Does John Kerry deserve the benefit of the doubt?
By now, you’ve all heard the firestorm created over controversial comments made by Senator John Kerry (D-MA).
While campaigning on behalf of California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides on Monday, Kerry said this:
"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."
In a press conference held today, Kerry explained his comment as "a botched joke about the president and the president's people, not about the troops ... and they know that's what I was talking about."
I must admit that I found Kerry’s rebuttal quite impassionate. But can he be given the benefit of the doubt? Was it really a misunderstanding on our part?
In a December 2005 appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation”, Kerry made a baseless accusation regarding military operations in Iraq:
“…There is no reason that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the historical customs, religious customs.”
So you’ll have to forgive us for the confusion, Senator. Defaming comments about the military are not unprecedented for you.