It's truly amazing that one of the most important Republican Party leaders in Congress can refer to the sacrifice made by our troops and their families as a "small price". But it illustrates just how little they consider the troops in their deliberations on the Iraq War. For Boehner's information we have now lost 3,766 of our heroes in Iraq with about 36,000 wounded.
But that's just the beginning of the price that has been made by the troops and their families. Hundreds of thousands of our troops have been separated from their families for extended periods of time. Some of them are (incredibly) now on their fourth and fifth tours of duty in Iraq. This extraordinary burden has created a massive dislocation in the lives of many hundreds of thousands of people.
All of the Republican Presidential candidates have an obligation to respond to this statement by the House Minority Leader. Do they agree or disagree that our troops have paid a "small price" in Iraq? John McCain is the only one so far who has been heard:
"He misspoke. With all due respect, every American wounded or sacrificed is the greatest possible price to pay," and we should all be grateful, "particularly those of us who sit in relative safety while those young men and women are fighting.... He ought to retract it."
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