For the few of you who haven't heard about it, Kerry said in a campaign speech to college students that, if they worked hard and studied, they'd succeed; if not, they'd get "stuck in Iraq". This was understandably seen as an insult to our troops. Kerry claims he misspoke on an intended joke slamming Bush, and refuses to apologize for attacking the president.
What's missing here is that Kerry doesn't seem to recognize that insulting the troops, no matter how or why, is a Bad Idea. An apology to them wouldn't cost him anything, and it'd be the right thing to do. Something along the lines of "I meant to slam Bush, and I'm sorry that it came out wrong and insulted the troops" would do just fine. That he refuses to do that speaks volumes about the low regard in which he actually holds the folks in our armed services.
This is just another example of the hypocrisy of the Left. Whenever a conservative makes a joke that they don't like, they tear him to pieces. Where's their vitriol for Kerry?