Dateline Correspondent Josh Mankiewicz asked on the Inside Dateline Blog why Barack Obama and John McCain should apologize for honesty?
What they both said was that the lives of the more than 3,100 U.S. troops lost in the Iraq war were wasted.
Both had to quickly pull back and say that’s not really what they meant.
Well, it’s pretty clear to me that that is exactly what they meant. But saying that soldiers’ lives have been wasted is hard for some people to hear.
It turns out that political correctness knows no party or ideology. Both politicians now say they should have used the word “sacrifice.”
It’s really unbelievable. Even when you’re running for president you are not allowed to say what you really think.
Robert Freedland made a similar point here on The Democratic Daily a few days ago in his post: The Wasting of American Common Sense! Robert said:
It does not demean Americans who have died to say that their lives were wasted. It demeans them and all of us to continue a lie because we do not have the courage to face the truth.
The death of Americans in unnecessary wars is not made more meaningful by playing games of rhetoric. The mothers and fathers of soldiers who have lost their loved ones are not made whole by continuing a lie. If their lives have been lost and that loss brings us to realize our mistakes then their lives will not have been in vain.
But if we fail to realize the real waste of a generation of young and brave and patriotic Americans, then we shall have failed those very same young people. If we hide under illusions of rhetoric and the comfort of denial, we haven’t helped anyone anywhere.
As Senator Kerry himself once famously said, ‘How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?’ In other words, how do we sit by and do nothing when American lives are being wasted? When we can’t even say it?
Josh Mankiewicz notes that it’s “amazing, both of these guys like to claim that they’re a different sort of politician—that they believe in straight talk, that they’re not part of the Washington spin cycle.
Here’s what they should apologize for: that after four years, with the nation clearly hugely conflicted over the war, our leaders can’t even discuss it honestly.
Isn’t it time that politicians stopped apologizing for Bush’s failures and Bush’s mistakes and Bush’s lies? Isn’t it time the “Washington spin cycle” ran it’s course and we could have honest dialogue about what’s really happening in Iraq and why we are there. Politically correct means telling the truth, even when that truth may not be what some Americans want to hear. We’ve had enough of the lies and too many good men have been forced to apologize for another man’s mistakes.