I understand your apprehension after so many years of lacklustre performance by our Democratic candidates, and I believe in Obama we have a strong and willing champion, but in this particular case, as I said, it is between Obama and the relatives of the deceased soldiers.
His apologies were immediate and sincere, directed specifically at the relatives, and made well before the Right-wing response, so I am not sure I follow your reasoning.
UPDATE: The Young Turks wish he hadn't (video, 5:00).
Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times columnist:
DURHAM, N.H. -- In his first stumble, White House hopeful Barack Obama on Monday took back words from the day before, when he said the lives of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq were "wasted."
At a rally in the gym at the university here -- not quite the stemwinder Obama delivered for University of Illinois at Chicago students on Sunday night -- Obama made a similar point about the Iraq war deaths, talking about the need to "bring that war to a close."
Those who died, he said, were "extraordinarily brave soldiers."