Thanks to Donald Sensing for pointing out this excellent Bill O'Reilly interview with Bruce Willis, who just returned from Iraq after touring with his band and playing for the troops there. Mr. Willis has offered a million dollar reward to the people who "get" Saddam Hussein; active duty military personnel cannot collect such bounties, but he has said that if US forces get Hussein that he'll donate the money to charity.
It's also great to read in the interview that Mr. Willis really understands what the battle in Iraq was about.
O'REILLY: Did the weapons of mass destruction controversy bother you at all?Bill O'Reilly points out some other celebrities who have gone over to Iraq to perform for the troops, and Mr. Willis responds to the many celebrities who haven't.
WILLIS: I don't think that's what it's about. I think this is about a war on terrorism. And it's about trying to stabilize Iraq. Stabilize the Middle East, which, God knows, could use some stabilization. And it is about a war on terror. I don't -- I don't know. Maybe people have a short memory, but the memory of those people forced to jump out of the World Trade Center will forever be etched in my memory.
O'REILLY: Now, in the world that you live in, the show business world, you're in a minority here by going over there. I have a list of some other stars who have gone over there. Drew Carey went over, Roger Clemens went over, Wayne Newton, Paul Rodriguez, but most of it is sniping at the government, and even at the military. They say we support our military, but every two minutes you hear another negative coming out of there. How do you react to that?
WILLIS: I would like to -- I would like to suggest that anybody who is, as you say, sniping at the government to, you know, go over there themselves and see what I saw. I didn't hear one complaint from anyone in the military over there, and these guys are out there living in the dirt. They had great spirits, great morale. Had the opportunity to walk through Walter Reed hospital yesterday and see some of the, you know, some of the young kids who had come back.