Last month, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) said, “We ended up launching a war that should have never been authorized, and should never been waged, and on which we have now spent $400 billion, and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted.” Obama immediately apologized for any offense his use of the word “wasted” may have caused. “I would absolutely apologize if any (military families) felt that in some ways it had diminished the enormous courage and sacrifice that they’d shown,” he said.
The quick apology did not stop conservative blogger Michelle Malkin from attacking Obama repeatedly over his comments. Malkin claimed Obama had a “patronizing, infantilizing, and insulting view of all American troops as dupes/victims who have squandered their lives.”
Last night on the Late Show with David Letterman, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) made a remark very similar to Obama’s. “Americans are very frustrated, and they have every right to be,” McCain said about Bush’s failed policies in Iraq. “We’ve wasted a lot of our most precious treasure, which is American lives, over there.”
We’ll be waiting for Malkin’s response.
I think know what you’re getting at, and that is, should we have gone in in the first place? There was massive intelligence failures and books have been written about the mismanagement of the war and I would recommend Fiasco or Cobra 2 or one of these other books. But we are where we are now. We are where we are now. And rather than review all the problems we had, if we withdraw early which every expert I know says it will descend into chaos, sectarian violence and even genocide, so that’s why when I say this may be our last chance to succeed because Americans are very frustrated, and they have every right to be. We’ve wasted a lot of our most precious treasure, which is American lives, over there.