Thursday, November 02, 2006

Vet Bashing Pattern By Kerry

Victor Davis Hanson:
One of the things I love about America is the spontaneous brilliance and humor that undermine all pretension. No better example was that wonderful banner from our brave and ingenious soldiers in Iraq, blaring: "HALP US JON CARRY-WE R STUCK HEAR N IRAK."

From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) - During a Vietnam-era run for Congress three decades ago, John Kerry said he opposed a volunteer Army because it would be dominated by the underprivileged, be less accountable and be more prone to "the perpetuation of war crimes."

From Mark Levin's Blog:

Some of my NRO colleagues seem sympathetic to John Kerry's explanation that he was attacking President Bush not the troops in Iraq with his "botched" joke.
They may think that, but they are unconvincing. The fact is that Kerry has a record of outrageous smears against our armed forces going back to 1971 when he lied before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee ; or last year when he ripped the character of our troops in Iraq on Face the Nation . His slur against these same soldiers two days ago is consistent with three decades of contempt for our soldiers. This is Kerry's pattern because these are Kerry's beliefs.

Are there other issues we should be discussing rather than Kerry's disdain for the military? Absolutely, we live in very dangerous times, but it would be helpful if grandees in both parties dealt with each other and with us in good faith. If you despise he military at least have the grapes to say so.


Anonymous said...

Your posts on this Kerry incident are a perfect example of making a mountain out of a molehill. Yet when the left was making noise over the Foley imbroglio you were sticking your fingers in your ear and repeating the words I don't care and crying over the big deal. Can't have it both ways.

zaphod said...

Dexter, I'd agree with you except that the Foley affair was about Mark Foley and he resigned. Is Kerry going to resign? Of course not.

Furthermore, the Dems tried to use Foley to smear Dennis Hastert as if Hastert would condone pedophilia! With the Kerry matter, we're talking about something that really is a problem with the left - their uncomfortable relationship with the military. There was Kennedy's remark about Abu Ghraib: "We now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management, U.S. management." There was the Dems' number two man in the Senate, Dick Durbin, who called Gitmo a death camp, comparing our treatment of prisoners there to "... Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime -- Pol Pot or others..." And now there's this.

Sure the GOP ran with this and the coverage, at least on Fox News, was pretty much wall to wall but what did you expect? It's an election season. We're at war and it really does matter who's calling the shots when our military is in harm's way.

For what it's worth, I do think Kerry botched a joke. Unfortunately for him he did it in a way that's revealing for him and some members of his party. And then he compounded the blunder by initially refusing to apologize! He just ISN'T a very bright fellow.

Anonymous said...

It is infuriating to think that Kerry could lose an election he is not a canditate for. And just for the record there does seem to be quite a bit of malice towards one of late.

El Duderino said...

Being only human and well past reconstruction, we here at WMTN reserve the right to afflict comfortable and comfort the afflicted. Doubly so for preachy, pompous pains in the ass: Lisa Simpson, John Kerry, Alcee Hastings, Muslims who threaten death for insulting "the religion of peace". As far as JFK redux goes, I feel your pain. But that's what happens when you give a tool a microphone.

Anonymous said...

As our president has demonstrated many times over...

El Duderino said...

Dexter - I challenge you to find an occasion when GWB took such a verbal dump then wallowed in it for a few days before being dragged out - against his will - by his fellow travelers. There isn't one, which is not to say GWB hasn't made mistakes, he's made more than his share, but Kerry's tone deafness, arrogance and lack of diplomacy make me shudder to think what he would have been like as president.