Thursday, March 01, 2007

McCain: U.S. Lives ‘Wasted’ in Iraq

This from Dan Riehl:

What a maverick, huh?

WASHINGTON Mar 1, 2007 (AP)— Republican presidential contender John McCain, a staunch backer of the Iraq war but critic of how President Bush has waged it, said U.S. lives had been “wasted” in the four-year-old conflict. Democrats demand the Arizona senator apologize for the comment as Sen. Barack Obama did when the Democratic White House hopeful recently made the same observation.

“Americans are very frustrated, and they have every right to be,” McCain said Wednesday on CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman.” “We’ve wasted a lot of our most precious treasure, which is American lives.”

Update: McCain apologizes but damage done. If he were on the upswing it might not matter quite as much. But given his existing issues with the Republican base and the way things have been headed for him, bad timing makes this is a tougher knock.

“Last evening, I referred to American casualties in Iraq as ‘wasted’,” McCain said in a statement Thursday.

“I should have used the word ’sacrificed’ as I have in the past. No one appreciates and honors more than I do the selfless patriotism of American servicemen and women in the Iraq War,” said McCain, a decorated Vietnam war hero.

Well, well. This is not a good way to win a primary. This really doesn’t help when he also failed to attend the CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) and every other candidate was attending. Still early, but this is not a good time for McCain.

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