Monday, November 27, 2006

Sharing a Brain

Charlie Rangel and John Kerry are of one mind it seems on the issue of servicemen. Read Rangel's statement from his FNS appearance then laugh at Allah's characterization:

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.

And the glorious retort: This won’t get as much attention as what Lurch said (or was understood to have said) a few weeks ago. Rangel’s neither as prominent nor as unlikeable as Kerry, nor do vets bear him a grudge the way they do Waffles for his Winter Soldier testimony. But they’re both talking out of the same ass.

Splendid! Rangel is wrong just like Kerry was and for the same reason. The data--as much as we currently know anyway--doesn't support any of the assertions about US military men as dummies. Members of Congress on the other hand...

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