St. John made a mistake and spoke the truth
last night on Letterman:
"Americans are very frustrated, and they have every right to be," McCain said. "We've wasted a lot of our most precious treasure, which is American lives."
There was a little uproar and he quickly apologized. But it's important to note that the uproar was nothing compared to when Obama made the same mistake.
I happen to agree with McCain. The losses of lives has been a waste. If that offends the sensibilities of some, they need to look not at the messenger or the message, but rather the perpetrators of such a wasteful adventure. It is an offensive truth, but it is a truth. And I'd be willing to bet that those who would be offended are not as likely to be real soldiers who have served in Iraq and their families, but more likely chicken-hawks and those who have supported this stupid war and have their ego all wrapped in the flag. I suspect that most of those who have served in Iraq and come home have come to the conclusion that it's a waste. In fact, I find it quite painful to watch soldiers and their loved ones who do
continue to think it's a noble and valuable mission. They are obviously pained to say it, knowing full well that they need to keep their denial in place or succumb to overwhelming grief. It's like watching someone who's lost a loved one in an accident but continues to "believe" they'll still come home.
I've got to wonder how voters would respond to someone who said what both Obama and McCain have let slip. Then, instead of falling all over themselves in apology, they respond to criticism with a basic "f*&k you"? A politician speaking what is obvious, and then delineating where the anger should
be placed is what I'd like to see, rather than the obvious pandering and propping up of the little bit of denial (running at about 30% of those polled at this point) that's left in the country.