The Philly Daily News cover today: Right photo, wrong spin (hat tip: Richard Davis)
So much for John Kerry’s “joke” excuse. He meant what he said and, as Rove says, it’s a lifelong habit. Someone other than Jennifer Loven at the Associated Press reports on Kerry’s disparaging remarks in 1972 about America’s volunteer army–which he deems a “greater anathema” than the draft (hat tip Daniel Freedman):
During a Vietnam-era run for Congress three decades ago, John Kerry said he opposed a volunteer Army because it would be dominated by the underprivileged, be less accountable and be more prone to “the perpetuation of war crimes.”
Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran who turned against the war, made the observations in answers to a 1972 candidate questionnaire from a Massachusetts peace group.
After Kerry caused a firestorm this week with what he termed a botched campaign joke that Republicans said insulted current soldiers, The Associated Press was alerted to the historical comments by a former law enforcement official who monitored 1970s anti-war activities…
…In 1972, as he ran for the House, he was less apologetic in his comments about the merits of a volunteer army. He declared in the questionnaire that he opposed the draft but considered a volunteer army “a greater anathema.”
“I am convinced a volunteer army would be an army of the poor and the black and the brown,” Kerry wrote. “We must not repeat the travesty of the inequities present during Vietnam. I also fear having a professional army that views the perpetuation of war crimes as simply ‘doing its job.’
“Equally as important, a volunteer army with our present constitutional crisis takes accountability away from the president and put the people further from control over military activities,” he wrote.
…Kerry filled out the candidate questionnaire at the request of Massachusetts Political Action for Peace, an anti-war group that decades later turned over its historical documents to university researchers.
Here’s the truth: As Bill Clinton wrote of himself in trying to dodge the draft, most of the left loathes the military. Liberal elitists denigrate the military because they don’t appreciate its role in protecting us and see it as the one part of government they’re always willing to slash to the bone. Think about why that last part is true. Why are liberals always ready to cut the military and boost agencies like HUD? Why? Doesn’t that say something about their attitudes, principles and priorities? I’ve seen it myself, the wince on a liberal’s face when I mention I was once in the Air Force. It’s a reflexive mistrust and hatred, a hangover from the 60s for those like Kerry, and the pabulum that the younger ones have been fed from the cradle.
Move America Forward: Non-apology not accepted
The New York Post identifies the unit who delivered the photo response to Kerry seen ’round the world (I had the unit info yesterday but removed it after concerns about ID’ing them and getting them in trouble. I’m glad to see that it seems they won’t be punished):
A group of GIs showed they are smart enough to take on condescending Sen. John Kerry – by deploying a hilariously misspelled sign mocking the failed presidential candidate’s comments about their education.
“Halp us Jon Carry – We R stuck hear n Irak,” read the sign, which was apparently the brainchild of a group of service members from the Minnesota National Guard.
The picture was first revealed yesterday on the blog Web site of Milwaukee talk radio host Charlie Sykes, who said he got it from a listener who had a buddy in the unit.
The picture soon raced around the Internet, and it got much of the nation chuckling when it went up on Drudge Report later in the day.
Staff Sgt. Erik Holtan, a member of the Minnesota National Guard, says he saw the picture and recognized the insignia as that of his fellow Minnesota guardsmen – and he immediately put it up on his own blog site.
“It’s awesome,” he told The Post. “The troops over there have to be livid because of what [Kerry] said. I don’t know why he would say that.”
Holtan, who works at Guard headquarters, said he believes the troops behind the Kerry sign are in Iraq, since all the members of the unit in the shot – the 1/34 Brigade Troops Battalion – have been deployed.
He said he can see a unit insignia on one of the vehicles in the background and those vehicles have also gone to Iraq.
Fox News Channel quoted Army officials saying that the picture looked authentic and appeared to be taken in Iraq.
“We are always amazed at the creativity of our troops,” one Army official told Fox.
Here are the web page and patches of the Minnesota National Guard’ 1/34 Brigade Troops Battalion:
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