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Bruce Willis offers $1million dollar bounty for Saddam. "Its awesome. Soldiers identify with action movies and action actors. He's a guy's guy." said commander Col Michael Linnington.

"..being over here just a couple of days, seeing how well our troops and the allied troops are being received here, (I) think the Iraqi people are happy we're here," the Hollywood star said. (But later admitted he had not met many Iraqis because he had been travelling the country by helicopter.) [Via BBC]
posted by MintSauce (31 comments total)

 
Why must we add needlessly to the burden of our servicemen and women by inflicting people like Bruce Willis on them?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 5:45 AM on September 26, 2003


First we tell their people "we are here to help" and our guys "a weekend a month, two weeks a year" and then we put on "Halliburton presents Return of Bruno Live in Tikrit" for them. Haven't they all suffered enough?

Now that the obvious sniping at Willis' music career is out of the way , I think the million means zippo. Aren't we offering a ton of cash anyway? A million means little to Willis but some publicity and I doubt someone who wouldn't turn Saddam in for 5 million would for 6 milliion.
posted by spartacusroosevelt at 5:48 AM on September 26, 2003


From the article: "Willis said he thought Iraqis welcomed US troops."

He's the propaganda voice of a cruel military force! Who'd have thought that Bruce Willis would turn into...Jane Fonda?
posted by Mayor Curley at 5:51 AM on September 26, 2003


HIGHLY disapointed in him.
posted by Sijeka at 6:02 AM on September 26, 2003


Why the hell can't Bruce sort it out himself? Nakatomi plaza wasn't all that hard, finding one more terrorist should be a walk in the park for the vest-lord.
posted by ciderwoman at 6:33 AM on September 26, 2003


Decrement respect counter by one.
posted by Kikkoman at 6:35 AM on September 26, 2003


So where does the respect counter stand now, Kikkoman? Negative something?
posted by orange swan at 6:43 AM on September 26, 2003


Thanks I needed a good laugh this afternoon.
posted by lilburne at 6:44 AM on September 26, 2003


First, it was nice he took time out and visited the troops, morale. They need it, since they may be there until April 2004.
Offering whom a bounty? The Iraqi people or US soldiers. US soldiers are not mercenaries, can't accept. Some time after Gulf War I, Kuwait wanted each US soldier given $50K whom liberated them.
posted by thomcatspike at 6:59 AM on September 26, 2003


"If you catch him, just give me four seconds with Saddam Hussein," he said.

Why is he mad at Saddam, again?

Osama bin who?
posted by rushmc at 7:13 AM on September 26, 2003


In other news, Saddam offers $1 million bounty for Bruce Willis.
posted by deadcowdan at 7:18 AM on September 26, 2003


LOL - and do what, Bruce? Not to put too fine a point on it, but you're an aging actor and Saddam is an aging soldier. I'd take bets as to who'd last longer, but my money would probably be on Saddam.

Friggin' idiot. I might view this differently if he had actually spent some time on the ground, with the Iraqi people, and had this opinion. Instead, he's pretending to be a two-bit Bob Hope while pushing the government's propaganda, and his closest brush with the Iraqi people was probably when they brought him his drinks.

Sad.
posted by FormlessOne at 7:23 AM on September 26, 2003


Yeah, soldiers cannot accept this, but he could start a fund for much more needed things. A few weeks ago the NYTimes ran a piece on a how families of soldiers were begging all sorts of people to help them buy a super-canteen called a CamelBak for their sons and daughters overseas.

Instead, Willis is offering another measy 1 million an already huge 25 million bounty. Its sad really, its like he's so fargone into the Hollywood bullshit machismo he can't think straight and I think he's just watched too many of his own movies.

rushmc: Osama bin who?

Hehe.
posted by skallas at 7:30 AM on September 26, 2003


Unbelievable - What a jackass. He should place that one mil on Ashton Krutcher. Does a real guys guy hang around with his wife and her 20 year old boy friend?
posted by trbrts at 7:48 AM on September 26, 2003


"If you catch him, just give me four seconds with Saddam Hussein," he said.

What precisely does he have planned that's going to take exactly four seconds?
posted by eatitlive at 7:59 AM on September 26, 2003


Why is he mad at Saddam, again? - rushmc

Maybe the mass graves bother him? 300,000 thrown into trenches bothers some people.

...but if you're into letting a country's own people sort out their own problems, then I guess Willis shouldn't be there and neither should the coalition soldiers.
posted by tomplus2 at 8:40 AM on September 26, 2003


He's the propaganda voice of a cruel military force! Who'd have thought that Bruce Willis would turn into...Jane Fonda?

A Cruel military force? Puh-lease. Let me guess, you have never served. Go figure.

As to comparing him to Jane Fonda. Don't. That is just plain ignorant and stupid.
posted by da5id at 9:28 AM on September 26, 2003


now saddam is worth one million more than david beckham.
posted by sgt.serenity at 9:52 AM on September 26, 2003


Makes sense. Obviously, they're having a hard time casting the villain in Die Hard 4. A million bucks is probably less than Jeremy Irons got for the last one.
posted by herc at 10:38 AM on September 26, 2003


skallas, thanks for pointing out: he could start a fund for much more needed things. Wanted to add that too my comment.

Seems "if their is a time for an actor to not be heard" this was the time after he said, "had not met many Iraqis because he had been travelling the country by helicopter. " Add, my brother just returned, don't think he would find him a guy's guy, as my brother drove all over the country.
posted by thomcatspike at 10:45 AM on September 26, 2003


Well I completely agree with skallas. Willis is a blowhard and the only thing he could do with Saddam... well, lets just say Saddam would have to be dead.
posted by insomnyuk at 11:21 AM on September 26, 2003


The worst part? He went to Iraq to sing to the troops.
posted by soren at 12:18 PM on September 26, 2003


Maybe the mass graves bother him? 300,000 thrown into trenches bothers some people.

I'll believe that when he puts bounties on heads of states in a number of other countries that qualify for your criteria.

In other words, bunk.
posted by rushmc at 12:35 PM on September 26, 2003


A Cruel military force? Puh-lease. Let me guess, you have never served. Go figure.

No, I didn't "serve." I got into college, and there were jobs when I got out that didn't involve propping up the national economy with defense spending or protecting oil company interests.

Now that you've "served" so selflessly, I hope that you're enjoying the the lifetime of benefits that I help pay for. You're a hero.
posted by Mayor Curley at 2:02 PM on September 26, 2003


Mayor Curley: ZING!
posted by crazy finger at 2:08 PM on September 26, 2003


A Cruel military force? Puh-lease. Let me guess, you have never served. Go figure.

This is a flawed argument, your statement implies that the military cannot be criticized unless you have been a member of the military, but if you find fault with the military it stands to reason you would not want to join.

The military may or may not be "cruel" but this is not an argument for it not being so.
posted by rhyax at 4:09 PM on September 26, 2003


He could do some actual good if he sent a 10th of that to Operation AC (A non-profit Delaware company operating on donations only, sends 110v single phase air conditioners to our troops in Iraq).
posted by RavinDave at 8:38 PM on September 26, 2003


Seems to me he was just out there to do what he could to cheer up the troops (his motives remain to himself, I guess) and that what he said might not actually be anything more than him trying to appease the troops. Having said that, yeah lost a bit of respect for the guy too.
posted by Dillonlikescookies at 9:11 PM on September 26, 2003


Mayor Curley: I got into college

Clown or barber?
posted by pemulis at 10:31 PM on September 26, 2003


Pemulis, it was Burger King University. Obviously, my views were controversial on campus because a lot of my classmates had been impregnated by low-level enlisted men.
posted by Mayor Curley at 4:56 AM on September 27, 2003


In other news, Chelsea FC offer 2m for Saddam Hussain.
posted by seanyboy at 12:17 PM on September 27, 2003


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