Thursday, November 02, 2006

What I Meant to Say Was...

John Kerry has issued a formal apology for his statements on Monday, which have largely been interpreted as derogatory toward members of the U.S. Military.

Here it is, straight from his website, (A site that I am sure most of you, as well as most Military people frequent at least once a day...)

"I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform, and I sincerely apologize to any Service Member, family member, or American who was offended."

In other words...

(Paraphrasing...) "I'm sorry that all of you are too stupid to understand what I was trying to say, and I apologize for the fact that you got offended by what you thought I said."

Is that good enough for you?

Is John Kerry forgiven?

Are you ready once again to vote for him for the Presidency of the United States?

I am not actually that upset over this gaffe. You see, I understood what he was trying to say.

I GOT the joke.

Kerry was not talking about the U.S. Military. He was not trying to say that if you are stupid, if you don't do your homework in school, if you don't get a good education, then you might end up being a stupid soldier, stuck against your will in Iraq. That's not what he meant at all...

Let me lay it out for you.

What John Kerry was trying to say on Monday Night was:

"Geroge Bush did not do his homework on the subject of Iraq. George Bush did not study hard, did not learn about the attitudes and customs of the people of Iraq, did not learn all he needed to know about Iraq before he foolishly rushed off to War against Saddam Hussein, and as a result, we are ALL stuck in the quagmire that is Iraq. Don't fall into a similar trap yourself."

The problem that Kerry encountered was that this is too broad a concept to be shortened down to one quick sentence which could hold the attention of a room full of College Students.

It absolutely won't fit onto a Bumper Sticker.

Now, do I believe that Kerry actually meant to call each and every American Serviceman currently stationed in Iraq an uneducated Boob, stuck fighting a useless and unwinnable War against their will, eight days before the Mid-Term Elections?

No. I don't.

But the fact is, he did.

Whether he meant to or not.

His ACTUAL words were:

"You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq."

There is nothing about the President in that statement. That does not read like a botched joke.

And the truth is, if Rush Limbaugh or President Bush had said those exact words, everyone would have said, "Oh, he didn't mean that the way it sounded. He doesn't feel that way about our Soldiers, he was only illustrating absurdity by being absurd."

But this was John Kerry. The man who went to Viet-Nam for about four months, and upon returning, fought tooth and nail for the OTHER SIDE.

The man who voted for the 87 Billion Dollar Military Funding Bill, before he voted against it.

The man who said in a Presidential Debate that he believed that the U.S. should pass a "Global Test" before deciding to defend Herself.

The man responsible for statements like these:

"I am convinced a volunteer army would be an army of the poor and the black and the brown," Kerry wrote. "We must not repeat the travesty of the inequities present during Vietnam. I also fear having a professional army that views the perpetuation of war crimes as simply 'doing its job." (1972)

"And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the--of--the historical customs, religious customs. Whether you like it or not
--Iraqis should be doing that." (2005)

And a host of other statements criminalizing, insulting, and demoralizing our Armed Forces.

So, in my opinion, whether Kerry meant to say what he actually said on Monday Night, he does think that.

Should we forgive him?

Well, he hasn't actually ASKED for forgiveness, has not disavowed all of the other horrible things he has said against the Military since the Viet-Nam War, and didn't actually apologize for what he said on Monday.

So, No. We shouldn't forgive him.

Kerry just wants this to all go away, so that he and the rest of the Democrats can get back to what he, and they, consider to be the most important task at hand, which is bashing Republicans, regaining Democrat Power by hook or by crook, and kicking the snot out of President Bush.

Sorry, Senator Kerry. I do not accept your "apology".

Neither should anyone else. You, Sir, are a self-important, condescending, elitist snob, unfit for higher office because you want to RULE rather than SERVE, and the sooner you are left by the wayside and forgotten, the better off America will be.

Along with your flawed and twisted ideology.

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