“BENEATH CONTEMPT”….George Bush is trying to suggest that John Kerry’s criticism of the policies that led to the Al-qaqaa explosives debacle is actually a veiled denigration of the American troops in Iraq. Via email from the Kerry campaign, here’s what General Merrill McPeak, former chief of staff of the Air Force, has to say about this:
The President seems to think Senator Kerry could not possibly be criticizing him since the President thinks he has never made a mistake. Let?s be perfectly clear: it is the President who dropped the ball. Senator Kerry is being critical of George Bush, not the troops. By embarking on the line of attack, George Bush is deflecting blame from him over to the military. This is beneath contempt.
He’s right. It’s the Bush campaign pushing the line that criticism of the president’s policies is criticism of the troops. It really is beneath contempt.