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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

John Kerry Made a Mistake

Some troops in Iraq provide commentary on Senator Kerry's recent remarks:
Sen. Kerry made a severe mistake:
“You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
Kerry claims it was meant to be a joke, and that he botched the joke. I am not sure what he intended the joke to be, but I will give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that he did not intend to insult the military. That being said, what actually came out of his mouth did insult many. Given the Senator's military background, I would hope that he would take care to correct his mistake, and put some effort into correcting the apparent misconception that members of the military are uneducated.

Some facts:
The U.S. Military is the most educated military in the world. 99.3% of all members of the military are high school graduates, far higher than the national average. Nearly all military officers, 98.7%, have a college degree. 49.2 percent of officers have advanced or professional degrees; 39.4 percent have master's degrees, 8.5 percent have professional degrees and 1.3 percent have doctorate degrees.


  • At 1:31 AM, Blogger Wang said…

    John Kerry should just stop opening his mouth. Botched joke or not, that was pretty stupid. I'm almost positive he botched a joke, but why is he stumping all over the place, why does he think he is relevant right now? Gah!

  • At 1:03 PM, Blogger The Gentle Cricket said…

    He claims he meant to say "blah blah blah or you'll get us stuck in Iraq," a jab at President Bush. Perhaps it was a Freudian slip.


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