouraging story:

NEW DELHI: Home minister Shivraj Patil resigned on Sunday, saying he felt obliged to take “moral responsibility” for the brutal Islamist attacks in Mumbai, an official government source said.

Patil, who has been widely criticised in the media for failing to ensure India’s domestic security, sent his resignation letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “owning moral responsibility” for the attacks, the source in the home ministry said.

All praise to Mr. Patil, who has done the honorable thing.  Would that this practice took hold in the United States.  We could have been rid of George Tenet on the 12th of September, 2001.  Make that should have been.  And quite a number of others, not one of whom “owned moral responsibility,” and looked for less challenging work.
Of course, if you don’t have responsible officials, the commander in chief is supposed to fire them.  But he didn’t.

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