John Kerry Apologist

The John Kerry comment, “You know education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”, has been roundly, and justifiably, condemned, and criticized, throughout the media and blogosphere.

I had not seen any defenses of Kerry’s foolish comment, until this morning, when I read Alex Tabarrok’s post, at Marginal Revolution, where Tabarrok had this to say.

The irony is that the joke he intended to make is a lie but what he actually said may be the truth.  The disaster in Iraq was created by a bunch of highly educated intellectuals but the soldiers fighting in Iraq do have less education than the young men and women who have stayed home.  According to historian David Kennedy, quoted in the October issue of the Atlantic, 50 percent of 18-24 year olds in the general population have some college education compared to only 6.5 percent of the same age group in the U.S. military.  (Kennedy’s figures are contested by others.)

Tabarrok then ends his post with this comment.

American political correctness extends to more than women and minorities and as in those areas it prevents discussion of important but uncomfortable truths.

Tabarrok’s post is, at best, a left handed defense of Kerry, and his leaning on the ramparts of political correctness to support his contention that ”...important but uncomfortable truths.”, regarding the educational levels of men and women in the service, prevents this subject from being discusssed is simply specious.

The comments contributed to Tabarrok’s post dissect, fairly well, the fallacy of his assertions so I’ll not add anything further, except to say that relying on a piece of paper with fancy calligraphy inscribed upon it as the measure of individual’s intelligence is about as reliable as a psychic reading.

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