House Republican Minority Leader, John Boehner, says that all the dead soldiers and Marines, all the wounded, crippled, maimed, and broken men and women coming back home from Iraq are a "small price" to pay to achieve whatever goal the war supporters decide this week has been the goal of the war all along.
He also referred to the war as an "investment."
I like that phrase. "Small price." Stirring words. Comforting words. I wonder if Boehner puts them in the condolence letters he writes to the families of the dead from his district.
"My deepest sympathy on the loss of your son/daughter/husband/wife/father/mother/brother/sister. Thank you, though, for the small price your family paid to continue this necessary investment."
Does he use it in eulogies when he goes to their funerals?
"Friends, we're all greatly grieved by our loss today, but we can take comfort in knowing that the dearly departed is up in heaven now and proud of the small price he/she paid to be part of our investment."
Stirring words. Comforting words. I don't think the Congressman should limit their effect to his own district. I think he needs to share them with all the families of all the dead and wounded and maimed and broken troops across the country.
That's a tall order though. Maybe he should just focus his attention on the families of the dead for now. He should call each and every one. That's only a little over thirty-seven hundred phone calls. If he calls eleven or so families a day, he can be finished by the end of next summer.
Of course by that time, five or six hundred or more small prices will have been paid.