Halp Us N Irak

Responding to Sen John Kerry’s recent remarks, ("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." – Washington Post) a few soldiers made him a sign.

As Bill Engvall would say: here’s your sign… The now famous sign put a hilarous spin on the comment from Kerry. The Senator first claimed he botched joke about Bush, but later after pressure appologized to those people were offended by misinterpreting his joke. (The smart people all knew what he meant to say). Two comments on this:

1) The troops displayed the BEST possible reaction to the badly botched joke – a good one.

2) I can actually understand how Kerry made this honest mistake. Kerry as many on the far left – really doesn’t like George Bush. (really) So much so that anything the Bush is associated with is tainted as fruit from the same tree (to steal a legal metaphore). Thus the extreme anti-Bush sentiment clouds thinking on the war, the troops in the war, everything that eventially leads back to Bush. The problem is then the same people start taking shortcuts in making their points. So the process is Bush bad -> war bad -> troops bad; "the troops are bad!" -> actually a slam on Bush. Blame the need for sound bites or laziness or efficency – the reason for the short cut doesn’t really matter. The point is, that I truely believe that John Kerry does not look down on the troops – well at least any more than anyone else ;) The somewhat frightening thing is the extent that this anti-Bush sentiment can apparently cloud thoughts on loosely related issues.