In Defense of John Kerry

I’m probably going to burn for this, but I think the criticism over John Kerry’s statement about the troops is being taken wildly out of context. Kerry’s statement went like this:

you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And if you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.
Fox News

Obviously, the statement drew droves of criticism from republicans, and Senator John McCain asked Kerry for an apology for disrespecting the troops. However, Kerry’s statement comes directly after an insult towards President Bush saying that instead of living in Texas, the President is living in a state of denial.

It is no secret that Kerry is not a fan of President Bush or his policies. In my opinion, the statement implied that if you are not smart, and do not do well, you end up like the President and start a war in Iraq. I’m not at all agreeing with Kerry’s statement, but I do see how people have taken his statement out of context.

It almost seems that when he said “you get stuck in Iraq” that he wasn’t referencing an individual. He probably mis-spoke, but to reword his statement, it might go like this: “you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And if you don’t, America gets stuck in Iraq.” If you word the statement like that, it is clearly a cut against President Bush.

What are your thoughts? Am I going to burn for defending a liberal? 🙂

Update: November 1, 2006

Kerry apologized (from Fox News):

“As a combat veteran, I want to make it clear to anyone in uniform and to their loved ones: my poorly stated joke at a rally was not about, and never intended to refer to any troop,” Kerry said in a statement published on his Web site.

Kerry said he regrets that his words “were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform, and I personally apologize to any service member, family member, or American who was offended.”

2 Comments

  1. Had I been in the audience, probably would have still interpreted it as "do well in school, or you'll get stuck in Iraq." Only say that because of the way he apologized for the comment as a joke, and not a slam on Bush or mistake in words (e.g., "you" should have been "we" or "America").
    What personally bothers me about Kerry is his lack of support for our Soldiers and their valuable nat'l/global security mission, and/or pulling the "as a Vietnam veteran hero" card. A hero in my book bears no resemblance to John Kerry. His career in politics was one misstep away from the trash. I won't miss him as much as the Republicans will; after their recent scandals he served as a good distraction. Sorry to sound so cynical… I'm frustrated politics has become so partisian and personal, while Soldiers die the brunt of jokes in a war those supporting it aren't.
    To the Soldiers out there, you have my unconditional support and I'm thankful for your sacrifices in Iraq, in America, and around the world.

  2. Good to hear from you Agent. After workplace conversations this week, it appears I'm alone in my position regarding the Kerry comment.

    One thing that I'm not alone in is that politicians tend to blow somebody's comment out of proportion and distract the nation from more important issues.

    Do the troops over in Iraq that are getting shot at care that Kerry may have said something negative about the troops? Possibly. However, I bet the Soldiers and Marines in Iraq have better things to do than bicker amongst themselves about a Senator from Massachusetts.

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