In case you hadn’t heard, apparently the former presidential candidate made a few “joking” remarks to the effect that if you didn’t study hard, and work the system, you could get “stuck in Iraq.” Essentially suggesting, at least to me, that the people in Iraq were somehow not smart enough to keep themselves from getting sent over there?
Maybe Kerry might want to take a little gander at the casualty stats…and see the relatively high number of officers on the list. ALL of whom have college degrees (it’s a requirement in order to get commissioned). You’d think “LT” Kerry would know that.
Or maybe look at the stats on how many troops are taking correspondence college credit courses in addition to their full workload.
But more to the point, his view seems to be that a “smart” person would use their liberal education and connections to educate himself on ways to avoid military service — the very thing he has repeatedly accused Pres. Bush of trying to do! So which is it, Sen. Kerry? Is it the right answer to use your Ivy League education to avoid military service? Is failing to somehow avoid an overseas deployment a mark of an ill-considered and ill-prepared life plan?
Or is using your Ivy League education to be released early from your National Guard obligations in order to run for public office reprehensible, perhaps even criminal?
Update: According to Joe, I am being willfully intellectually dishonest. In all honesty, I will admit more to editorial laziness than purposeful (self)deception in taking other blog posts and news snippets at face value without investigating further. Okay then, according to a CNN article:
Kerry was supposed to say, “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.”
And what he actually ended up saying:
“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
I will admit that, based on what I’ve read, it’s likely that Kerry was really only trying to slam Bush and play up the somewhat threadbare “Bush is a goofy idiot” thing. So, he was “only” going to insult the President of the United States. Of course, that’s been done so much as to be really quite passe’ anymore. But with Kerry, you stick with what works, right?
I guess part of the humor is that in the process of impugning someone else’s intelligence, he manages to pull off a pretty good Homer Simpson himself.