"But then Kerry said: "You know education – if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq."" Sydney Morning Herald
Am I sensitive about this? You bet!
A botched joke? Sure, but a botched joke in which a clever writer tried to communicate the usual Kerry ambiguity about the "grunts" and in which Kerry’s delivery betrayed his real attitude? Probably. This is the man who told his friends from the cute little boats that he wasn’t talking about them when he told the senate of the United States that the US infantry in Vietnam was the functional equivalent of Genghiz Khan’s horde.
Don Imus tried today to give him the chance to make a really forthright repudiation of his mistake. He would not take the opportunity offered, and when Imus pointed out to him that the remark, error or not, was especially damaging to the Democratic Party because of his "previous remarks," Kerry insisted on saying that he just told the truth, as he had always told the truth, "as he had when he returned from South East Asia…." This is a reference to his slander of American soldiers’ service in Vietnam. He was then the spokesman for the "Winter Soldier" crowd and then publicly made assertions about supposed atrocities in VN which he eventually admitted he had never observed personally. This is the same man who bought medals in a war surplus store so that he could take part in a "street theater" scene involving throwing away military medals while he carefully kept his own.
Democrats! Beware! This man is poison for your chances.
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