NASHUA, New Hampshire (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is apologizing for saying the lives of the more than 3,000 U.S. troops killed in the Iraq war were “wasted.” During his first campaign trip this weekend, the Illinois senator told a crowd in Iowa: “We now have spent $400 billion and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted.”….He immediately apologized on Sunday, saying the remark was “a slip of the tongue.” During an appearance Monday in Nashua, New Hampshire, he apologized again, telling reporters he meant to criticize the civilian leadership of the war, not those serving in the military.
Before Right-wing hacks like Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, and Glenn Beck work themselves into paroxysms of righteous indignation, perhaps they ought to consider one simple truth: Barack Obama is right. What, exactly, has the sacrifice of more than 3,000 brave Americans accomplished? Is Iraq any safer or more secure? Is Iraq any closer to being a functional democracy? The answers to both those questions is an unqualified “no”. So when Obama says that the lives of 3,000+ Americans have been wasted, he’s absolutely spot on. Their lives were wasted by a civilian leadership who thought they could conduct this war and it’s aftermath far more effectively and efficiently than American military leaders- even with no planning or foresight. Their hubris, arrogance, and ignorance is what’s killed these brave Americans…so, yes, their lives HAVE been wasted. They’ve been sacrificed to ineptitude, inefficiency, and rank incompetence. These braves souls followed orders, thinking that they were going to make a difference, perhaps make the world a safer place. Sadly, they were merely killed, and while we’d all like to think their deaths mean something in the larger picture, the reality is that their lives HAVE been wasted. What’s truly tragic about their collective sacrifice is that those responsible will never be held accountable in any shape, manner, or form. It’s a wonder they can sleep at night…but when you have no conscience, I suppose the lives of a few thousand young Americans is just a cost of doing business.
OK, so perhaps Obama could have chosen his words with a bit more care. Even so, there is nothing wrong, mean-spirited, or disrespectful in what he said. He was right, and he’s not the one who owes this country an apology. The one who should be apologizing to the families of the fallen is The Decider © - the man sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office. He should be apologizing for the lies, the deception, and the propaganda that allowed him to get his war on.
Like THAT’S going to happen….