>A Response to John Kerry

>By now, everyone knows what Senator John Kerry said about our soldiers in Iraq. If you do not, here are his words:

You know, education, if you make the most of it, and you study hard and you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.

Well, here is the response of some soldiers in Iraq:

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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3 Responses to >A Response to John Kerry

  1. Dan Wingfoot says:

    >Like John Kerry, I am a veteran (and Christian) who served in combat under the flag of the United States, to preserve our American freedoms. Like Kerry, I don’t like hearing non-veterans, such as most of the leadership in the Republican Party and most leaders in Christian circles, criticize veterans, especially when they misquote them or quote them out of context as this blog entry does. The Christian community should be ashamed to have taken part in the “swift boating” of Kerry in 2004, and for participating in this latest “jump on Kerry” bandwagon. Kerry is a genuine American combat hero (the Navy says so, as do the men who served under his command), and he should be respected as such. That George W. Bush, who spent his Vietnam years bent over bars drunk in Alabama, is honored by Christians as a great military mind and Kerry is demeaned and ridiculed is an abomination. Shame on all who do so.


  2. >Dear Dan,Thank you for your comment. And thank you for serving in the Armed Forces of our country. Your military service is appreciated by all of us who enjoy the freedom that was bought with the bravery of people like you.I think you misunderstood the content of my post. If you read what I wrote, you will discover that I never mentioned Bush’s name. In addition, my post never criticized Kerry and his military service. I also never made any reference to the “swift boat” controversy.The criticism of Kerry came from the brave men who are fighting in Iraq. They were offended by his words and their picture reflects their displeasure with Kerry’s words. Those brave warriors are not “stuck in Iraq” because they lack education. They are there because they love their country and because they believe in what they are doing.Even Senator Clinton from New York believed that what Kerry said was a “stupid remark.” I never blog on politics, but to me Kerry’s words were a slap on the face of the people who are putting their lives on the line for their country. Our brave soldiers who fought in Vietnam were highly criticized by the people at home and they returned home with a sense of defeat. We must stop criticizing our troops in Iraq and must support their mission, notwithstanding the failure of our politicians in Washington to provide our soldiers the opportunity to win this war.Again, thank you for serving our country with distinction.Claude Mariottini


  3. Dan Wingfoot says:

    >Kerry was saying that Bush was stupid and didn’t learn the lessons of history, and thus we he is stuck in Iraq. No reasonable or intelligent person can disagree with that fact. The soldiers in the photo, no matter how dedicated, are stuck in Iraq because of Bush’s stupidity, with no plan for getting out. That’s the truth. Kerry is not responsible for any of it. Bush is the true insult to our troops. He owes the apology to them and to us.


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