Sen. John Kerry: ‘I Apologize to No One’
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006 4:08 p.m. EST
Sen. John Kerry has refused to apologize for his remarks suggesting that U.S. troops in Iraq are uneducated and not “smart,” instead charging that the White House has deliberately misconstrued his comments.
At a Tuesday afternoon press conference in Seattle, Kerry said “I apologize to no one” for what he categorized as criticism of the Bush administration’s Iraq war policy.
Kerry touched off a storm of protest when he told a college audience on Monday that “if you study hard and 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.”
The comments drew demands for an apology from Sen. John McCain, the National Commander of The American Legion, and others. White House press secretary Tony Snow called Kerry’s statement “an absolute insult.”
But at his press conference, Kerry tried to give his remarks a tortuous spin, saying in effect that what he meant was if you’re like President Bush and you don’t do your homework – listen to advice from others – before committing American troops, “you end up in Iraq.”
He also claimed that the White House understood what he was trying to say yet sought to “distort” his comments.
As NewsMax reported earlier, 99.9 percent of the enlisted forces have at least a high school education, and 73.3 percent have been to college.