Thursday, November 02, 2006

A Real Man's Apology?

Sen. John Kerry defiantly and in no uncertain terms declared Tuesday that he would "apologize to no one" for statements made about education and American troops.

"Shame on them, shame on them," Kerry said of the Bush administration, which he charged is afraid to debate "real men."

But now he's changed his tune.
Yesterday, Senator John Kerry apologized Wednesday for making a statement he calls a "botched joke." It happened in California as the senator addressed a group of college students.

I'm sorry but that just doesn't cut it. And the Democratic Party agreed.
Prominent Democrats pressured Kerry into making a "real" apology and asked him to retreat from the campaign spotlight.

And so it happened.

Democratic Senator John Kerry apologized to the US military.
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., apologized to any U.S. soldiers or family members who were offended by his comments about the educational prowess of U.S. troops in Iraq.

But Kerry wasn't quite able to keep his mouth shut after the apology and adamantly accused Republicans of twisting his words.

Twisting his words? His fellow Democrats seemed clear on what he said.

"Whatever the intent, Senator Kerry was wrong to say what he said. He needs to apologize to our troops," said Democratic Congressman Harold Ford Jr.

"It was a real dumb thing to say. He should say sorry," added Claire McCaskill a Missouri Democrat running for Senator.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., called Kerry's comments "inappropriate."

Maybe Montana Democratic Senate candidate Jon Tester said it best "Kerry's remarks were poorly worded and just plain stupid."

I guess and John Kerry's mind, "real men" never say "I'm sorry".

Hat tip to Elmer's Brother for this picture.


At 6:43 AM, Blogger Gayle said...

I just came back from Always On Watch's blog. You certainly are in tune! That picture is everywhere, and I'm so glad it is. They really made their point, didn't they? Bless their hearts!

Kerry wouldn't know what a real man is, AC, if his life depended on it. He hasn't a clue.

At 8:36 AM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

gayle, you're right he needs to grow a pair and apologize on tv instead of on his website

At 9:06 AM, Anonymous Jay said...


With Kerry's track record of trashing the military, even a TV apology is hollow and reeks of a rancid campaign.

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Farmer John said...


I never apologize!

At 11:50 AM, Blogger FreeCyprus said...

I think Kerry should just keep his mouth just...the hole he started to dig for himself keeps getting bigger and bigger.

He even couldn't resist adding the conditional -- that he was sorry to those "who were offended" as if the offended were being too sensitive.

Kerry also said: "I didn't mean it. My older brother worked for the Navy for 25 years. My late father served in World War II and worked for the Navy for 30 years. I can't apologize to him. But I apologize to everyone else."

Those words makes me even more bitter about his initial comments.

At 11:56 AM, Blogger Mikhail said...

I agree that talk of pulling out of Iraq is not helpful. True, there is no way to "win" in Iraq, but the consequences of leaving a failed state, and broad regional conflict is just too terrible to contemplate.

It is far better that the US expend 5,000 a year in casualties and a few hundred billion dollars annually for the next 20 years if it can keep the sectarian violence in Iraq at a simmer as it is now.

The simple fact is that Iraqis are incapable of governing themselves, or providing internal security (no matter how much training or help is offered), so the US needs to step up and provide security indefinitely. Americans just need to suck in their guts and realize that this is the price the country has to pay to keep the world safe.

The costs from pulling out of Iraq (e.g. leading to a regional war with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, etc) would FAR outweigh the pain of an indefinite American occupation of Iraq.

At 12:29 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

What a total tool Kerry is!

My only solace in this matter is that he's just buried himself politically, and will be forever remembered as an asshat.


At 12:35 PM, Blogger nanc said...

mikhail's a spammer - i just saw the same, exact comment at aow's.

a.c. - obsession is on fox this weekend:,2933

At 1:12 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Gosh I'm all talked out bout this Kerry shameful.

At 2:11 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

I agree Angel.
I'm getting tired of the subject also.
I do hope the voters will remember his words on election day though.

fj...always good to see you.

fc...Kerry has dug a hole incapable of climbing out. That's why he has canceled all campaign appearances. He won't be seen until after the elections.

Nice speech Mikhail even though it has nothing to do with the subject. I see that it's been rehearsed also. No matter, all opinions are requested.

At 2:55 PM, Blogger Mikhail said...

Yes, I have been posting to several blogs today. I am curious to see if there are other people who are supportive of an indefinite Iraqi occupation as well.

I just wish the US leadership would stop talking about "victory", mis-leading people into thinking the war in Iraq can somehow be "won". It is unrealistic to think Iraqis will ever be able to handle their own security, or form a stable cross-sectarian government.

But that doesn't mean the US should withdraw. By staying in Iraq the US can keep the insurgency at a dull roar, with only a few thousand US troop deaths a year or so. That is far better than pulling out and allowing a major civil war, and regional conflagration, to erupt.

The US leadership can just be honest with their citizens, and tell them that although the war can't be "won", the US needs to stay for another 10 or 15 years anyway. People can handle the truth.

At 2:57 PM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

Haa haaaaa... Mikhail left the same speech on my blog but it completely fit the subject of the post. Now I look at it here and it is hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you read his blog you will see that he follows the moonbat party line to the "T".

This is funny business...

At 3:14 PM, Blogger Mikhail said...

Ok, so then what is the "solution" to Iraq? I can only see two options:

- stay indefinitely keeping a lid on things (status quo)
- cut and run

"Victory" isn't an option (i.e. because it isn't unachievable).

If I am missing some other option, I would love to hear what it might be.

At 3:25 PM, Blogger Fight The Good Fight! said...

Hey crusader. Thanks for sharing about the lightning you seen out at sea.

Kerry is a dork! A Disgraceful, un-worthy, trash talkin', running your mouth off, politician that only is sorry he didn't get to be Pressident.

At 5:01 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Mikhail...who supports an indefinite stay in Iraq?
Not the Bush administration.
Since when does not setting a timetable mean that the US is willing to remain indefinitely in Iraq?
By setting some predetermined fixed timetable only plays into hands of our enemies.
You seem unaware of any progress that has been made including a constitution and a freely elected government.
I believe all our goals are still attainable. By leaving now, we will have wasted the lives of all those serviceman you say you care so much about.
You say it is unrealistic that the people of Iraq will ever be able to govern themselves or provide for their own security. That seems a bigoted stance in my opinion.

At 5:56 PM, Blogger Obob said...

did kerry say something awkard again?

At 7:14 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

A little sychronicity!

The photo which many have posted was the hot topic among my history students today.

Have you seen THIS? T-shirts are now available. Gotta love the computer age.

At 7:40 PM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

In contrast, I love what Kerry said about the troops because this puts another nail in the liberal coffin.

At 8:19 PM, Blogger Gunz said...

As a military vet I was both pissed off and happier than hell that he said it...

As a conservative more happier than hell...

I cannot stand the liberal left for reasons that would take me all night to type. I believe whole heartedly that voters will indeed remember this right up until elecion day, and has helped us helped us tremendously with the undecided swing, Independent, and of course the Ole mighty military absentee voters. Keep on running your mouth Kerry, I welcome it. He's full of contradiction. He complained that not enough troops were sent to Iraq and now there's way too many still there. He's an idiot of the highest order.

Thanks for dropping by way also. You have a nice place here and like the way you're furniture is arranged. I feel right at home. Later and Semper Fi.

At 4:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Real Man and Gomer Kerry should not be used in the same sentence. Has this man held a real job since he left Vietnam?

This reflects the insularity of the far left where few people know a serviceman. The people on the left move from one cocktail party to the next.

Kerry has been reading KOS way too much. He doesn't understand that his anti military venom doesn't fly with the rest of us.

At 6:07 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

From a simple posting by a talkshow radio post, this picture has become a referendum on John Kerry. Just what the Democrats didn't want days before the election. Only in the computer age AOW...and in particular the blogsphere.
Gunz..thanks for kind words. You're always welcome to drop by and test the furniture.

Beak...far too many people read KOS and not much else. Instead of doing any basic research or questioning of KOS, people accept it as gospel and blindly go through life.

At 6:13 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Shit...too many people think watching shows like Bill Maher and Real Time is the same as watching the evening news. They don't realize people like Bill are pushing an agenda.

At 3:43 PM, Blogger nanc said...

real men either apologize quickly and earnestly or they stand up for the words they speak - kerry did neither, so where does he stand in the man spectrum?

nuttier than squirrel crappe! a visual:


At 7:10 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

AC: There was a study that came out not too long ago; I can't remember the exact figures offhand, so without looking it up, the gist is that most college age people actually rely on the Daily Show by Jon Stewart as a daily news source!

How scary is that?


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