Does John Kerry really think that soldiers who fight on behalf of America in Iraq are somehow less educated or less successful than the rest of us?
Sure he does.
The Associated Press reports that in 1972 Senator John Kerry wrote, "I am convinced a volunteer army would be an army of the poor and the black and the brown." He added, "I also fear having a professional army that views the perpetuation of war crimes as simply 'doing its job.'"
This man has despised America's military ever since he managed to get himself excused from further service in the Vietnam War after a mere 4 months. Don't let John Kerry's four months of service -- which may or may not have been upgraded upgraded after the fact to show an honorable discharge -- blind you to who this Democratic senator really is.
And now ABC New has suddenly decided to suggest that -- "hey, maybe John Kerry was right!"
Sorry ABC, you can't have it both ways.
First of all, as the Heritage Foundation has documented, the military draws primarily from the middle class, and all income levels are proportionally represented. Minorities are not overrepresented. Thus, John Kerry was not right. He was arrogant, condescending, and completely wrong.
Second, Kerry has already claimed -- implausibly -- that his disparaging remarks were not intended to "imply anything negative" about America's soldiers. It's way too late for ABC to try to knit this unraveled mess back into something recognizable.
John Kerry has disparaged America's troops one time too many.
Update 1: Thomas Sowell has a must-read post with Senator Kerry, Media Darling
Update 2: Mick Stockinger thinks Americans angry at John Kerry's latest expression of contempt for the armed forces and the media's attempt to cover for Kerry will express themselves at the polls.
Update 3: Scrappleface has an update: After Botched Apology Kerry Blames Republicans