What "taking responsibility" really means

In Washington, they talk the talk. In Jordan, they walk the walk.

Published November 15, 2005 7:07PM (EST)

When the federal government fumbled its response to Hurricane Katrina, George W. Bush said that he took responsibility. We weren't sure what he meant by that then, and we still aren't now. Did he dock his own pay? Put himself on a time-out? Make himself read his own poll numbers?

In Jordan this morning, government leaders showed that there's another way: In the wake of last week's hotel bombings, 11 top Jordanian officials, including the country's national security advisor, have announced their resignations.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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