Un.Be.Lievable. Rep. Rangel:
I want to make it abundantly clear: if there’s anyone who believes that these youngsters want to fight, as the Pentagon and some generals have said, you can just forget about it. No young, bright individual wants to fight just because of a bonus and just because of educational benefits. And most all of them come from communities of very, very high unemployment. If a young fella has an option of having a decent career or joining the army to fight in Iraq, you can bet your life that he would not be in Iraq.
I guess he’s not willing to “bet his own life” because he knows he way off base with this insult, “a la John Kerry.” And this is no botched joke. It’s the real Rangel. And truthfully–it’s the real Democrat party. It’s just that Rangel and Kerry are the only two with enough guts to say how they really feel.
Allahpundit says (and has the video):
If Rangel’s serious about addressing economic inequality in the military, there’s an easy way to do it without imposing a draft. Simply repeal all major economic incentives to enlistment.
Per RangelLogic, let the morality of every war be judged by the number of patriots willing to volunteer for it. “Bad” wars will attract few enlistees and end quickly in defeat as we run out of troops; “good” wars, just the opposite.
He’d never accept that proposal, of course, because it could conceivably require him to admit that certain wars he opposes are “good” and, worse, that the troops who signed up for them are morally culpable in their execution.
Jay Stephenson understands Rangel:
I’m sure it might surprise Mr. Rangel but most of the military folks I know joined out of patriotic duty, did have an education, and were not poor. I’m not sure what kind of education Rangel has, but it obviously didn’t do anything to stop the stupid in his brain from reaching his mouth.
With it being post-election time, this won’t get as much attention as it should so don’t expect an apology or even an attempt at another Kerry-like, “I’m-sorry-you-heard-that-wrong!” apology-which is not even an apology. It’s another insult on top of insult.
Amy Proctor trackbacked with: NYFD on 9/11 a “Decent Career’, Congressman Rangel