Obama apologizes for comment on US Iraq troops

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is apologizing for saying the lives of the more than 3,000 US 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." During an appearance Monday in Nashua, New Hampshire, he apologized again, telling reporters he meant to criticize the civilian leadership of the war, not those serving in the military.