We hear halfhearted apologies frequentlty these days. In some cases the so-called "apology" is phrased something like this :
" I regret that someone was offensed by what I said or did".
What He really meant is " I'm sorry that there is anyone so thin-skinned as actually to have taken offense at my innocuous comments or my perfectly innocent mistake."
A different way to apologize is to say " mistakes were made." A mistake is like the weather - it happens without anyone in particular causing it to be so.