Kerry’s Full Statement
Here’s the complete statement at Kerry’s web site, including the weasel words about “the Republican Party” most media are not quoting: JohnKerry.com - Press Releases.
Statement of Senator John Kerry
As a combat veteran, I want to make it clear to anyone in uniform and to their loved ones: my poorly stated joke at a rally was not about, and never intended to refer to any troop.
I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform, and I personally apologize to any service member, family member, or American who was offended.
It is clear the Republican Party would rather talk about anything but their failed security policy. I don’t want my verbal slip to be a diversion from the real issues. I will continue to fight for a change of course to provide real security for our country, and a winning strategy for our troops.
Quite a few people seem willing to accept this at face value, and believe that Kerry really didn’t mean any insult to the troops—that he misspoke. Or botched a joke. Or something.
But over here in the subterranean chamber beneath Denver Airport, my Acme BS Detector is going insane. I haven’t seen readings like this since Rathergate.
I don’t believe this for one nanosecond. Kerry was preaching to the choir, playing to a very definite anti-military sentiment that absolutely does exist among the angry left-wing nut jobs who seem to be controlling the Democrat base, and he just happened to get caught this time. His latest statement doesn’t exist in a vacuum, as many have pointed out; Kerry has a long history of saying outrageous things about US soldiers.