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2006.11.01

Kerry’s Non-Apology Apology

To quote Sen. Kerry:

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. (Emphasis added)

Stop right there. “Misinterpreted” means we got it wrong, not you. A sincere apology would have gone along the line of:

I sincerely regret that my poor choice of words and weak attempt at a joke wrongly implied anything negative about those in uniform, and I personally apologize to any service member, family member, or American who was offended.

Try again Sen. Kerry. With enough practice, even you might get good at this. You’ve certainly had plenty of opportunities to practice.

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2006.11.01

Well, duh! Looks like Sen. John Kares-not-about-the-soldiers-in-the-military swiped a page from this meaty bean’s play book. His words weren’t his fault either. Entitlement. Ack.


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