Let's add to the noise that passes for political discourse…
John Kerry makes a statement during a speech bashing Bush that could be construed as insulting our troops.
The republicans immediately jump on it and call for an apology on behalf of the troops.
Kerry immediately defends his comments and lets everyone know that they were directed at the boob-in-charge, who got us into this mess, as opposed to America's fighting men and women.
End of story?
Of course not…
The republicans, once again, want you to believe that John Kerry, a decorated combat veteran, is really unpatriotic, while George W. Bush and his clan of draft-dodgers are the true patriots.
Remember: John Kerry volunteered, became a Naval officer, went overseas, saw combat, earned a bronze star and 3 purple hearts. The men that served with him all agree that he displayed outstanding leadership in the face of enemy fire, landing his boat and personally pursuing the enemy ashore and engaging them at close quarters.
Also remember that GW Bush "somehow" landed a spot in the National Guard during a period when young Americans who didn't want to serve overseas clamored for the few coveted spots in a safe, state-side assignment. Colin Powell even bemoaned this practice where "so many of the sons of the powerful and well-placed . . . managed to wangle slots in reserve and National Guard units" while others – who were less well connected -- were sent into combat.
Somehow rhetoric is of more value than actions… The fact that Bush says he respects the military is more important that the reality of his policy (that put far too few troops into a situation that has obviously become untenable).
Has the media gotten so inane that such a story can last for more than a day? Of course.