Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Enough With The Apologies Already

NASHUA, N.H. - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is apologizing again for saying the lives of U.S. troops killed in the Iraq war were "wasted."

During a campaign trip to Iowa over the weekend, the Illinois senator told a crowd: "We now have spent 400 (b) billion dollars and have seen over three-thousand lives of the bravest young Americans wasted."

He immediately apologized, saying the remark was "a slip of the tongue."

Enough already. The only two Republicans I can recall off the top of my head who apologized for things were Trent Lott on the Strom Thurmond thing, (he lost his leadership role) and Don Sherwood for choking his mistress (he lost his house seat).

What exactly does Obama have to apologize for in the first place? If the war was wrong, the lives are wasted. We don't like to hear that, and we have a reflexive need to shield the families of those lost, or maimed, or psychologically scarred that their sacrifice wasn't necessary.

Well, it wasn't. This was a bungled, mistimed war of choice that was a terrible mistake. The people who have died in this endeavor are valiant and brave, and served with distinction. That isn't the point. In no way did Obama suggest that. This war was a bad idea, and the deaths were a waste.

Why apologize for telling the truth?