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Is he insulting our military or himself?

John Kerry has really stepped in it big time, this time.

His rant in California yesterday included this gem:

"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."

There's been a lot of hoopla made about this. Veterans and citizens who support our troops are outraged. Many ask how Kerry, being a veteran himself, can slander the fine men and women who bravely defend our nation.

Kerry wonders how anyone could attribute his comments as negative towards the military. Hmmmm. How can anyone think he'd slander our military?

I guess he's forgotten that he once said these famous words:

"Several months ago in Detroit, we had an investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged and many very highly decorated veterans testified to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia, not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command. . . . They relived the absolute horror of what this country, in a sense, made them do.

They told the stories [that] at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned on the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country."

Hmmm. Maybe that's how people could believe that Kerry could slander our military. He's so good at it!

Now, I, for one, actually gave him the benefit of the doubt from the beginning, and I felt that he was referring to Bush negatively in his speech this week. I based this upon his recent activities, which have been stridently partisan attacks at Bush. Apparently, he's still campaigning against Bush. Sadly, he hasn't really conceded the last election after all. Too bad. The rest of us have moved on (pun intended).

That being said, I thought about Kerry's comments in this light. After all, my first thoughts were that he was taking a shot at Bush. He has repeatedly accused Bush of being stupid, in not so many words.

Now, I also remember the story that broke in 2004 when Kerry released part of his records. Specifically, his school records. He's promised to release his military records in full, but even after more than a year, (is it close to two, now?) he STILL hasn't released his military records.

So, back to his school records. When they analyzed his records alongside Bush's, they discovered that Bush had a higher GPA than Kerry.

So, if Kerry is calling Bush stupid, what does that say for Kerry? Some psychologists call this "projection" - like when Kerry accuses Bush (or other persons on the Right, who Kerry slanderously refers to as "assorted right-wing nut jobs") of questioning his patriotism. What Kerry is really saying is that Kerry himself is questioning his patriotism. When Kerry accuses Bush of hurting the "working poor", Kerry is really projecting that he, himself, wants to hurt the working poor. After all, Kerry's consistently voted for laws that hurt working people, and the poor lose the most from the Democrats failed social experiments known as Social Security and Welfare.

So, I'll give Kerry the benefit of the doubt - he was talking about Bush. He was also calling himself stupid. When he refers to Bush's "failed policy" in Iraq, he's really thinking about how his party's policy of "stop, or I'll tell you to stop again!" led to hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis and Kurds.

And unlike Kerry's remarks about Vietnam, Saddam was a real villain who oppressed his people, unlike the brave soldiers who worked so hard to stop Communism from ruining South Vietnam. And you only have to see what life is like in North Vietnam today to see what fate we prevented for the South Vietnamese. If the press hadn't turned our military victories into perceived failures that worked against public opinion, we would have had our men and women come home to heroes welcomes, not to scorn and ridicule.

And we have people like Kerry who helped to propagate those lies.

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