I especially like the comments here:
Kerry's over-the-top defense of his faux pas makes no sense, of course: whatever he may think of President Bush's policies, he clearly identified those who are "stuck in Iraq" as people who didn't "study hard...and make an effort to be smart." Further, a reader points out the vapidity of Kerry's opening sentence, "If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq ... they're crazy":
This is the same guy who came home from Vietnam and accused our troops of being war criminals, using Ghengis Khan tactics, and cutting off ears.
You bet your *** we think you'd slur the military because you've done it before.
One of the many problems with the "chickenhawk" argument is that it only takes one veteran to reveal how stupid it is. John McCain said today:
Senator Kerry owes an apology to the many thousands of Americans serving in Iraq, who answered their country's call because they are patriots and not because of any deficiencies in their education. Americans from all backgrounds, well off and less fortunate, with high school diplomas and graduate degrees, take seriously their duty to our country, and risk their lives today to defend the rest of us in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. They all deserve our respect and deepest gratitude for their service. The suggestion that only the least educated Americans would agree to serve in the military and fight in Iraq, is an insult to every soldier serving in combat, and should deeply offend any American with an ounce of appreciation for what they suffer and risk so that the rest of us can sleep more comfortably at night. Without them, we wouldn't live in a country where people securely possess all their God-given rights, including the right to express insensitive, ill-considered and uninformed remarks.
Kerry hasn't just slandered Vietnam vets. Here's what he said on "Face The Nation" about our forces in Iraq, the ones he says you'd have to "be crazy" to think he'd ever disparage: "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."