Rooney: Our Soldiers in Iraq Aren't Heroes

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    He writes today in his little-read column (the only place we could find it was the Buffalo News):

    Treating soldiers fighting their war as brave heroes is an old civilian trick designed to keep the soldiers at it. But you can be sure our soldiers in Iraq are not all brave heroes gladly risking their lives for us sitting comfortably back here at home.

    Our soldiers in Iraq are people, young men and women, and they behave like people - sometimes good and sometimes bad, sometimes brave, sometimes fearful. It's disingenuous of the rest of us to encourage them to fight this war by idolizing them.

    We pin medals on their chests to keep them going. We speak of them as if they volunteered to risk their lives to save ours, but there isn't much voluntary about what most of them have done. A relatively small number are professional soldiers. During the last few years, when millions of jobs disappeared, many young people, desperate for some income, enlisted in the Army. About 40 percent of our soldiers in Iraq enlisted in the National Guard or the Army Reserve to pick up some extra money and never thought they'd be called on to fight. They want to come home.

    Read the rest here:
    http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/4/12/172520.shtml

    I'm going to go out on a limb and disagree with him. I think all of our men and women who are fighting in our military are hero's - whether you agree with the war or not. They CHOSE to serve their country.
     
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    Rooney is an annoying bushy eyed,fatass windbag. He has no real commentary value, he is strictly for entertainment purposes.
     
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    For a minute there I thought you were referring to Rosie.
     
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    You could apply that statement to Rosie, however she has no value, especially in the entertainment field.
     
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    am I mistaken, or didn't rooney write an article a couple of months ago that had the pro bush people praising rooney like he was gods gift to the people?
     
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    Do you remember which article?
     
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    That doesn't look familiar to me. I'll look into it some more and see if i'm just imagining this.
     
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    If this is what Andy Rooney thinks, then piss on him. :piss2:
     
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    I'm sure they do want to go home, but I think the rest of it's BS. I would bet most of them are proud to wear a uniform, just as any other soldier. What an asshole.
     

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