Sen. John Kerry's comments are despicable. They offended and hurt me (recent military retiree, bachelor's degree in computer science and master's degree in business administration); my wife, who is still on active duty (M.D.); and thousands of enlisted and officers with advanced degrees and training in countless skills from engineering to medical science.
For him to say that, as a veteran, he would never insult the military is a joke. He already has. Remember his testimony before the Senate during the Vietnam War, where he accused the military of "killing, ravaging villages in a manner reminiscent of Genghis Khan"? He does, indeed, owe every active duty man and woman, and all veterans, a deep-felt apology.
Political pundits who try to make comparisons between Rush Limbaugh, Michael J. Fox and Sen. Kerry miss one important difference: Mr. Limbaugh and Mr. Fox are entertainers, whereas Sen. Kerry is a U.S. senator who has taken an oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. I'm sure he will do what he always does -- muddy the waters, obfuscate the facts, spin his comments, blame the president, give a half-hearted apology and rely on the press to cover his tracks.
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Commander USN (Ret.)