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November 02, 2006

More "Context," Via Allah

Allah linked this, a screencap of an ABCNews website asking if Kerry's "joke" wasn't actually the truth. As in, "Really, come one, isn't it actually true the troops are dumb and uneducated?

Context.

I'd have an easier time believing Kerry would never have intentionally said this, or even thought this, if people on the left didn't actually, you know, intentionally say this, and unapologetically admit they think this, every goddamn day.

Again: Kerry's defense is one of "inconceivability." It is inconceivable such a thought could drift through his mind, ergo, he must not have intended to express it in a speech.

If Kerry said "We must lower taxes," yeah, I'd credit his later claim he'd mispoke and meant "end Bush's tax cuts." Because, yeah, it's inconceivable he'd argue for lowering taxes.

But this?

If it's so damn inconceivable he'd have said this, why do so many of his fellow liberals say it? Why did Kerry say similar things in the past?

The inconceivability argument would be helped were there not so many people, including Kerry, conceiving precisely that which is purported to be entirely, and in all other ways, inconceivable.

Inigo Montoya just emailed to say, "My thoughts on this are fairly well-known and requiring of little further elaboration."

The left's reaction to this is two-pronged: 1) this is such a monstrously slanderous thing to say as to make it entirely imnpossible that Kerry could have meant what he said; and 2) it is also very likely true.

Do those giving Kerry the benefit of the doubt grasp these two reactions are ever-so-slightly in contradiction?

Is it possible that Kerry harbors such contradictory thoughts himself?


More... from a Tennesean newspaper, via Blue Crab Boulevard:

The Massachusetts Democrat apologized for his statement yesterday, but he needn't have, because he said nothing to offend soldiers or veterans

...

The sad fact is, young men and women without a college degree usually earn less, as much as $23,000 a year less, according to a recent U.S. Census report. And many of those have-nots, lured into the military by enlistment bonuses, find themselves in Iraq. Then, in many cases, their tours of duty have been extended, because the U.S. military is currently overextended with troops needed on numerous fronts.

"Stuck in Iraq" says it pretty well.

I hope I'm not being overly-persnickety when I insist the left choose on a claim: either this is so patently false and monstrously slanderous that Kerry couldn't have meant to said it, or he was brave for speaking the truth.

Really? Guys? You can't keep insisting on both simultaneously.


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