Merriam-Webster dictionary defines "waste" as: a. to spend or use carelessly : SQUANDER; b : to allow to be used inefficiently or become dissipated...
How better to describe the madness in Iraq? But politics on both side say any utterance of the W word is a sheer disgrace that belittles and insults the troops who are so bravely fighting in the Middle East. Whether it's Barack Obama or John McCain, to even imply that valuable lives are being wasted in a failed policy built on bad intelligence (and worse, bad faith) is to incur the wrath of political hacks and hucksters.
After McCain's sort of, but not official, announcement of the obvious last night (that he's running for President—no shit...), the DNC issued a scathing indictment because the Senator from Arizona dared to say, "We've wasted a lot of our most precious treasure, which is American lives." Now, I would bet that any rational American who's paying attention agrees that American lives (as well as Iraqis) have been wasted in this asinine war. So why the stiff rebuke? Because the Republicans pounced on Obama for basically saying the same thing.
"We ended up launching a war that should have never been authorized, and should have never been waged, and on which we've now spent $400 billion, and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted," Obama, D-Ill., said at a rally in Ames, Iowa.
Instead of standing up and behind their statements, both candidates caved and hurriedly issued apologies and retractions. Why? Because in this day when spin is more important than substance, ANY statement can be twisted and dissected to say anything. It's the sad result of a soundbite culture and the bane of American modern politics.
Too bad neither candidate, who both claim to be "different" politicians, had the balls to call bullshit when they saw it.