The White House accused Sen. John Kerry on Tuesday of troop-bashing, seizing on a comment the Democrat made to California students that those unable to navigate the country's education system "get stuck in Iraq."C'mon Tony, how about a little context?
"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," White House press secretary Tony Snow said. "This is an absolute insult."
The Massachusetts senator, who is considering another presidential run in 2008, had opened his speech at Pasadena City College with several one-liners, joking at one point that Bush had lived in Texas but now "lives in a state of denial."Clearly, Snow's is the only viable interpretation, right? Bastard. So what else has the White House busied itself with this week?
Then he said: "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."
Separately, the White House issued President Bush's Veterans' Day proclamation praising those who have served in the armed forces — a week and a half before the holiday.Gee, I wonder why? Servicemen's blood is all that keeps this administration afloat, isn't it? Yet when those who have shed blood speak out against war - and specifically against this war, its motivations and leaders - well, that blood just doesn't count. Picky, aren't they.
P.S. John McCain - you're dead to me now. Is it possible that you suffer the same fate as John Kerry? Did you use up all your courage in the war? You deserve respect and admiration for your service and all that you endured, but why, why oh why, do you rise to defend Bush? Why do you back down for the fight for the future? Why do you join the ignorant choruses of those who spread lies and deceive Americans?
A potential rival to Kerry in 2008 — Republican Sen. John McCain — said in a statement that 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."Oh you effing morons, is it possible that as part of a greater rant against George Bush and playing off the inadequacies of his educational background (gentleman's Cs, anyone?), that Senator Kerry, decorated veteran, implied that if you do not learn your history, your military strategy, or any of life's basic lessons, that you lead your armies into battle and get them stuck there? If we were all smarter WE - the royal, all of us in it together we - wouldn't be stuck in Iraq. I see nothing wrong with that statement.
And frankly, even if he meant it the other way, it'd be true as well. It'd have been better if he swapped smart for "cowardly" - then he'd really be on to something - but I don't recall Bush and Cheney getting their feet muddied anywhere.