Do you really believe that John Kerry, a war veteran, thinks American troops are dumb or would say so publicly during a war in the midst of an election cycle? When I first heard about his remarks, I knew instinctively that he couldn’t have meant that.”Yes, La Shawn, I believe it because of the man's history, both past and recent--objective and empirically recognized.
• His 1972 treasonous actions in Paris and his slander of the military before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence of the time
• The 2004 election cycle with his chronic tone-deafness to vets and bass-ackwards courting of them, and, most egregiously,
• Accusing the 2006 US Military of the same type of rampant lawlessness in Iraq--as opposed to isolated cases of perfidy--which he says was widescale in Vietnam.
Even his "apology" for the remarks demonstrated the second trait--it didn't come immediately, it wasn't in the same medium as was the defiant "attack" on GWB, it only came after he consulted a weather man to see which way the wind was blowing and it wasn't a real apology. "I'm sorry that you misinterpreted my words" is not an apology and it's no suprise that few military members/veterans are buying it.
That Kerry thought that we would buy the non-apology validates the idea that he was speaking his true mind in the first place. No joke.
(Thanks to Pierre Legrand)