Obama: Wasting His Own Breath

I have good news for everyone

offended by the description of Sen. Barack Obama as
He has quickly shed any claim to that label. Indeed,
Obama`s remarks this week about American troops killed
in Iraq were a bumbling, incoherent mess. You may now
refer to him officially as the Inarticulate Barack Obama.

(As for judging his current level of

cleanliness and brightness, you know that`s Joe
Biden`s milieu.)

At one of his opening presidential campaign events on
the Iowa State University campus this weekend, Obama
pandered energetically to the anti-war crowd. With his
smooth voice rising and thousands of fans goading him
on, he

proclaimed: "We ended up launching a war that
should have never been authorized, and should have never
been waged, and to which we have now spent $400 billion
and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young
Americans wasted."

Yes, "wasted." Squandered. Pointless. Down the
drain. Meaningless. Video footage of the speech shows
Sen. Obama delivering his scripted words carefully and
confidently. No umms or ahhs or pauses as he argued that
each and every member of the military who volunteered to
serve and died in Iraq "wasted" his/her life.

This revealing slip of Obama`s tongue and mind—or

as conservative blogger Scott Johnson at Power Line (powerlineblog.com)
calls it—did not play well among countless service
members and their families who actually support their
mission and sacrifice. Who repeatedly volunteer to go
back even after the war has taken a turn for the worse.
Who believe their work enhances their children`s and our
children`s safety. Who risk their lives purposefully and
of their own free will. Despite every best effort of the
Democrats, media and anti-war movement to infantilize or
demonize them, their voices are heard.

Listen to the father of

Marine Sgt. Joshua J. Frazier, who was

killed by a sniper in Iraq last week on his third
tour of duty: "He believed in the United States and
believed what he was doing was right. He gave his life
for what he thought was the right thing to do,"
Frazier said.

Remember the words of Marine

Cpl. Jeffrey B. Starr, who died in a 2005 firefight
in Ramadi: "Obviously if you are reading this then I
have died in Iraq . . . I don`t regret going, everybody
dies but few get to do it for something as important as
freedom. It may seem confusing why we are in Iraq, it`s
not to me. I`m here helping these people, so that they
can live the way we live. Not have to worry about
tyrants or vicious dictators. To do what they want with
their lives. To me that is why I died. Others have died
for my freedom, now this is my mark."

Several days after taking flak for his disparaging
comments dishonoring such heroism, Obama blubbered about
what he really meant.

“I was actually upset with myself when I said
that, because I never use that term,“
he told the
Des Moines Register. [Candidate
Obama packs ISU`s Hilton Coliseum
, By Abby
Simons, February 11, 2007]Well, then what dastardly
saboteur slipped it into his well-rehearsed stump
speech? What supernatural force produced the guttural
noise that glided effortlessly from his voicebox through
his lips and pronounced the term "wasted"?

"What I would say—and meant to say—is that their
service hasn`t been honored,"
Obama told The New
York Times
and other reporters in Nashua, N.H.,
"because our civilian strategy has not honored their
courage and bravery, and we have put them in a situation
in which it is hard for them to succeed."
Opening Gaffe
,  February 13, 2007]As opposed to
pulling out precipitously?

Obama offered the standard
disclaimer: " . . .
I would absolutely apologize if any of them felt that in
some ways it had diminished the enormous courage and
sacrifice that they`d shown. You know, and if you look
at all the other speeches that I`ve made, that is always
the starting point in my view of this war.“

Except on the first day of the biggest campaign of
his life, that wasn`t the starting point. The starting
point of his discussion on the troops in Iraq began with
the letter "w" and ended with "-asted."

"Even as I said it," Obama claims, "I
realized I had misspoken."

So what, one wonders, prevented him from immediately
correcting himself there on stage, as thousands cheered
the term he now says he immediately regretted?

Words fail.

Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

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