It's hard to read this as anything but belittling the importance of the deaths of troops because they're "professional soldiers." What McConnell is basically saying here is, "hey, they signed up for this."
Maybe someone should get clarification from McConnell on this.
You know that if a Democrat made the statement McConnell did, Republicans would be foaming at the mouth calling for apologies and censures and resignations.
Texas: Recent polling (by a Democratic pollster) found that Bush-rubber-stamp John Cornyn suffers from a 40% favorable opinion rating, a 36% job approval rating, and a 31% re-elect rating. Terrible numbers for the Box Turtle, which are actually beginning to seem like his par for the course.