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Phony Kerry Apology For Mocking Troops

From his fellow America-haters at Reuters:

Kerry says sorry for "botched joke"

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic Sen. John Kerry apologized on Wednesday for a "botched joke" that had drawn fire from President George W. Bush and dominated debate in the last days of a bitter fight for control of Congress.

Kerry said his remarks about Iraq troops to a college crowd in California were aimed at Bush, not the military, and canceled campaign appearances on behalf of Democratic candidates to avoid becoming a bigger distraction…

Kerry told the students that if they studied hard they could do well, but if they didn't "you get stuck in Iraq." His office said he neglected to add the punch line: "Just ask President Bush."

"I said it was a botched joke. Of course, I'm sorry about a botched joke," Kerry, who had refused to apologize on Tuesday, said on the "Imus in the Morning" radio show on MSNBC.

Bush and his Republicans, eager to switch the campaign debate from the war in Iraq and questions about Bush's leadership, seized on the remarks as an illustration of why Democrats should not be trusted with national security.

"He is a liberal, a leftist, and this is the typical attitude they have toward our military," House Republican Leader John Boehner said on Fox News. "It goes to show you what liberal Democrats would do if they were to take control of the House and Senate." …

"The senator's suggestion that the men and women of our military are somehow uneducated is insulting and it is shameful," Bush told a campaign rally in Georgia on Tuesday.

Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran who lost the 2004 presidential race to Bush after his military record was questioned, reacted angrily to the Republican attacks and initially refused to apologize…

Democrats were eager to move on with the campaign. Democratic Rep. Harold Ford Jr., embroiled in a tight Tennessee Senate race with Republican Bob Corker, criticized Kerry but said there were bigger issues.

"Whatever the intent, Senator Kerry was wrong to say what he said. He needs to apologize to our troops," Ford said in a statement. "However, Senator Kerry's words don't alter the fact that the stay-the-course strategy pursued by President Bush and supported by Bob Corker isn't working."

What a joke.

Who are we to believe, John Kerry or our lying eyes?

Meanwhile, in a completely unrelated story from the DNC's CNN:

After remark, Kerry curtails campaigning for Democrats

November 1, 2006

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. John Kerry canceled plans to campaign for fellow Democrats after the GOP began hammering him over his comments to college students about getting "stuck in Iraq."

President Bush's 2004 presidential rival — who explained Tuesday that his comments were a "botched joke" targeting Bush — will not appear with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bob Casey on Wednesday night in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a Democratic official said.

"I would be surprised if you see him welcomed out there anywhere," the official said, "and certainly not in a race that is meaningful."

Strategists at both the Democratic House and Senate campaign committees told their candidates the flap is a distraction they don’t need right now…

Appearing on radio host Don Imus' program, "Imus in the Morning," Kerry said Wednesday, "I'm going back to Washington. I'm going back to tackle this, you bet."

Kerry said the controversy was "swift boat stuff all over again," referring to the 2004 campaign issue about his service in Vietnam. "They shouldn't be allowed to do that," the Massachusetts lawmaker said.

He added, "I'm telling you, I'm not going to let these guys lie and smear, and they put their whole machine out to do it, and they ought to apologize."

Kerry's office said two House campaign appearances by the senator also have been canceled — by mutual decision — so as not to "allow the Republican hate machine to use Democratic candidates as their proxies in their distorted spin war in which once again they're willing to exploit brave American troops."

Apparently even the Democrats don't believe Kerry can put over his latest "nuance."

Kerry said the controversy was "swift boat stuff all over again," referring to the 2004 campaign issue about his service in Vietnam. "They shouldn't be allowed to do that," the Massachusetts lawmaker said.

By that Kerry means people should not be allowed to point out the truth — even when the words are from his own mouth.

Kerry is the "botched joke" of American politics.

And lest we forget, this is what John Kerry said about our brave fighting men in Iraq on CBS News’ Face The Nation (pdf file) last December:

FACE THE NATION

Sunday, December 4, 2005

GUEST: Senator JOHN KERRY, (D-MA)

Foreign Relations Committee

MODERATOR: BOB SCHIEFFER – CBS News

SCHIEFFER: All right. Let me shift to another point of view, and it comes from another Democrat, Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. He takes a very different view. He says basically we should stay the course because, he says, real progress is being made. He said this is a war between 27 million Iraqis who want freedom and 10,000 terrorists. He says we’re in a watershed transformation. What about that?

Sen. KERRY: Let me–I–first of all, there is so much more that unites Democrats than divides us. And Democrats have much more in common with each other than they do with George Bush’s policy right now. Now Joe Lieberman, I believe, also voted for the resolution which said the president needs to make more clear what he’s doing and set out benchmarks, and that the policy hasn’t been working. We all believe him when you say, `Stay the course.’ That’s the president’s policy, which hasn’t been changing, which is a policy of failure. I don’t agree with that. But I think what we need to do is recognize what we all agree on, which is you’ve got to begin to set benchmarks for accomplishment. You’ve got to begin to transfer authority to the Iraqis. A nd 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…

SCHIEFFER: Yeah.

Sen. KERRY: … Iraqis should be doing that. And after all of these two and a half years, with all of the talk of 210,000 people trained, there just is no excuse for not transferring more of that authority.

SCHIEFFER: Well, you’re not saying we should stop fighting these insurgents?

Sen. KERRY: Absolutely not. In fact, in my plan, I have said very specifically that we need to keep Special Forces capacity. We need to have the ability to go after hard intelligence. We need to chase down Zarqawi. But we do not need 160,000 troops running around the country as a whole, exposing themselves as they are, feeding the notion of occupation. Let me just emphasize this.

Not even a year ago Senator Kerry was calling our troops terrorists. I guess there has been some progress. Now he only says they are stupid.

And by the way, note how he claimed back then that he and Joe Lieberman were on the same page. He was for Joe Lieberman before he was against him.

We need to have the ability to go after hard intelligence.

Then why have you fought all of our intelligence efforts, Mr. Kerry, even the monitoring of terrorists?

We need to chase down Zarqawi.

We did that. We have killed Zarqawi. And there is still an insurgency in Iraq.

It looks like Mr. Kerry’s plan wasn’t enough.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, November 1st, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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