Thursday, September 6, 2007

McCain has said it again

Remember last winter when John McCain and Barack Obama riled some folks by suggesting that American lives have been "wasted" in Iraq?

Well, McCain said much the same thing last night during the Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire.

By way of claiming that he was presciently early in his dissatisfaction with how the Bush administration prosecuted the war in its early stages, McCain said: "Back in 2003, amid criticism from my fellow Republicans, I spoke strongly against the then Rumsfeld strategy, which I knew was doomed to failure and [would] cause so much needless sacrifice."

According to the English language I learned in school back in the 1940's and '50s, the term "needless sacrifice" is pretty much synonymous with the word "waste."

But I've yet to hear any pseudo-patriots taking McCain to task for what he said last night.

Of course, the lives lost in this stupid war have, in fact, been wasted.

POSTSCRIPT: On this blog, Dan Balz of the Washinton Post has an item about McCain's performance in last night's debate and about prospects for a rebound in the Arizona senator's bid for the presidency.

(Balz, by the way, lived just down the street from me when we were growing up in Freeport. Oddly enough, there were two other future journalists in the neighborhood. Must have been something in the water.)

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