Can we trust John Kerry’s party to lead our mil­i­tary? T

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Michelle Malkin

he Democrats’ failed 2004 pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Sen. John Kerry, may have just sab­o­taged his party’s high­est hopes for the 2006 midterm elec­tions. Karl Rove him­self couldn’t have en­gi­neered a bet­ter cam­paign re­minder of the Democrats’ ut­ter lack of cred­i­bil­ity when it comes to sup­port­ing, re­spect­ing and lead­ing Amer­ica’s mil­i­tary.

Here is what Mr. Kerry told an au­di­ence of young peo­ple at a cam­paign event on the Pasadena City Col­lege cam­pus on Oct. 30 held for los­ing Cal­i­for­nia Demo­crat gu­ber­na­to­rial chal­lenger Phil An­gelides:

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

And this man as­pired to be our na­tion’s 21st cen­tury com­man­der in chief with that Ne­an­derthal 1960s at­ti­tude? Both a lo­cal NBC news af­fil­i­ate re­porter and a Pasadena Star-News re­porter men­tioned Mr. Kerry’s state­ment with­out fully re­al­iz­ing the con­de­scend­ing slam against our, ahem, all-vol­un­teer armed forces em- bed­ded in the re­marks. The Star-News did ob­serve that the de­ri­sive com­ment was met with “a mix­ture of laugh­ter and gasps.” But it wasn’t un­til af­ter KFI-AM Los An­ge­les ra­dio show host John Ziegler posted the au­dio on the In­ter­net (­mon/mlib/616/10/616–116226927 0.mp3) and a YouTube user posted video of the event ( v=vLuMWiQ6r2o&eurl=) that a firestorm broke out on the air­waves and across the right side of the bl­o­go­sphere.

Amer­ica has the best-trained, most pro­fes­sional, most well-ed­u­cated mil­i­tary in the world. But the moon­bats want only to hear the myths of the sol­dier-as-vic­tim or the sol­dier-as-bru­tal­izer or sol­dier-as-in­den­tured ser­vant. Never mind that for ev­ery two vol­un­teer re­cruits com­ing from the poor­est neigh­bor­hoods, there are three re­cruits com­ing from the rich­est neigh­bor­hoods, as The Her­itage Foun­da­tion re­cently re­ported. Never mind that 99.9 per­cent of the en­listed force have at least a high school ed­u­ca­tion. Never mind that 49.2 per­cent of of­fi­cers have ad­vanced or pro­fes­sional de­grees; 39.4 per­cent have mas­ter’s de­grees; 8.5 per­cent have pro­fes­sional de­grees; and 1.3 per­cent have doc­tor­ate de­grees.

Mr. Kerry’s re­sponse to the back­lash from mil­i­tary fam­i­lies around the globe? An ad­viser ad­mit­ted to the Na­tional Jour­nal that his boss’s botched warn­ing to stu­dents was “man­gled.” But a Kerry press re­lease in­stead at­tacked Rush Lim­baugh, White House spokesman Tony Snow and “as­sorted right-wing nutjobs” for the words that came out of his mouth and his mouth alone. The As­so­ci­ated Press wa­ter-car­rier for Kerry and the Dems, left-wing re­porter Jen­nifer Loven, du­ti­fully re­cy­cled the Demo­crat line that Mr. Kerry was re­ally tar­get­ing Pres­i­dent Bush, not the lazy, un­e­d­u­cated troops “stuck in Iraq.”

Non­sense. The in­tent was clear enough for at least some in the au­di­ence to “gasp,” as the lo­cal re­porter on the scene de­scribed. Mr. Kerry fi­nally bowed to pres­sure and apol­o­gized on Nov. 1.

This is no iso­lated case of Demo­crat in­com­pe­tence and in­sen­si­tiv­ity to­ward the mil­i­tary. Mr. Kerry’s party is the party of Dick Durbin, who likened Amer­i­can in­ter­roga­tors and Gitmo mil­i­tary staff to Nazis, Soviet gu­lag op­er­a­tors and geno­ci­dal ma­niac Pol Pot.

Mr. Kerry’s party is the party of Patty Murray, who praised Osama bin Laden’s char­ity work with nary a nod to our men and women in uni­form who have sailed and flown to the most farflung re­gions of the world on re­con­struc­tion and hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sions. Mr. Kerry’s party is the party that ap­proved of him tar­ring Amer­i­can troops as ter­ror­iz­ers in Iraq last year.

And Mr. Kerry’s party is the party whose na­tional party Web site couldn’t even find an Amer­i­can sol­dier to il­lus­trate a page ded­i­cated to “Vet­er­ans and Mil­i­tary Fam­i­lies” (http://michelle­ m). Un­til a mil­i­tary reader of my blog called at­ten­tion to it, the DNC site er­ro­neously fea­tured a photo of a Cana­dian sol­dier named “Ab­dul” in its at­tempt to show sup­port for Amer­i­can troops.

Can you trust a party with such en­trenched dis­dain and con­tempt for the mil­i­tary to use that power well and wisely at a time of war? Amer­ica made a choice in 2004. Two years later, the Democrats have said and done noth­ing to earn the na­tion’s en­dorse­ment now.

Michelle Malkin is a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated colum­nist and au­thor of “Un­hinged: Ex­pos­ing Lib­er­als Gone Wild.”

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