The Washington Times:
No matter whose idea it was for Mr. Kerry to retreat [from the hustings], said one delighted Republican on Capitol Hill, “He’s cutting and running from the campaign trail, after learning he was for his comments before he was against them.”
However, I’m with Mario Loyola on the fact that he shouldn’t be forgotten:
Every Democratic candidate should now be asked whether they think the troops are in Iraq because (a) they are committed to the mission and want to win or (b) because of their lack of economic and social opportunity back home. The latter is plainly Kerry’s position — and that of the Democratic left — and it has now been revealed as a position for which one has to apologize.
The incoherence and hypocrisy of the left has been revealed yet again.
Oh, and here is how Kerry views the composition and character of the military:
In 1972, as he ran for the House, he was less apologetic in his comments about the merits of a volunteer army. He declared in the questionnaire that he opposed the draft but considered a volunteer army “a greater anathema.”
“I am convinced a volunteer army would be an army of the poor and the black and the brown,” Kerry wrote. “We must not repeat the travesty of the inequities present during Vietnam. I also fear having a professional army that views the perpetuation of war crimes as simply ‘doing its job.‘
Special thanks to the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division (Headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota) for their excellent photo yesterday.