McCain Says U.S. Lives ‘Wasted’ in Iraq
John McCain stepped on his own presidential announcment on last night’s Letterman Show, saying that American troops killed in Iraq have been “wasted.”
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 4-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.”
McCain, who is the only one of the significant candidates for the GOP nomination not at CPAC, certainly isn’t going to win any points with the conservative base with this one. And given his staunch support of the war, he’s obviously not going to draw a lot of votes from war opponents. I’m not sure what he hopes to accomplish by saying this kind of thing.