Obama Offers Pakistan ‘Condolences’

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Noble gesture or just not enough? President Obama phoned President Asif Ali Zardari to offer his “condolences” for the 24 Pakistani troops killed in a NATO air raid last month. Though the public in Pakistan has been fuming for the past eight days after the attack, Obama’s comments did not include a formal apology or video message. In a statement, the White House said that Obama made it clear that it was not a deliberate attack, and both sides are committed to their relationship. Last week, U.S. officials said that Pakistan's border control had authorized the attack on what was thought to be Taliban insurgents.