Senator John McCain, W-Az, was on The Late Show last night where he announced that he'd be running for President, and that he'd be announcing that again in April… and presumably, every month thereafter.
However, in the course of announcement, he happened to say the following:
"Americans are very frustrated, and they have every right to be… We've wasted a lot of our most precious treasure, which is American lives."
The comment seems at first to be remarkably similar to one made by Barry O'Bama a few weeks earlier and it has resulted in some Democrats further demeaning the military (they can't further demean themselves) by disingenuously demanding that McCain apologize. McCain subsequently has, thus proving conclusively that two wrongs don't make a right.
That's because there's a big difference between what McCain meant and what O'Bama meant.
See, Barry opposed the war from the start, and as such, he has a vested interest in seeing that it not succeed. That may not be conscious on his part, by the way, it just is – if we are successful in Iraq, Barry is diminished.
McCain, on the other hand, wants victory, and he realizes how important it is for us and the world, even if the world doesn't.
So when O'Bama says that our soldiers' lives have been wasted, he wants you to feel outraged, angry, disgusted, and demoralized. He wants you to realize you were a fool for ever backing this operation.
John McCain wants nothing of the sort. He's probably angry and disgusted too, but not about the mission. He's likely frustrated with the one man who has steadfastly refused to do what's necessary to win, but McCain, of course, can't talk about that considering the absurd numbers reported in a recent poll which showed that 76% of Republicans are, in fact, ostriches.
So O'Bama wanted you to know that the lives of our finest were just wasted from day-one. McCain wants you to know that they have been wasted because we haven't done what it takes to prevail. Make no mistake, lives were wasted in either case, but the numbers differ, and for McCain, it doesn't… or at least it didn't… have to end in abject failure.
It's one thing to say that every life we've lost in Iraq was a waste, and quite another to say that (some) lives have been squandered due to incompetence and indecision or worse, for… staying the course.
So McCain's candidacy is officially wasted, but he had nothing to apologize for. Someone else does, and not for saying that lives have been wasted, but for actually wasting them. However, Republicans won't demand that - they are even reticent to name.names.
Democrats will name names, there's just always in the wrong context.