McCain says he misspoke in saying U.S. lives ‘wasted’


WASHINGTON (CNN) — Republican Sen. John McCain on Thursday became the second presidential contender to back away from saying the war in Iraq had “wasted” the lives of U.S. troops.

During a Wednesday night appearance on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman,” McCain announced that he would enter the 2008 race but said a formal announcement would come in April.

He also said the nation had paid a “grievous price” for mistakes made in the first years of the nearly four-year-old war in Iraq.

Americans “are very frustrated,” he said, “and they have every right to be. We’ve wasted a lot of our most precious treasure, which is American lives, over there.”

The truth can be painful sometimes. War is always wasteful, unless you own stock in Halliburton.