The threat to the home front is not what is important. Not the dead, the injured, the destruction and the devastation. All that is dwarfed.
Sometimes people speak their subconscious minds. Sometimes the subtext comes out suddenly as the text itself. It happens without their noticing it and the listeners don't always realize that this is what has happened. And the more official the remarks are, the less we realize that what we heard was a genuine truth, as the speaker sees it.