"If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq and not the president who got us stuck there, they're crazy. This is the classic G.O.P. playbook. I'm sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did.
I'm not going to be lectured by a stuffed suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq. It disgusts me that these Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country lie and distort so blatantly and carelessly about those who have.
Don't even attempt to blame the GOP for this one, Senator Kerry. You are the one who was captured on video making your offensive statements about our troops in Iraq. Be a man, sir, and accept responsibility for what you said.
However, it isn't just your comments that are so repugnant. Your statement above is also unbelievable. Not only did you first insult our brave troops in Iraq, but after you were caught on video saying such extraordinary words, you then used the US military again by hiding behind it in order to deflect the criticism that is rightfully coming down on you like a ton of bricks.
Any presidential aspirations you may have had are over, Senator Kerry. Your hateful words about our military men and women will haunt you for the rest of your political career, if not the rest of your life.
Update: John McCain also gave Kerry a piece of his mind:
Senator Kerry owes an apology to the many thousands of Americans serving in Iraq, who answered their country's call because they are patriots and not because of any deficiencies in their education. Americans from all backgrounds, well off and less fortunate, with high school diplomas and graduate degrees, take seriously their duty to our country, and risk their lives today to defend the rest of us in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.
They all deserve our respect and deepest gratitude for their service. The suggestion that only the least educated Americans would agree to serve in the military and fight in Iraq, is an insult to every soldier serving in combat, and should deeply offend any American with an ounce of appreciation for what they suffer and risk so that the rest of us can sleep more comfortably at night. Without them, we wouldn't live in a country where people securely possess all their God-given rights, including the right to express insensitive, ill-considered and uninformed remarks.
Kerry said he won't "be lectured by a stuffed suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh." Does Mr. Kerry have any choice insults to hurl at Senator McCain in reaction to his criticism?