I was not going to discuss the John Kerry fiasco, not because I don't have an opinion or two or three or four, but because everyone has, and I decided to keep my blood pressure under control. However, when it went into a third day, and my blood pressure continued to rise, I began to think about it more and more. What caused me to jump in this pond was an email from a soldier in Iraq that I received this morning. An excerpt says, "The troops here are really really getting tired of the media coverage from the networks trying to throw the elections - it pisses us off because they are not reporting the truth." (Note, said soldier is currently working on his Master's Degree while in Iraq.) I received two others with a few choice words for 'Carry". Then, I received the above picture of our troops demonstrating, in the midst of a war zone, their intelligent humor over a disgusting situation. God Bless, 'Em!!!
"You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq." -John Kerry (If you haven't seen it, you can here.)
I have a 35 year history of not respecting John Kerry. It goes back to Vietnam and the Winter Soldier and New Soldier events. I watched him gain prominence for himself by demeaning the men he had served with. He said heinous things about the soldiers in his testimony to Congress, he threw his medals away in disgust, in short, he made a name for himself. But, while he was doing this, he hurt many people. A friend of mine, wounded in Vietnam, was so disheartened by what Kerry said, that he couldn't bear to be thought of the way Kerry portrayed him, was caused great pain, and eventually his death. I admit it, for 35 years I have had a difficult time being civil when his name was mentioned. His latest stunt, just confirms for me, that he has nothing but disdane for anyone who serves this country in a military capacity, but is willing to use them for personal gain.
John Kerry wrote a book, which he will no longer allow to be published, probably because of the inaccuracies and venom, called The New Soldier. It is available on the web FOR FREE at www.freekerrybook.com . It includes his testimony before Congress (beginning on Page 106). If you want to know who this man is, this is the place to find out - from his own words:
"The New Soldier does not accept the old myths. We will not quickly join those who march on Veterans' Day waving small flags, calling to memory those thousand who died for the 'greater glory of the United States.' We will not accept the rhetoric... We will not take solace from the creation of monuments or the naming of parks after a select few of the thousands of dead Americans... We will not uphold traditions which decorously memorialize that which was base and grim."
John Kerry meant to be condescending and critical. It is who he is. His written "apology" is merely a political necessity after his statement and his press conference to refuse to apologize. Who knows if he, or his staff, wrote it. Why so visible to scream "I will not apologize" and a silent posting on a web page "I apologize." I will probably never forgive him for his slander and demeaning of our troops...not then, not now.
Worst of all, I believe that he wants failure in Iraq, in all things military, and if you read his book you will understand why I believe this.