But first, let's highlight the portion of the article of concern:
...Please remind me what is the great wrong, evil, or weakness in apologizing in the first place. If you think there is such a wrong in this, then I must assume you either think the United States has committed no wrongs to other nations, or if it has, there is something wrong about apologizing. I personally cannot reconcile either of these with history or basic principles of morality.
If you think the United States has not committed wrongs on the world stage, specifically in Iran, Vietnam, Chile, Central American Nations, Iraq, Japan, and Guantanamo to name a few, then I refer you to Connor Boyack’s current column detailing the United States’ mistakes in these locations in the last century. If you still do not believe the United States has committed wrongs, I await your arguments in an opinion piece or comment.
If you think the United States should not apologize for past wrongs it has committed, I ask you on what principle of morality you base your opinion. Especially if you are LDS, Christian, or belong to any other noble religious or moral tradition, please show me a doctrinal or moral principle which suggests that it is ever acceptable to forgo apology and repentance for wrongdoing.
Let's look at Nuila's first question. Yes, the United States has made mistakes throughout its history. Nobody disputes that premise. But does that mean we have to go back now and apologize for each and every mistake? This depends upon whether or not we've sufficiently mitigated the effects of those mistakes. For example, there is no need for the United States to apologize to American blacks for slavery, because slavery was abolished in 1863, and the legacy of slavery was sufficiently mitigated not only by the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, but also by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. One can even suggest that we've gone too far in the other direction with the establishment of affirmative action and racial quotas; perhaps the Federal government should outlaw affirmative action and apologize to the white community for its effects.
Now let's look at Nuila's second question. The doctrinal and moral principle I suggest makes it acceptable to forgo apology for wrongdoing (forgoing repentance is never acceptable) is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Second Article of Faith, written thusly:
"We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression".
Obviously, the first and primary purpose of this Article of Faith is to establish the doctrinal foundation for our disavowal of the traditional doctrine of original sin. Instead of presenting the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden as an unfortunate sin which unleashed misery upon the world, we present it as a carefully orchestrated event which unlocked the door of mortality for us all; without Adam's transgression, we would all still be cooling our heels up in heaven, impatiently awaiting our shot at mortality. Adam fell that men might be.
However, there is a secondary purpose to this Article of Faith. It also implies that we are not responsible for anyone's sins except our own. Of course, there are logical exceptions; parents are held somewhat responsible for the behavior of their kids, people with stewardships are held accountable for the actions of those who act in their name, and in paramilitary organizations, commanders and supervisors are held responsible for the actions of subordinates. But nowhere is it implied that nations are held responsible for sins, or that we can be held responsible for the sins of those who we never knew and with whom we had no opportunity to interact.
Consequently, although I might agree that a nation may owe an apology for a current sin, I see no reason why a nation should apologize for a historical sin, particularly if the effects of that sin have already been corrected by remuneration or any other form of mitigation. Furthermore, apologizing for historical sins might open the door for the descendants of the historical victims to claim undeserved reparations. It can create more problems than it solves.