Thomas Friedman Warns Against Being Stupid

John Kerry never claimed the troops were stupid, but those who fall for this smear might be. Thomas Friedman warns against being stupid:

George Bush, Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld think you’re stupid. Yes, they do.

They think they can take a mangled quip about President Bush and Iraq by John Kerry — a man who is not even running for office but who, unlike Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, never ran away from combat service — and get you to vote against all Democrats in this election.

Every time you hear Mr. Bush or Mr. Cheney lash out against Mr. Kerry, I hope you will say to yourself, “They must think I’m stupid.” Because they surely do.

They think that they can get you to overlook all of the Bush team’s real and deadly insults to the U.S. military over the past six years by hyping and exaggerating Mr. Kerry’s mangled gibe at the president.

Friedman lists many things which are “injurious and insulting” to the troops, including sending them without enough men, sending them without the proper equipment like body armor, and sending them to war without a coherent postwar plan. Rove has sold this stupidity in the past, but Friedman doesn’t think Americans are stupid enough to go along with it again:

Let Karl know that you’re not stupid. Let him know that you know that the most patriotic thing to do in this election is to vote against an administration that has — through sheer incompetence — brought us to a point in Iraq that was not inevitable but is now unwinnable.

Let Karl know that you think this is a critical election, because you know as a citizen that if the Bush team can behave with the level of deadly incompetence it has exhibited in Iraq — and then get away with it by holding on to the House and the Senate — it means our country has become a banana republic. It means our democracy is in tatters because it is so gerrymandered, so polluted by money, and so divided by professional political hacks that we can no longer hold the ruling party to account.

It means we’re as stupid as Karl thinks we are.

I, for one, don’t think we’re that stupid. Next Tuesday we’ll see.

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    Robert Freedland says:


    Great comment. Thomas Friedman gets it.

    Reminds me of the 1939 film, the Wizard of Oz, where the Wizard tries to distract Dorothy and friends:

    “Wizard of Oz: Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.”

    The Bush Company and Cronies want Americans to keep looking at John Kerry so they won’t take a peak at what’s behind the curtain.

    There are so many things behind that curtain.

    Iraq, torture, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, Foley, Abramoff, Libbey, Habeas Corpus, FISA courts, Katrina, Jeff Gannon, Michael Brown, Global Warming….and the list goes on!

    Keep up the great work Ron! Kerry on!

    John Kerry for President 2008

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