“One of the biggest mistakes we made was underestimating the size of the task and the sacrifices that would be required,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said last week about the war in Iraq. “’Stuff happens,’ ‘mission accomplished,’ ‘last throes,’ ‘a few dead-enders’ — I’m just more familiar with those statements than anyone else because it grieves me so much that we had not told the American people how tough and difficult this task would be.”
Commentators such as David Broder of the Washington Post have said the same thing, only from Day One of the war. Broder, who remembers the shared sacrifice required during World War II, could not believe that nothing was being asked of the American public other than to keep shopping. And instead of expecting the public to pay a little more to finance the war, the administration cut taxes.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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