John Kerry is apparently in the news again.  I think he thought everybody might have forgotten about him, so he had to make a headline.  Speaking to students at Pasadena City College, Kerry first opened with a few good natured one-liners, then followed up with these words:  “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.”

Response to these remarks has been quite heated.  According to Sen. John McCain, 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.”  This sentiment is echoed by White House press secretary Tony Snow, with these remarks:  “Senator Kerry not only owes an apology to those who are serving, but also to the families of those who’ve given their lives in this.  This is an absolute insult.”

“This is the classic GOP playbook,” Kerry fired back.  “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.”  If anybody has difficulty understanding what Kerry is saying here, allow me to offer a translation.  “It’s ok for me to say bad things about the service-folk, because I served in Vietnam.  I was a war hero.  If you didn’t serve in the military or you weren’t a war hero like me, you can’t criticize me.  Stupid Republicans.”

It is appalling to me that anybody could think that the only people in the military are educational failures, who aren’t able to “hack it” in the civilian world.  Tell every man and woman who joined the military after 9/11, that they are fighting in Iraq right now because they are idiots.  Tell them that they aren’t smart enough to get a real job.  Don’t forget to thank them for putting their lives in danger on the front lines, though.  I would hate to think you don’t appreciate the contributions of the mindless. 

Original article here.

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