…Or read it it too often.
John Kerry yesterday indicated that the troops he “supports” are lazy dopes:
You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.
Kerry today leapt to his own defense, demonstrating he understands the word defense in at least that narrrow context. Perhaps he should have left bad enough alone. Reporting for duty at his web site, the Senator made the following attempt to restore civility:
Statement of John Kerry
Responding to Republican Distortions, Pathetic Tony Snow Diversions and Distractions
Washington–Senator John Kerry issued the following statement in response to White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, assorted right wing nut-jobs, and right wing talk show hosts desperately distorting Kerry’s comments about President Bush to divert attention from their disastrous record:
“If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq and not the president who got us stuck there, they’re crazy. This is the classic G.O.P. playbook. I’m sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did.
I’m not going to be lectured by a stuffed suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq. It disgusts me that these Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country lie and distort so blatantly and carelessly about those who have.
The people who owe our troops an apology are George W. Bush and Dick Cheney who misled America into war and have given us a Katrina foreign policy that has betrayed our ideals, killed and maimed our soldiers, and widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it. These Republicans are afraid to debate veterans who live and breathe the concerns of our troops, not the empty slogans of an Administration that sent our brave troops to war without body armor.
Bottom line, these Republicans want to debate straw men because they’re afraid to debate real men. And this time it won’t work because we’re going to stay in their face with the truth and deny them even a sliver of light for their distortions. No Democrat will be bullied by an administration that has a cut and run policy in Afghanistan and a stand still and lose strategy in Iraq.”
Other leading Democrats have been silent on these comments from the 2008 Presidential aspirant, and those who voted for Kerry in 2004 are no longer calling for a do-over.
If Purple Hearts were awarded for self-inflicted political wounds, Kerry would have more than he received in his brief tour in Vietnam: about which he testified to Congress that US troops were Gengis Khan. He’s toned down the rhetoric about the troops, at least. Now, they’re just stupid underacheivers who could not get any job aside from defending the United States.
John McCain is not on my favorites list, but he does a nice job of returning the issue to what Kerry said about the United States military:
Senator Kerry owes an apology to the many thousands of Americans serving in Iraq, who answered their country’s call because they are patriots and not because of any deficiencies in their education. Americans from all backgrounds, well off and less fortunate, with high school diplomas and graduate degrees, take seriously their duty to our country, and risk their lives today to defend the rest of us in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.
They all deserve our respect and deepest gratitude for their service. The suggestion that only the least educated Americans would agree to serve in the military and fight in Iraq, is an insult to every soldier serving in combat, and should deeply offend any American with an ounce of appreciation for what they suffer and risk so that the rest of us can sleep more comfortably at night. Without them, we wouldn’t live in a country where people securely possess all their God-given rights, including the right to express insensitive, ill-considered and uninformed remarks.
If he keeps that up, and recants on Campaign Finance Reform, I might even vote for him.
Update: 8:36PM KERRY APOLOGIZES! [posted by The Colossus] ;)