KERRY EXPLANATION: IT WAS A JOKE

Sure, that’s what it was. From the story: His office said he meant to say it was the administration and its allies who were not smart and got "us stuck in a war in Iraq." (NY Daily News) Kerry’s communications director claimed Kerry meant to say “I can't overstress the importance of a great education. Do you know where you end up if you don't study, if you aren't smart, if you're intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq.” (Chicago Tribune) Instead of apologizing to troops, he attacked Bush and “right-wing nut jobs.” (AP) A detailed look at who our recruits really are. (Heritage)