Ok, first of all--Bush has NEVER seen active duty. He is not in Iraq. He is has NEVER fought in wartime. Cheney has fought captive quail, but he got 5 draft deferments so he didn't have to fight in Vietnam. He also is not serving in Iraq. None of Bush's people have. It's not coinicidence that so many active duty military personnel and vets are supporting Democrats in this election. Some of them are running for Democrat seats.
As for Bush's level of education--he may have attended Yale, but I bet he got someone else to do his homework. He should have kept them on, they did a better job for him than the people who 'advised' him into the disaster in Iraq. And I don't think much of of anyone who can't think for themselves. A president has an absolute responsibility to do his own homework. One who lets his advisors do all the work for him is no better than a puppet.
Kerry did not insult the troops. He was talking about Bush. Kerry is a decorated war veteran. He's been an advocate for veterans all his adult life. If you are upset about his remark because you claim to have respect for people who have served in the military, then Kerry's explanation of his remark should stand on his merits.
If you still choose to misunderstand his remark, then how is saying stay in school, do well, fulfill your potential, don't join the military and get sent to Iraq an insult? Military recruiters use high school records to target kids who are struggling in their classes. They go to poor areas of the country and convince poor kids that the military is their best option to get an education or a job. That's how they fill those quotas! And thousands of those kids ARE stuck in Iraq because stop-loss orders issued by Bush are preventing them from coming home even when their tour of duty should have ended! Check out the ages of the people who have died over there--on average they're about 19 years old.
Kerry doesn't need to apologize. Everyone who is trying to use this incident to hide the realities of the mess we're in certainly does. I hope you decide not to be one of them.