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.John McCain:
"We've wasted a lot of our most precious treasure, which is American lives."Fred Clark:
Two leading senators, one from each party, have used the word "wasted" and yet we are not allowed to ask if their use of this term might, in any sense, be accurate. All we can manage to ask is whether or not the senators will offer an apology to anyone who might take offense at the possibility that soldiers' lives -- in this particular case, or ever, even in the abstract -- might have been sacrificed for naught, i.e., wasted.Indeed.
This is lethal foolishness.
Is it still too early to say that America wasted -- yes, wasted -- 60,000 lives in Vietnam? How about the Kaiser's Germany? Too early to say those millions were wasted?
Lives are wasted in war because war is a waste. It is failure. It is the definition of a negative-sum game: everyone is worse off then they could be otherwise. Even the winners are worse off. But, when leaders are foolish enough to start wars that they then lose, there's no excuse for mincing words. America will not have achieved its goals in Iraq. America will lose. American soldiers will have died for nothing. They will have been wasted.
The lesson to draw is that wars are bad, and you shouldn't start them. That it has to be said -- in my case, said over and over on this blog (apologies to regulars) -- is maddening.