This post began as an update to my earlier post on Senator Kerry’s failure to apologize for his remarks insulting the military. As I worked on it, I realized the article was too good to be included in an update to a day-old post and wanted to make sure that our readers who don’t check OpinionJournal regularly saw Ronald R. Griffin’s excellent piece on Senator Kerry’s remarks. Griffin, the father of a soldier killed in Iraq “missed” the erstwhile Democratic presidential nominee’s joke.
“Mr. Kerry,” writes Griffin, “said exactly what he meant and meant exactly what he said. In those words Mr. Kerry did in fact wash completely away the facade of his support of our magnificent troops and revealed for all to see his true colors.“
knew full well that he could not defend his remarks, so he attacked President Bush. In doing so he reinforced his now fully revealed condescending attitude towards our troops. He talked over them, as he always does, never even beginning to understand that there might be individuals who were truly and deeply offended by his remarks. The explanation for that is quite simple: He firmly and deeply believes that anyone who would be so stupid as to join the military is beneath the high moral perch on which he thinks he sits.
Even in his so-called apology the next day, Mr. Kerry could not bring himself to admit that he had made a mistake. It was not his fault that I might be offended; it is my fault because I “misinterpreted” what he said.
Griffin notes that soldiers voted against Kerry by a margin of “almost 4 to 1.” There is much to commend in this piece, but my words can do little justice to those of a man, the father of a hero, deeply insulted by the words of a Democratic leader. So, just read the whole thing!