See, he didn’t mean a single word in that non-apology of his. If he had, he wouldn’t have allowed this to go on his website:
Was Kerry making fun of the president, or warning students against the pitfalls awaiting the undereducated in general?
It doesn’t matter. Kerry was right either way.
Kerry wasn’t saying — regardless of the Republican spin — that our troops are stupid.
Kerry’s intended point was obvious. President Bush didn’t do his homework before he ordered the invasion. He didn’t study the intricacies of Mideast religion, culture, politics and tribalism. He wasn’t smart about it and we are stuck in Iraq.
Although there are plenty of well-educated people in our armed forces — Kerry was one of them — military service has long been an opportunity employer for those with less education and fewer skills than they need to work in the private sector. Indeed, the military sells itself as a place to garner skills and to help pay for higher education.
And wars, including this one, are often fought by those less privileged — albeit no less smart — than the sons and daughters of those who lead us into them.
Apologies? Sure, from the cut-and-run Democratic candidates who’ve cancelled appearances with Kerry.
Clueless doesn’t even begin to describe Senator Kerry here. I can deal with the op-ed that he reprinted, because we see that kind of nonsense all the time from the media. But for him to link that, of all things, to “prove” he was right? Gimme a break.
So, the official word from the left (still) is: the troops are a bunch of uneducated boobs who come from poor families and were suckered into joining the military because they had no other options.
I hope they go on the road with THAT message before Tuesday. That would be sweet.
More links as I find ’em, or you can just check memeorandum.
**UPDATE**: Evidently, Lurch realized he’s made another mistake and pulled that op-ed piece from the front page of his site. It’s still on the site, of course, it’s just not linked like it was on the front page for all to see. The Santorum Blog has the screenshots. Isn’t the blogosphere great? =D
Brian runs the website Iowa Voice, and is filling in for ST for a few days.