During the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, after the failure of Pickett's Charge, as the defeated Confederate soldiers retreated across the battlefield, Robert E. Lee rode out among his men and apologized for the debacle, taking full responsibility for the failure of his flawed plan that had led to their defeat.
That is character.
If Donald Rumsfeld had gone to Iraq recently and apologized to our troops for his incompetence and the flawed battle plan that has created this quagmire and the death of 3,000 American soldiers, he might still deserve some respect. Instead, he went on a public relations mission to try and exploit these brave young men and women and salvage his legacy.
No character here.