Compare Two Quotes And Ask: Does Bush Administration Really Understand "Sacrifice" In Iraq, Afghanistan?
John McCain (R-AZ) is a Vietnam War veteran with two sons who may soon become involved fighting the "war on terror."
By comparison, consider what MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell pointed out on the Aug. 27 edition of the syndicated Chris Matthews Show:
O'DONNELL: (I)t was so fascinating about learning relatives of members of Congress who have family involved in the Iraq war. In other words, Senator McCain now has two of his boys that will be involved in fighting the war on terror, being in the military. Someone at the White House said they can't think of anybody at senior levels at the White House who has a family member involved in the war.
Compare that point with President Bush's answer to NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, during an Aug. 29 interview:
WILLIAMS: The folks who say you should have asked for some sort of sacrifice from all of us after 9/11, do they have a case looking back on it?
BUSH: Americans are sacrificing. I mean, we are. You know, we pay a lot of taxes. America sacrificed when they, you know, when the economy went into the tank. Americans sacrificed when, you know, air travel was disrupted. American taxpayers have paid a lot to help this nation recover. I think Americans have sacrificed.
Is there a disconnect? Thousands of Americans joined the military after the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy to fight the war on terror, prepared to pay the ultimate sacrifice to defeat those who attacked us -- Al Qaeda.
Over the past three years, more than 2,600 Americans have died in Iraq and more than 300 have died in Afghanistan over the past three-plus years (and keep in mind, even President Bush has acknowledged that Iraq had "nothing" to do with the Sept. 11 attacks), while more than 20,000 Americans have been injured in those wars. That's sacrifice.
And while no one is expecting the Bush twins to go fight in Iraq or Afghanistan, isn't it amazing that the first thing our President thinks of when asked about sacrifice is taxes?