Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Bush!
Cartoon courtesy of Freedom Eden:
WASHINGTON — Though Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry apologized Wednesday for earlier remarks in which the Democrat suggested U.S. troops are "stuck in Iraq" because of a lack of education, many Republicans aren't about to let the gaffe go.
They say Kerry's comments may have been off-script, but they more accurately reveal the Vietnam veteran's true beliefs — a disdain for the military that stems from a "blame America first" mentality.
"John Kerry, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the 'blame America first' crowd, they want to blame Iraq on the president, (Defense Secretary Donald) Rumsfeld and everyone else. Why don't we blame it on the terrorists, the people who killed 2,000 people here in New York? Let's not blame it on everybody else," said House Majority Leader John Boehner, referring to his Democratic colleagues in the House and Senate.
"Let's blame the terrorists for the problems that we have. ... They want to blame America for the terrorists coming here and attacking our country. We have no choice but to take on these terrorists to defeat them," Boehner, R-Ohio, said.
"You remember John Kerry — the senator who voted for the $87 billion before he voted against it, the guy that was always lecturing us about 'nuance.' He's the one, you'll recall, who last year said that American soldiers were terrorizing children in Iraq," Vice President Dick Cheney said at a campaign event in Montana Wednesday night.
The TrekMedic adds:
Amazingly, there are some left-leaning bloggers who actually believe the whole debacle is somehow Bush's fault!
Slackitvist actually pauses from chugging the DNC Kool-Aid to post:
It seems that if you mock the president, he will pretend that you're actually mocking the troops, even though he knows you're not.
This latest Lack of Perspective Extravaganza tells us that:
1. John Kerry can't deliver a joke and George W. Bush can't understand one.
2. Bush is thin-skinned, petulant and disingenuous.
3. Bush is more interested in attacking his critics than he is in trying to find some less-than-eternally-disastrous solution for the Fiasco he has created in Iraq.
4. People claiming to be "journalists" act more like the panel of judges on Dancing With the Stars than like actual reporters. They're more interested in "scoring" any dispute, awarding style points for spin and for particularly bold doublespeak, than they are in sorting out the actual truth of anything and who is or isn't twisting that truth beyond recognition.
5. People claiming to be "journalists" will spend more time and attention examining the political effectiveness of Bush's baldly disingenuous claims to be offended on behalf of the "troops" than they ever will examining the many legitimate reasons those troops have to be offended on account of Bush.