Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Are American Soldiers 'Stuck in Iraq?'

Senator John Kerry was roundly criticized by leading Republicans after mis-speaking at his appearance in San Gabriel, California, Monday.

According to the report, he stated to the students:
'He then said: "You know, education -- if you make the most of it, you study hard and 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.'
Apparently, this wasn't the intended lines in his speech. Per a Kerry spokesman, the lines should have been:
"I can't overstress the importance of a great education. Do you know where you end up if you don't study, if you aren't smart, if you're intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq."
Tony Snow, the President's Press Secretary did not hesitate to jump all over Senator Kerry's mis-statement. He stated:
"This is an absolute insult," Snow said at a daily press briefing. "Senator Kerry not only owes an apology to those who are serving, but also to the families of those who've given their lives in this."
But was Senator Kerry wrong to say what he said?

Kerry fought back:
"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."

He further expressed disgust with "Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country."

Kerry added that President Bush and Vice President Cheney "owe our troops an apology" because they "misled America into war."

Bush and Cheney "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," the senator said.
Sometimes we can speak the truth by saying something we never intended to say at all!

As early as 2004, during the last Presidential campaign, John Kerry recognized that our soldiers were getting "stuck" in Iraq! He pointed out:
"In a speech June 3, 2004, in Independence, Mo., Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry said, "The administration's answer has been to put Band-Aids on the problem. They have effectively issued a stop-loss policy as a back-door draft."
Today, the 'stop-loss' policy continues to keep our soldiers stuck in a conflict where thousands have lost their lives. As recently reported:
"September 26, 2006

WASHINGTON -- The Army is again extending the combat tours of thousands of soldiers in Iraq beyond the expected 12 months -- the second such move since August.

Soldiers of the First Brigade, First Armored Division had been expecting to return to their home base in Germany in mid-January. Instead, they will stay an extra 46 days in Iraq, the Pentagon said yesterday. The soldiers are operating in western Anbar Province, one of the most violent parts of Iraq.

The Pentagon also said the Fourth Brigade, First Cavalry Division will deploy to Iraq 30 days earlier than scheduled, starting in late October. The announcement did not say why the speedup was deemed necessary."
So Americans soldiers are getting stuck in Iraq....longer than their scheduled tours of duty!

And what about the idea that students who don't succeed might need to turn to the military for jobs or further training? That really isn't so far-fetched as the Republicans would like to make Senator Kerry sound.

As reported in June, 2005, the military is turning more and more to those young men and women who have problems with the traditional educational system:
"WASHINGTON, June 10 - The Army is having to turn to more high school dropouts and lower-achieving applicants to fill its ranks, accepting hundreds of recruits in recent months who would have been rejected a year ago, according to Army statistics."
Further evidence that financial and educational pressures may lead to a young person's turning to the military career is reported:
""A lot of the high recruitment rates are in areas where there is not as much economic opportunity for young people," said Anita Dancs, research director for the NPP, based in Northampton, Mass.

Senior Pentagon officials say the war has had a clear impact on recruiting, with a shrinking pool of candidates forcing the military to accept less qualified enlistees -- and presumably many for whom military service is a choice of last resort. In fiscal 2005, the Army took in its least qualified group of recruits in a decade, as measured by educational level and test results. The war is also attracting youths driven by patriotism, including a growing fringe of the upper class and wealthy, but military sociologists believe that greater numbers of young people who would have joined for economic reasons are being discouraged by the prolonged combat."
So Senator Kerry, you don't have to apologize to us!

America knows that you know as a real veteran and a real decorated military hero who knows what war is really about! You know how young people who may not have other opportunities may be forced into military service due to economic pressures. You know that our patriotic soldiers have found themselves "stuck" in Iraq by the poorly planned policies, the misrepresentations, and the misexecution of a botched military plan! And you know that this Administration, through its misrepresentations that led us into this unnecessary war threatens the viability of the all-volunteer army as well!

America deserves better! You may not have stayed exactly on message in your speech but you once again spoke truth to an America that is starting to listen!

Keep on coming John! We have got your back!



Blogger Cheshirekatz said...

Yes, it is true. The GOP loves having a "volunteer" army. This way their sons and daughters can attend Ivy League schools while the peasants have to enlist because they can't find a job or afford college. I hope Kerry doesn't apologize for telling the truth. I'm going to make a contribution today but if he backs down I'm taking it back.

4:06 PM  
Blogger BobsAdvice said...

Thank you cheshirekatz.

There are many patriotic young men and women who are serving this nation in Iraq and elsewhere in our armed forces. Senator Kerry has voted to support them with body armor, veterans benefits, and understands their real needs and experiences.

However, supporting our troops is more than waving a flag and singing the National Anthem in English. It is also about not sending them to harms way unnecessarily. Sending them to a conflict where thousands have lost their lives and thousands have received permanent injuries on the premise of WMD's that were conjured up by this President and his cohorts who desired an excuse to finish the job that W's dad started.

So while Senator Kerry may have made a mistake in his speech, he has not been mistaken questioning this President and the Republican Party for their scandalous activity in Washington.

Hang in their with John Cheshire! He is right for America as much today as in 2004 and as much as he shall be in 2008!


4:29 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Lost, that's what you clowns are. Lost, carrying water for the penultimate loser.

That flushing sound you hear is J. Fraud's dreams in 2008 going down the shitter. Listen real close, because he's just make it likely that he's taking a bunch of Dhimmicrats with him in the mid terms who might otherwise have won. What a bunch of maroons!

9:50 PM  
Blogger IFK Editor said...

Yes, Dems are trembling at the thought of having a real debate on Iraq.

Yes please remind everyone what an absolute failure the President's policies in Iraq have been.

Please lets have a debate about the 100+ dead American soldiers in Iraq just this month.

Democrats are eager to have that debate, but Republicans would rather throw mud.

Please tell us what your Republican plan for Iraq victory is? Stay the Course...not any more apparently. What's your new slogan for victory? Mission Accomplished didn't quite go as planned either.

Americans know desperation when they see it...the GOP is sinking fast.

Two weeks till Americans kick them to the curb. It's time for solutions to Iraq not just empty rhetoric and lies.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

Thanks for this Ammo! (I came to the right place, didn't I?) Admitting I never, except grudgingly, supported Kerry as our nominee in 2004, I give him his props for NOT BACKING DOWN this time. I am borrowing your citations, (hoping I don't get flamed for doing so!)

7:55 AM  
Anonymous Kerry's a joke said...

John Kerry is anti-military he has been for years. He says he supports the troops then he says stupid crap like this. Didn't he vote for the war? If he's so aginst the war then he should vote to stop the funding of the war. But, that seems to be the problem with liberals they talk the talk but, they can't walk the walk. If the war is so wrong quit funding it. It's pretty simple.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again real investigative journalism is lacking. Consider the headlines these past few days-Kerry defamed the troops-how about THIS leading the headlines-our service people ARE lacking in education. They joined to increase their education and pay for college, instead, they are 'stuck" in Iraq fighting a war that never should have been. The REAL news here, that needs investigating, IS how underprivaledged our soldiers are and there is no reprieve in sight. No news organization is even CONSIDERING the reality of his statement and exploring it further. How sad!

10:36 AM  
Blogger BobsAdvice said...

I don't think Kerry meant to say that.

But there is truth in that comment that is a different observation than the superficial discussion. Many Americans of lesser means have always used the military to advance themselves. My father served in WWII and re-enlisted for 23 years of service to this nation. He did so because it would have been difficult to make it without the Army. There is nothing shameful about that.

And being stuck? Ask any G.I. who faces a stop-loss directive, who has had his tour extended beyond what it was supposed to be. There is no question that this is an issue.

Thank you for writing!

Kerry has been hit with a Republican IED but is a scrappy candidate who can shake himself off and return to face another crowd, another issue, another political event!


12:59 PM  
Anonymous Ralph said...


Our troops in Iraq are under heavy
attack. They are being attacked
by Iraqi terrorists. And, they are
being attacked by American politicians ... politicians from
both parties.

A top Democrat, John Kerry, makes
a joke implying that our troops
are not very smart.

And, a top Republican, John
Boehner, blames our generals for
our problems in Iraq, implying
that our generals are not very

Kerry apologized for his joke, and
explained that he botched a joke
aimed at George Bush.

Boehner has refused to apologize
for his accusation.

I feel sorry for our generals.
The big boss under estimated the
terrorist threat in Iraq, under
estimated the threat of sectarian
violence in Iraq, and then failed
to send them enough help. And
then they get the blame for the
inevitable problems caused by the
big boss's mistakes.

And, I feel sorry for our troops.
They are paying a heavy price for
the big boss's mistakes.

10:03 PM  
Anonymous Ralph said...


John Kerry is being bashed because
he blew a punch line.

When he made that joke, he was
trying to make the following point:
Because George Bush failed to do
his homework, we are now stuck in
Iraq. He was not trying to insult
the intelligence of our troops.

Instead of bashing Kerry for a
botched joke, perhaps we should be asking the question: Did George
Bush do his homework?

Bush under estimated the terrorist
threat in Iraq, despite the fact
that he went there to fight terrorism. He under estimated the
threat of sectarian violence,
despite the fact that Iraq is
composed of three ethnic groups
who dislike each other. And he
under estimated the number of
troops needed in Iraq, ignoring
the advice of a number of his
top military people. As a result,
there was no adequate plan to win
the peace in Iraq, and no adequate
means to secure that peace.

Apparently, George Bush failed to
do his homework.

Perhaps, George Bush should
apologize to our troops for that

They are paying a heavy price
because of it.

And so is our nation.

This issue boils down to the
following: "botched joke by John
Kerry" versus "botched policy in
Iraq by George Bush".

And one last thought. If George
Bush failed to do his homework on
Iraq, did he fail to do his
homework on how to combat the
terrorist threat?

10:09 PM  

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