When he ran for President back in 2004, John Kerry (perhaps you’ve heard, he served in Vietnam), made the usual promises about taking care of the troops and fighting a “smarter” war on terror. While it sounded good (at least to the Senator and his handlers), Kerry’s supposed concern for the military didn’t survive the attacks of his fellow Swift Boat veterans, who reminded us that Kerry’s subsequent anti-war activities betrayed his comrades, and all who served in Vietnam.

If you ever wondered what John Kerry really thinks about the military–and those who serve–look no further than yesterday’s campaign appearance in California. Appearing on the stump for gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides, Kerry revealed his obvious contempt for those serving in the armed forces: (Hat tip: Michelle Malkin).

“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.

Michelle also has a great round-up of reaction to Kerry’s comments, including a contrast between the feckless Senator, and a man who–by his reckoning–wasn’t smart enough to do anything but “get stuck in Iraq.” The service member in question is Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor, a SEAL who died in battle last month. When an enemy grenade landed in his sniper position, Monsoor threw himself on the weapon, using his body to shield his comrades from the blast. Monsoor’s selfless actions saved the lives of other SEALs. He will almost certainly be nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor.

When you go to the polls next week, think long and hard about who you want in charge of the nation’s military, and those who wear the uniform. Then do the right thing.

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