Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Effortless Stupidity

From John Kerry, reporting for duty and inadvertently saying what he really thinks of men in uniform.

Then follows it up with an explanation that reads like a James Lileks parody:

Washington – Senator John Kerry issued the following statement in response to White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, assorted right wing nut-jobs, and right wing talk show hosts desperately distorting Kerry’s comments about President Bush to divert attention from their disastrous record:

“If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the
more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq and not the president who got us stuck
there, they're crazy. This is the classic G.O.P. playbook. I’m sick and tired of
these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who
never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did.

I’m not going to be lectured by a stuffed suit
White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no
doubt today will take a break from belittling
Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease to start
lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq. It disgusts me that these
Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country lie and distort
so blatantly and carelessly about those who have.

The people who owe our troops an apology are
George W. Bush and Dick Cheney who misled America into war and have given us a
Katrina foreign policy that has betrayed our ideals, killed and maimed our
soldiers, and widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it. These
Republicans are afraid to debate veterans who live and breathe the concerns of
our troops, not the empty slogans of an Administration that sent our brave
troops to war without body armor.

Bottom line, these Republicans want to debate
straw men because they’re afraid to debate real men. And this time it won’t work
because we’re going to stay in their face with the truth and deny them even a
sliver of light for their distortions. No Democrat will be bullied by an
administration that has a cut and run policy in Afghanistan and a stand still
and lose strategy in Iraq.”

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