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Sen. John Kerry has sparked outrage by suggesting that U.S. troops in Iraq are uneducated and not "smart.
At a campaign event for California gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides at Pasadena City College on Monday, the Massachusetts Democrat and Vietnam veteran said: "You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you can do well. If you dont, you get stuck in Iraq.
Kerrys troop-bashing remarks belie the truth about the educational level of U.S. troops. According to figures readily available on the Internet, 99.9 percent of the enlisted forces have at least a high school education, 73.3 percent have some college, 16.2 percent have an associates degree or equivalent semester hours, and 4.7 have a bachelors degree.
Whats more, over 85 percent of field grade officers have advanced degrees 70.7 percent have masters degrees, 12.1 percent have professional degrees and 2.5 percent have doctorate degrees.
"Senator Kerry not only owes an apology to those who are serving, but also to the families of those whove given their lives in this, White House press secretary Tony Snow said regarding Kerrys remarks.
"This is an absolute insult.