The most depressing thing about blogging is watching so-called “citizen journalists” turn in to little more than easily offended partisan hacks. Any remark that is slightly less than completely and totally scripted and can give the slightest opportunity to offend some delicate soul somewhere is used to set off a series of partisan screeches and cries of outrage that would make the Church Lady jealous. The latest scandal that has the right venting their collective spleens are the remarks by Barack Obama:
OBAMA: We ended up launching a war that should have never been authorized and should have never been waged and to which we have now spent $400 billion and has seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted.
Of course, the usual suspects are pretending this is a slam at the troops. I’m not even going to bother linking to the fools, so you can just take a wild guess who has their knickers in a twist about this gaffe.
Obama, when confronted with the comments, rephrased his remarks (link via Reason) to please the net nannies (who really don’t give a shit about Iraq, or, I have come to conclude, the soldiers in Iraq, but who are really, really exercised about the political implications of Iraq):
Obama tells the Des Moines Register he regrets using the term “wasted” and what he 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.”
Pretty much. If you think, as I do, that this administration has bungled Iraq in every way possible, and that we are now in a chaotic situation in which the options range from awful to terrible, to state that we have wasted the lives of thousands of Americans, tens of thousands of Iraqis, and billions of billions of dollars should not only not be construed as a grievous assault on the sacrifice of our troops, but it should be self-evident.
So maybe that is Obama’s real sin- he stated the obvious, and the obvious is a threat to the political ambitions of the GOP and their blogosphere hacks/supporters. We have wasted a lot of lives and lot of money, and Barack is on the hot seat for stating that publicly.
And a quick aside on Obama- I loved his wife on the 60 Minutes episode. She just seemed so normal, and, well, likable. As a former smoker, I laughed out loud when she told the American public to all her if they catch her jusband smoking.