Incredulity is not an argument, it's a big red sign screaming "I have no argument!"
You can't really believe that an apology for all of those things would do any good. All it would do is undermine any current efforts, because there would be an unpoken expectation that we might apologize for those too.
Imagine the President getting on international television and apologizing for something that happened in 1953. I guess he should also apologize for Carter letting the Shah get sacked in '79? He should apologize for the failed hostage rescue attempt as well. He should apologize for Vietnam too. Oh, and Libya. And the aspirin factory we hit when trying to get bin laden. All of it...apologize.
You say "we would appear weak"... but what does that mean?
The problem with anti-Americanism isn't so much our past actions, but it is the tyrannical governments themselves.
As someone who is not critical of US foreign policy, do you feel you are qualified to speak people who are "anti-US"?
My feeling is that somehwhere "in a place he doesn't talk about at parties" (to borrow the prhase), goverat really does believe that we are the cause of the oppression in the middle east. I simply do not accept that.
We are responsible for a lot of it, yeah.
We removed a democratically elected leader in Iran and installed the Shah and his horrible regime. We did that.
We heavily supported Saddam and the Ba'athists right up through the worst of their atrocities and only disliked them when he invaded another country.
To this day we support Saudi Arabia's brutal ruling regime.
Yes, we are a strong factor in a lot of middle east problems. Not all, but a lot.
Further, I am one of the few people on this board that will come out and be 100% honest about what I think and why I think it.