"He was for the joke before he was against it." -Dick Cheney, 11-1-06
Kerry finally issued an apology for his "botched joke"...Isn't it odd that he called a press conference to say that he wouldn't apologize to anyone, then when he finally did apologize, there wasn't a microphone around. It was on his website. Kind of like being broken up with on a Post-It note huh?
I heard this morning that Saddam used to tell Iraqis not to be worried about a U.S. invasion because the American military was the dregs of society and the bottom of the barrel... Do you think other countries get "Kerry's nuances"? Do they think that statement was about Bush? ..Or, do they think that a former presidential contender believes that our troops lack both ambition and intelligence?
So much for the argument that the left doesn't buy into the "stupid troops" theory:
This from a mid-sized lefty blog:
"...Talk about speaking the stark truth to students who want more out of life. The education system in California is a mess, especially in L.A. County. Each day I pick my daughter up at school I see the recruiters leaving, smiling because they have snagged another kid who’s trapped by the system and sees no future other than enlisting. It shouldn’t be like this. A 50% drop out rate is unacceptable. What is the bottom line for these kids, a job at McDonald’s or Iraq. Kudos to Kerry for delivering a wake up call to the young voters at the rally (wingnuts are all wet on their claims)." (H/t: LGF via Night Rider)
Way worse than Kerry's misspeak is Seymour Hersh who is joining John Murtha in calling our Soldiers and Marines murderers:
"...Hersh described video footage depicting U.S. atrocities in Iraq, which he had viewed, but not yet published a story about.
He described one video in which American soldiers massacre a group of people playing soccer.
“Three U.S. armed vehicles, eight soldiers in each, are driving through a village, passing candy out to kids,” he began. “Suddenly the first vehicle explodes, and there are soldiers screaming. Sixteen soldiers come out of the other vehicles, and they do what they’re told to do, which is look for running people.”
“Never mind that the bomb was detonated by remote control,” Hersh continued. “[The soldiers] open up fire; [the] cameras show it was a soccer game.”
“About ten minutes later, [the soldiers] begin dragging bodies together, and they drop weapons there. It was reported as 20 or 30 insurgents killed that day,” he said.
If Americans knew the full extent of U.S. criminal conduct, they would receive returning Iraqi veterans as they did Vietnam veterans, Hersh said.
“In Vietnam, our soldiers came back and they were reviled as baby killers, in shame and humiliation,” he said. “It isn’t happening now, but I will tell you – there has never been an [American] army as violent and murderous as our army has been in Iraq.” (source)
Of course there has been no evidence of this so-called video...
The Boston Herald's Jules Crittenden wrote something the other day that really stuck with me...
"The Vietnamization of Iraq. If you Google that phrase, you’ll find a slew of articles dating as far back as March 2003. They talk about quagmire, guerrilla war, and the difficulty of getting Iraqi forces on line. Mainly, they are expressions of despair.
Any moderately serious student of history knows the Vietnam and Iraq wars have little in common. But they share some critical qualities. We lost Vietnam at home. We risk doing the same with Iraq..." (source)
I know the right has been asking this ad nauseum, but why do these people want America to lose...and worse than wanting it, why are they aiding it?