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The words of 2004 Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry to a group of California students.

QUOTE(John Kerry)
“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.”

Reply from the White House:
QUOTE(Tony Snow)
“Senator 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,” White House press secretary Tony Snow said. “This is an absolute insult.”

As Tony Snow stated, does John Kerry owe an apology to those who are serving and their families?

Or is their an element of truth in Kerry's statement?

Considering the “flap” over Kerry’s swift boat service and his comments that he's considering running for president again, was this a wise statement?

Considering the service record of George Bush and deferment specialist first class Cheeney, is it prudent for the White House to bring military service up as a subject this close to the election?
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As Tony Snow stated, does John Kerry owe an apology to those who are serving and their families?

I don't think Tony Snow is in any position to demand an apology, and I suppose if those who are serving and their families took offense, we should be hearing from them.

Or is their an element of truth in Kerry's statement?

There might be an element of truth to this. If you are a young person in college, earn good grades, actually learn something along the way and can find a decent job after graduation, joining the military becomes but one of several options. If this young person flunks out of college, the options narrow significantly.

Otherwise, I can infer from what I know about military recruiting that the target age range is still 18-19. This age is the usual one for a high school grad, not college. Maybe someone has statistics on the level of education in the military, but this does beg a question:

Why is not having a college education insulting to our soldiers? Seems like an elitist attitude to me laugh.gif

And, why does the military offer tuition help as an incentive to join the military?

Considering the “flap” over Kerry’s swift boat service and his comments that he's considering running for president again, was this a wise statement?

Can't answer this because it's way to early. I'm also doubtful that comparing war wound scars will be all that interesting in 2008.

Considering the service record of George Bush and deferment specialist first class Cheeney, is it prudent for the White House to bring military service up as a subject this close to the election?

At this point I don't think it makes any difference.
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We are debating this here. Carlitoswhey was even kind enough to incorporate your questions, Fife. smile.gif - Join us there!
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