Why is this considered a gaffe?

NASHUA, N.H. —Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is apologizing for saying the lives of the more than 3,000 U.S. troops killed in the Iraq war were “wasted.”

During his first campaign trip this weekend, the Illinois senator told a crowd in Iowa: “We now have spent $400 billion and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted.”

He immediately apologized on Sunday, saying the remark was “a slip of the tongue.”

If you think the war was a mistake, that it hasn’t accomplished anything good and in fact has been quite bad for both Iraq and the US, doesn’t it logically follow that the lives lost in the war have been wasted?

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