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.
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.”