Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Obama's Wasted Apology 

On Sunday Barack Obama, in an appearance at Iowa State University, said that the Iraq war "should have never been authorized, and should have never been waged, and on which we've now spent $400 billion, and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted.'' (Video is available here.)

Realizing immediately that he had committed an, er, unforced error, he started spinning it in an interview immediately following the event, and said, "What I meant to say was those sacrifices have not been honored by the same attention to strategy, diplomacy and honesty on the part of civilian leadership that would give them a clear mission."

How, um, articulate that was!

Whatever he meant to say, Barack Obama's "apology" for saying that the lives of our 3000 dead heroes in Iraq were "wasted" just doesn't cut it. Here's what he said in New Hampshire, a day after making his little boo-boo:
"Well as I said, it is not at all what I intended to say, and I would absolutely apologize if any of them felt that in some ways it had diminished the enormous courage and sacrifice that they'd shown. You know, and if you look at all the other speeches that I've made, that is always the starting point in my view of this war.''
So he says he would apologize if any [military families] felt that his statement had diminished the magnitude of the sacrifice made by them and their loved ones. He didn't unequivocally say he was sorry for making the statement, he didn't unequivocally apologize for what he said.

I for one am getting sick and tired of non-apologetic apologies from politicians when they swallow their foot up to the knee. They never admit to making a mistake, and by adopting that strategy it makes them seem insincere and self-absorbed. These guys are supposed to be smart--what kind of idiots do they take us voters for?

Obama has very little public record on which to judge his fitness for the Presidency. He has given us a little glimpse of the kind of man he really is under the political facade, and the first impression isn't pretty. Reminds me of John Kerry.

Actually I don't think he sould have to apologize, he told the truth, their lives were wasted, everything they could have accomplished is gone
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So according to the anonymous post above, a man who dies fighting for what he believes in has 'wasted' his life. Sad. I suppose this means that every saint, martyr, or hero has has ever died in the service of others has 'wasted' their life as well.

I also suppose that it will do no good to remind you that the military consists solely of volunteers who believe that they serve the greater good; that these otherwise ordinary people have pledged their lives to fight and die because they believe that America and freedom are worth fighting for. Even Congress--before they voted against it--believed that the war in Iraq served the greater good.

Maybe those clowns should be held accountable for 'wasting' lives.

I agree with the ExRat: Obama should apologize. However, he doesn't need to apologize for his verbal 'slip'. Instead, he needs to apologize for being a spineless fink, and for not having the courage to stand by what he says. If politics is a form of combat (as some politicians claim), then Obama just surrendered the field with hardly a shot fired.

With any luck, anything he could have accomplished is gone...
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