If anyone owes our troops in the fields an apology, it is the President and his failed team and a Republican majority in the Congress that has been willing to stamp -- rubber-stamp policies that have done injury to our troops and to their families.
My statement yesterday -- and the White House knows this full well -- was a botched joke about the president and the president's people, not about the troops. [JohnKerry.com,10/31/06]
NY Times: Kerry's Prepared Remarks Affirm Kerry's Criticism Was Aimed At Bush.
A New York Times profile detailing Kerry's decision not to enter the 2008 presidential race noted Kerry's joke in 2006 called for him to say "Do you know where you end up if you don't study, if you aren't smart, if you're intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq. Just ask President Bush."
Mr. Kerry's prepared remarks called for him to say, "Do you know where you end up if you don't study, if you aren't smart, if you're intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq. Just ask President Bush." But in his delivery, he actually 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." [The New York Times, 1/25/07]
Kerry: "I Sincerely Regret That My Words Were Misinterpreted To Wrongly Imply Anything Negative About Those In Uniform."
In an official statement, Kerry said, "I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform":
CLAIM: 1971 Congressional Testimony Was Based On False Allegations
As a combat veteran, I want to make it clear to anyone in uniform and to their loved ones: my poorly stated joke at a rally was not about, and never intended to refer to any troop.- Advertisement -
I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform, and I personally apologize to any service member, family member, or American who was offended.
It is clear the Republican Party would rather talk about anything but their failed security policy. I don't want my verbal slip to be a diversion from the real issues. I will continue to fight for a change of course to provide real security for our country, and a winning strategy for our troops. [JohnKerry.com, 11/1/06]
Fox Omitted Proper Context From Kerry's 1971 Congressional Testimony.
On the November 13 edition of Fox News' America Live, Fox correspondent Trace Gallagher aired footage of testimony provided by Kerry in 1971 before the Senate foreign relations committee, saying the testimony "caused an outcry from soldiers, who said the allegations were false."
FACT: 1971 Testimony Was Corroborated By Official Accounts
GALLAGHER: In 1971, you see there, John Kerry testified before Congress, detailing war crimes committed by veterans, indicating those crimes were well known by all levels of command.- Advertisement -
GALLAGHER: The testimony caused an outcry by soldiers who said that the allegations were false. Kerry said many of those statements were taken out of context, but in later years also stood by many of them but acknowledged the language was a little, quote, hot here and there. [Fox News, America Live, 11/13/12]
Kerry's Testimony Was Representative Of The Personal Experiences Submitted By Vietnam Veterans.