Michael Moore: I No Longer Support American Troops and Their 'Rogue' Bosses

Wednesday, 02 Jan 2013 10:29 AM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Oscar-winning director Michael Moore says he’s through with supporting the men and women of America’s military.

One of his New Year’s resolutions, Moore said in a jaw-dropping column in the Huffington Post, is “Stop saying, ‘I support the troops.’ I don't. I used to.’’

The political gadfly added: “I understand why so many enlisted after 9/11. Sadly, many of them were then trapped and sent off to invade Iraq. I felt for all of them. I understood those who joined because of a lousy economy.

“But at some point all individuals must answer for their actions, and now that we know our military leaders do things that have nothing to do with defending our lives, why would anyone sign up for this rogue organization?’’

Moore — whose 2004 documentary smash “Fahrenheit 9/11’’ slammed America’s entry into wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — insisted he has “enormous respect for anyone who would offer to sacrifice their life to defend my right to live. Is there any greater gift one can give another?’’

But, he added, “It's not the troops' fault they're sent to invade other countries for dubious reasons and outright lies. It's OUR responsibility to prevent this, to elect representatives who believe in peace, and to only put our troops in harm's way when it's absolutely necessary.’’

Moore said his uncle, who was killed in World War II, would have turned 90 on Wednesday.

“Our family has served this country in the military since the Revolutionary War. None of them watch Fox News,’’ he said.

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