It was a shameful thing to ask men to suffer and die, to persevere through god-awful afflictions and heartache, to endure the dehumanizing experiences that are unavoidable in combat, for a cause that the country wouldn’t support over time and that our leaders so wrongly believed could be achieved at a smaller cost than our enemy was prepared to make us pay. No other national endeavor requires as much unshakable resolve as war. If the nation and the government lack that resolve, it is criminal to expect men in the field to carry it alone.
This was the forward to Halberstam's The Best And The Brightest written by Republican Presidential presumptive nominee, John McCain. As a blogger, I understand McCain's proclivity to flipping and flopping to politically pander. But our Beltway Insider Village Press Corps have dubbed the Senator from Arizona with the kewl name of Maverick.
Would it be too much to ask for some stenographer (aka reporter) to ask Mcthusala about these comments? Does he truly believe it is criminal to continue a war that lacks "unshakable resolve" especially in light of The New York Times story of the Pentagon's propaganda campaign, Scott McClellan's new book and the Senate findings that the Bush administration was deceptive in its use of intelligence presented to the American people prior to the war?
Is he also "shameful" and does he "wrongly believe?"
Please, someone, ask the question.