November 2, 2006
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The Troops Have a Little Fun With John Kerry?

1st Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division...Minnesota National Guard
         1st Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division...Minnesota National Guard


This photo is so funny. Now, how would you interpret it: making fun of Kerry, castigating him, truly wanting help(I don't think so) or just making a joke. Don't we make life so complicated?
   FIGHTING JOHN
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass, speaks in support of California gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides at a rally held at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, Calif., Monday, Oct. 30, 2006. ( AP Photo/Ann Johansson)
(AP Photo/Ann Johansson)
What has happened to John Kerry? Let's just call him Fighting John. He is definitely a reinvented, Raging Bull.

In the old days, Kerry acted presidential and kind of looked dismayed when the hypocritical swiftboat vets lied about his heroism, despite all the evidence to the contrary.

Here's what I think: John can't get the swiftboat vets questioning his patriotism out of his crawl. Well, get over it, John; politics in the form of present day desperation is after you. The Prez says that you owe the troops an apology. What he is really saying is you can't question what I'm doing. And, the mantra that he wants to use is "support the troops."

Coming from some of the political quarters, support the troops is pretty hollow if you ask me. One of the architects of the war in Iraq, the VP, had other priorities during Vietnam and didn't serve, not unlike many of his cohorts. It has always been ironic to me that those who served in the military often get castigated for their patriotism by those who didn't serve.

The epitome of physical loss, was that of the former senator from Georgia, Max Cleland, who was severely wounded in Vietnam(lost both legs and right forearm). Yet, in the final analysis, he lost his senate seat to a guy who had never served and questioned his patriotism (ads which featured Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein). The MF!

Well, John is not going to take it anymore. Here's what he said before a college audience Monday that gave the Prez ammunition, "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" And, John is telling the truth. Who do you think is fighting the war in Iraq? It is not the sons and daughters of doctors and lawyers or investment bankers, or anybody who has any real prospects, especially for college.

I don't want to put words in John's mouth, but what he appears to be saying is that you are here (in college) because you have prospects, make the most of it. And, those who are not as fortunate as you decided on the military and are in Iraq. And, I might add for John, "they are off fighting the war for you."

Wednesday, John Kerry, bowed to pressure from both Republicans and Democrats and issued an apology "I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform and I personally apologize to any service member, family member or American who was offended."

Kerry has decided to disappear for a while so he will not be a distraction to the political campaigns to the Democrats delight. I am sure the Republicans are dismayed because they wanted to use this as a political issue.

Will the Republicans let this issue go? I doubt it. I heard they are working on radio and TV commericals already using Kerry's comments. KT




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