Friday, November 03, 2006


So John Kerry has apologized for a botched joke directed at George W. Bush. Whoopee. Never mind that he owed no apology. Kerry had spoken at a college early this week, tossing insults at Bush for his lies and incompetence over Iraq. As Keith Olbermann pointed out, there was no mistaking who the senator from Massachussetts had been talking about -- George W. Bush.

He essentially called the Shrub stupid. So what does the dictator do in response? Confirm he is too stupid to get the joke. He criticized Kerry for insulting the military, which the senator had not done. So even though there was no insult to the troops, Kerry sucked it up and apologized.

Yet we have John Boehner, Republican of Ohio and the #2 GOPer in the House of Representatives, actually did insult the troops by blaming the military generals for Donald RUmsfeld's incompetence.

O’DONNELL: Let me ask you about how to win and what the strategy should be to win. You have a number of candidates, Sen. Mike DeWine in Ohio who says Secretary Rumsfeld should resign. You have Anne Northrup, a congresswoman, who says he should resign. Congressman Shays in Connecticut, a Republican, Congressman Steele — he isn’t a congressman, he is running for the Senate — he says Rumsfeld wouldn’t be my secretary of defense. And yesterday you said Secretary Rumsfeld is the best thing that has happened to the military in 25 years. Why?

BOEHNER: When you look at the transformation that has occured over at the Pentagon, a lighter, quicker force, it would not have happened without the leadership of Donald Rumsfeld.

O’DONNELL: What about the management of the war in iraq?

BOEHNER: The management of the war in Iraq is being handled by the generals on the ground. Gens. Casey and Abizaid are doing the best they can given the situation. You understand that the terrorists coming out of al Qaeda have made Iraq the central focus in their war with us, and they’re also out there stirring up sectarian violence. This is the central front, and to blame it on Rumsfeld —

O’DONNELL: But the best the military has had in 25 years?

BOEHNER: I think he’s done a marvelous job.

In what crazy, fucked up world do we live in where the dictator cynically blurs the line between himself and the military after being insulted personally, with the guy who insulted him having to apologize, while a top Republican actually does insult the troops and gets away with it with not so much as a blip on the mainstream media's radar?

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