John Kerry recently made the following remark to Bob Shieffer on the Face the Nation program on CBS.
* - "And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the--of--the historical customs, religious customs. Whether you like it or not..."
Sen. KERRY: "...Iraqis should be doing that. And after all of these two and a half years, with all of the talk of 210,000 people trained, there just is no excuse for not transferring more of that authority."
What? American soldiers terrorizing people? Going into homes in the dead of night? Where is that coming from? That's what the old Iraqi regime under Saddam did! Cheese AND Rice Senator, what war do you think we're fighting. Our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen are being blown up while handing out candy to children, while teaching English to women that were not allowed to attend school, while providing security and training so that country can MOVE ON from where it was. We're not the ones stagnating the process, Senator Kerry, but you might as well be. To portray our volunteer forces as some sort of group of "black bag" operators that exist above the law and do as they please...no offense to the heroes of the Vietnam era, but that's not what we are doing in Iraq. If it happened in Vietnam it was as wrong then as it would be now if it were happening.
And then, what about the "Iraqi's should be doing that" line? Again, WHAT? I don't even know what to say. How completely out of touch with reality can John Kerry be?
I can't "quit" being in the military. As an enlisted person, I volunteered to serve, and I am obligated to do so until my enlistment is over. Before the election of 2004 I told a good friend that if John Kerry was elected President of the United States I would serve the remaining time of my current enlistment, and then not re-enlist. This decision could have cost me a 15 year career in the military, reducing my retirement benefits to zero for that time served. I still stand by that promise, and the above shows you exactly why. To think that the people of this country even considered making John Kerry the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armed Forces.
* - From the transcript...Face the Nation (CBS News) - Sunday, December 4, 2005 4 BURRELLE'S INFORMATION SERVICES / (202)419-1859 / (800)456-2877