Kerry: Attack Bush/Cheney on their Military Career NOW

John Kerry’s critique of the military is raging over on Tailrank. Huge story.

Kerry made a huge mistake here. You just can’t criticize the troops. They’re laying down their lives right now even though our political process has failed them. True heroes in my mind. They love their country so much that they’re willing to fight and die even while Iraq is falling apart.

Kerry should issue a short apology (it was a stupid comment) and then go on the attack.

Cheney has gone on record to note that he had “better things to do” than to serve in the military. Bush’s military service records are still sealed (I believe) and at best he served in disgrace.

These guys are just plain hypocrites. They’re willing to send other people to their deaths but due to the fact that they’re rich don’t actually have to serve themselves.

I doubt this is the strategy Kerry will take though. He’s just not very bright.


Looks like Kerry reads my blog. He didn’t apologize but instead went on the attack:

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.

  1. Disagree completely

    Although he did not serve overseas and no doubt had some favoritism to enter the National Guard, Bush was hardly a disgrace there (pilot, honorable discharge). And his records are NOT sealed – far from it, they have been examined over and over by the media for any possible discrepency. I’m not saying everything he did in the Guard was 100% perfect, but many are not perfect yet still receive honorable discharges. Honorable does not necessarily mean 100% perfect, never has, never will.

    Cheney received legal deferments as many of both Repub and Dem parties did at the time. This was perfectly legal at the time and it’s not his fault it was. In all these years nobody has even accused him of lying or cheating to get those deferrments. Certainly he was no worse than John Edwards or Bill Clinton (who did lie to his draft board, went overseas to deliberately avoid the draft and admitted as much in writing). Yet Kerry has not criticized either of those two in that regard. To the contrary, when Clinto first ran for president in 1992, Kerry made a speech on the senate floor saying Clinton’s avoidance of the draft should be a NON-ISSUE!

    If Bush and Cheney are to be criticized for the lack of combat service as you suggest then for consistency Kerry would need to similarly criticize a LOT of his senate colleagues of both parties who did not serve any more than Bush or Cheney did (and many of them served even less than Bush). Otherwise if he leaves members of his own party free of criticism for the same thing (Clinton, Edwards, and many others) then it’s simply a partisan attack.

  2. Jeffrey McManus

    C’mon. Bush got his daddy to get him in the National Guard to avoid going to Vietnam. He didn’t complete his commitment to the guard because of political connections. No one is confused by this.

    Nice response by Kerry, I sure wish he’d had those cajones during the election.

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