From the sharp American troops who put John Kerry on the run... right off the campaign trail...
These magnificent eight American servicemen now have their very own place in history... and in our hearts. God bless them...!
What a perfect comeback to John Kerry's condescending elitism and arrogance. You gotta' love it...!
Their message has now been transmitted 'round the world, forcing Kerry from a belligerent refusal to apologize... to a tortured pseudo "apology."
Next, they should teach the Massachusetts obliquer a lesson on how to give a straightforward and sincere lie-less apology. I'm sorry what I said was misinterpreted and I apologize to anyone was offended just doesn't get it. Kerry's made it all about him and cast himself as a poor misunderstood victim... who didn't say what he actually said... and it's all George W. Bush's fault.
I'm thinkin' "Non-apology apologies don't count. Suck it up and apologize like a man...!" sounds good for a still-absent-apology follow-up sign.
Read Victor Davis Hanson's take on this "wonderful banner from our brave and ingenious soldiers in Iraq" at corner.nationalreview, to which I found a posting and link at hughhewitt. It's brief and right on point.
Nov. 2 Update:
Kerry's '72 Army Comments Mirror Latest:
"'In 1972, as he ran for the House, he was less apologetic in his comments about the merits of a volunteer army. He declared in the questionnaire that he opposed the draft but considered a volunteer army "a greater anathema."
"I am convinced a volunteer army would be an army of the poor and the black and the brown," Kerry wrote. "We must not repeat the travesty of the inequities present during Vietnam. I also fear having a professional army that views the perpetuation of war crimes as simply 'doing its job...'"
"Rove: Insulting Military Is a Kerry 'Habit': Presidential Aide Says Kerry Has a History of Insulting the Troops" abcnews
About John Kerry's so-called "apology," Karl Rove said, "I take him at his word when he insulted America's fighting forces. This is a habit that he's had over the years. He did it when he came back from Vietnam... This guy was insulting America's troops by suggesting that if you were stupid you went to Iraq...
He ought to apologize to them and he cannot bring himself to do so this. This is his sort of like his elitist attitude about this. When he came back from Vietnam, he slandered his comrades in arms, saying that in the mode of Genghis Khan they raped and pillaged their way across Vietnam. Now he's suggesting only stupid people are willing to volunteer to fight in our military and go into harm's way in Iraq...
Again, he ought to apologize. Why can he not bring himself to say 'You know what? I apologize to America's fighting men and women...' He can't bring himself to do it. In fact, what he does is he suggests that anyone who took umbrage at my remarks is bad. He's attacked people who took his remark as an attack on the military.
But wait a minute. The military took his remark as an attack on the military. He ought to simply apologize. Why can he not bring himself to say, 'I'm sorry. I made a mistake. I'm sorry I insulted you. I didn't mean to do it. Will you please accept my apology and move on?' But he can't bring himself to say it..."
"Hey, Stupid: If you’re reading this in Iraq and wearing an American uniform, John Kerry is smarter than you." By Ed Morrow - nationalreview
This is a great column that explains John Kerry's and other liberals' assumed superiority and self-appointed right to call anyone who disagrees with them "stupid." They've done it to George W. Bush... big time! And that is what John Kerry did each time he insulted our troops in Iraq and, most especially, when he did it earlier this week when this is what he said and how he said it:
“'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.'
That was what Sen. John Kerry inarticulately said to a bunch of college kids... And then Kerry gave a small, smug smile. With American troops on the battlefield, fighting and dying, he had exhibited his superior intellect by insulting their character and intelligence. If only they had applied themselves in school, instead of lazily failing to make “an effort,” they wouldn’t have to dodge bullets in Baghdad....
After the explosion of criticism that followed his comments, Kerry indignantly refused to apologize and, without a trace of humor, declared the insulting remark was a “botched joke...”
Kerry, who attained national notice as the face of an antiwar group that used stories told by fake Vietnam vets to brand real vets as war criminals, was insisting that military service made him immune from criticism from non-vets. “Despicable Republicans” and “right-wing nut jobs” were the ones at fault for his remarks being taken literally. We were supposed to know, if we have studied hard and done our homework, that he was insulting the president of the United States, stupid George W. Bush, and not America’s military. That was what that little contemptuous smile had been meant to telegraph..."
About liberals' assumed superiority, Ed Morrow also tells us "James Baldwin wryly defined a liberal as “someone who thinks he knows more about your experience than you do.” To that, we can add, “and who thinks, because of his superior knowledge, he should be making your decisions for you...”
Here is what Vice President Dick Cheney had to say about John Kerry's contemptible insult to American troops in Iraq:
"Of course, now Senator Kerry says he was just making a joke, and he botched it up... "I guess we didn't get the nuance. He was for the joke before he was against it."
You can read the rest at the respective links above.
Nov. 3 Update: "Minnesota unit created 'Halp us Jon Carry' sign" - here
"Members of a unit under the command of the Minnesota National Guard turn out to be the creators of an intentionally misspelled sign that takes a mocking shot at Sen. John Kerry...
...Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, a spokesman for the Minnesota National Guard, said the "Red Bull" logo and the number on the bumper of the truck "1-34" indicate that the soldiers in the picture are under the command of a Minnesota unit. It is impossible... to say whether any of the eight soldiers in the photo are Minnesotans, because the unit also has soldiers from five other states...
Major Jay Adams, chief of public affairs with the 13 Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and Logistics Support Area Anaconda, confirmed the soldiers holding the banner in the photo are members of the 1/34th. Adams said the sign was "created as a humorous response to remarks made during a recent political speech and demonstrates the wit and longstanding sardonic humor of the American soldier at war..."