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During Obama’s first press conference as a presidential candidate at Iowa State University, he once again criticized the war, saying it “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.”
The Chicago Sun-Times reported Obama made a mistake, and that he wanted to “… say nothing that could upset mourning families.”
I’m willing to believe Obama didn’t mean to use the word “wasted.” However, does the specific word matter if the message is the same? As you know, my husband (and co-blogger) David is in the Jag Corps. To hear a presidential candidate say the war was a mistake upsets me and definitely qualifies as something “that could upset mourning families.”
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I get it. Soldiers are brave. They’re patriotic. We like them.
But this is a patronizing political pat on the head. David joined the Army during wartime. What does it make him, if the war was a mistake that shouldn’t have been waged? Duped? But maybe I’m just being sensitive. I heard Obama’s announcement the same week David was at Fort Knox helping young Iraq-bound soliders prepare their wills, and it just struck me as wrong.


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