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Senator Kerry Lashes Out At White House Over His Iraq Comment October 31, 2006

Posted by notapundit in Congress, Politics, US News, White House.
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WASHINGTON (AP)–Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., Tuesday lashed back at criticism from the White House over his earlier comments concerning military service in Iraq, saying the comments were directed at the president, not soldiers.

The White House earlier Tuesday accused Kerry of troop-bashing, seizing on a comment the Democrat made to California students that those unable to navigate the country’s education system may “get stuck in Iraq.”

Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran and President Bush’s 2004 rival, fired back.

He said he had been criticizing Bush, not the “heroes serving in Iraq,” and said the president and his administration are the ones who owe U.S. troops an apology because they “misled America into war and have given us a Katrina foreign policy that has betrayed our ideals, killed and maimed our soldiers, and widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it.”

“This is the classic GOP playbook,” Kerry said in a harshly worded statement. “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.”

White House press secretary earlier Tuesday said Kerry “not only owes an apology to those who are serving, but also to the families of those who’ve given their lives in this.”

Snow was asked about the comment which Kerry made during a campaign rally Monday for California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides. The White House spokesman was clearly ready, consulting his notes to read a fuller account of Kerry’s statement and unleashing a sharp attack.

In his remarks to students, Kerry said: “You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, 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.”

Snow said the quote “fits a pattern” of negative remarks from Kerry about U.S. soldiers and suggested that whether Democratic candidates – particularly those running on their military service backgrounds – agree with their 2004 standard-bearer should be a campaign litmus test.

Unsubstantiated allegations about Kerry’s Vietnam War heroism from a group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth figured prominently in the 2004 Kerry-Bush race. Even Kerry has blamed his slow and uncertain response to the group’s claims for helping doom his White House chances.

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