Last fall, when Senator John Kerry was delivering a speech for Phil Angelides in Southern California, the good Senator botched a joke.Ã‚Â He left out the word “us” as in “You get US stuck in Iraq.”Ã‚Â It was a dig at George W. Bush’s intelligence but the omission of the word “us” made it sound like Kerry had just defamed the intellect of all soliders in the military.
And it raised the ire of conservatives everywhere.Ã‚Â Including State Rep. Chuck DeVore.
From the Flash Report, last Halloween, this post from Nicholas Romero:
Stuck in Iraq or foot stuck in mouth?
Speaking yesterday at a rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides at Pasadena City College, Sen. John Kerry said, “You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
“Stuck in Iraq.”
Senator Kerry owes the men and women of the military an immediate apology and Phil Angelides should immediately distance himself from Kerry wrong-headed remarks, but, given Angelides’s call to pull the Guard out of Iraq AND off of the border with Mexico, I sincerely doubt he will.Ã‚Â
The fact is that the U.S. military is better educated then the U.S. population as a whole.Ã‚Â As recently as 2004, 95 percent of all military enlisted had a high school diploma with another 5 percent having a GED whereas only 85 percent of the U.S. general population over the age of 25 have a high school diploma or a GED.Ã‚Â Less than 30 percent of the population over the age of 25 has a college degree compared to every officer in the military being required to have a 4-year degree.
I just heard Kerry on television give an angry response to calls for an apology.Ã‚Â Kerry and his elitist political allies are wrong and always have been wrong about the all-volunteer military and the highly patriotic motivations of those who serve.Ã‚Â
Yet on CNN this week, House minority leader John Boehner, the weepy Congressman, had this exchange with Wolf Blizter:
BLITZER: How much longer will U.S. taxpayers have to shell out $2 billion a week or $3 billion a week as some now are suggesting the cost is going to endure? The loss in blood, the Americans who are killed every month, how much longer do you think this commitment, this military commitment is going to require?
BOEHNER: I think General Petraeus outlined it pretty clearly. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re making success. We need to firm up those successes. We need to continue our effort here because, Wolf, long term, the investment that weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re making today will be a small price if weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re able to stop al Qaeda here, if weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re able to stabilize the Middle East, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not only going to be a small price for the near future, but think about the future for our kids and their kids.
So Chuck, so glad to know the Republican House Minority leader views the 3,700 soliders lives lost in this war is a “small price.”Ã‚Â That the nearly $3 billion a week is a “small price.”
I’m sure every military family feels that their son, daughter, husband, wife, brother, sister, mother, father is a “small price.”
But there will be no outrage from the Right, because while Boehner is wrong and made a poor choice of words, unlike Kerry, he’s a Republican.Ã‚Â And what does Gila always say?
“It’s Alright if a Republican Does it.”