Richard Belzer - Ignorant Asshat
1) just because he reads 20 papers a day HE knows MORE about the war in Iraq than our soldiers
2) all our soldiers, marines, airmen,seaman are 19 or 20 AND
3) that they all joined the military because the are stupid, and their employment options are limited!
Richard is a former comedian who he is still making us laugh..............at his stupidity!
When I worked in Hollywood, Belzer was considered- by those gutsy enough to admit it- an arrogant condescending prick! The few times I encountered him he lived up to that reputation.
Reading twenty papers a day doesn't make ANYONE intelligent or smart or more knowledgeable about anything.....especially the war. Most media is biased - leaning either left or right - and as thus their coverage of the war and most other social, cultural and political issues, is incomplete. So unless Belzer is reading both liberal and conservative papers, its likely his knowledge of the war in Iraq is limited to: "Bush Lied, There Are No WMDS, and all dictators, socialists, and heads of roque terrorist states are victims of bad parenting who with a little love from liberals can be rehabilitated and turned into useful productive loving citizens of the world."
I read 20 papers and 30 blogs a day, 4 books a week such as The World Is Flat, Gideon's Spies, Jihad Vs McWorld, and Anti Americanism by Jean Francois Revel. I have family from the middle east, and have been fortunate enough to work during the past 6 years with some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world, whose intellect far exceeds Richards ego. My reading list includes Sun Tzu, Marcus Aurelios, and Thuycides "History of the Peloponnesian Wars". Passions of mine include international relations, comparative religion, and quantum physics, I have spent considerable time travelling throughout Europe, Canada, US and Mid East, and I 've been privileged to engage in hundreds of conversations with Marines and Soldiers for several years.
Even at that - I do not pretend to be more knowledgeable than our troops when it comes to Iraq, Afghanistan, our enemy and the war on terror - although I am definately more knowledgeable than the vast majority of Hollywood elites and CERTAINLY MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE that Belzer is or will ever be!
Belzer doesn't possess the intellectual depth to even begin to comprehend what these men and I discuss. His erroneous pre- conceived idea of the demographics, intellect and employment capabilities of our troops proves he is stupid, arrogant, condescending, and obviously unable understand what, if anything, he reads!
Here's what I suggest you do before you EVER speak on the subject of Iraq and spew out your inflamatory bullshit about the demographics, employment opportunities, and intellect of our troops:
GET YOUR ASS over to Iraq and Afghanistan to meet these men and women you erroneously speak about while confusing condescension and your over inflated ego for intellect!
I suggest you start in Afghanistan and meet Capt. Chris Nunn:
At 29, Army Capt. Chris Nunn commands hundreds of men, millions in equipment — and a piece of America's foreign policy objective in Afghanistan.
Let him introduce you to the hundreds of men and women he commands and let's see how you hold up in a conversation about international relations, Afghanistan and Iraq
(many served in Iraq!) with them. Try listening to what they have to say instead of bloviating!
Then head over to Iraq to meet with:
First Lt. Jeff Barnett, and Capt Will Smith and First.Lt Lee Kelley, all three men have blogs and were selected by the NY Times to write ongoing dispatches about their daily lives in Iraq;
you should also meet T.F. Boggs, a 23 yr old Sgt in the Army Reserves., who is VOLUNTARILY on his SECOND deployment to Iraq.
Before you go, you might want to prep for this trip by reading the following:
(since it's not likely you'll understand what you're reading -I suggest hiring a "coach" who can help break it down for you- and while your at it..hire an acting coach!!)
Warrant Officer Michael Fay's blog, Fire and Ice. Michael just returned from Iraq , and was also selected to write ongoing dispatches for the NY Times.
Capt. Dan Bout's blog, 365 and A Wake Up, A much loved poet warrior, this Capt in the California National Guard, works as an Intelligence analyst for the DOD, and just returned from a year long tour of duty in Iraq.
A blog by a Marine who calls himself "America's Son".
You might also want to read some of Michael Yon's dispatches about LTC. Eric Kurilla and the young men of Deuce Four that he commanded in Mosul.
And I would also suggest you head over to Ft.Riley where I'd be happy to arrange for you sit with LTC Eric J. Wesley, who has recently completed his SECOND of duty in Iraq, (he also happens to be quoted in Cobra 2, by Bernard Trainor and Michael Gordon, and No True Glory by Bing West, two books you might want to add to your "prestigious" newspaper reading list ) so that you can exchange your insight and knowledge on Iraq with his.
(Hell- I'd PAY to hear that conversation just to see the confused dumb look on your face as you struggle to comprehend what he shares with you and trip over yourself as you spew out the trash you pass off as knowledge about the war)
And on another note, Richard, I find it quite fascinating how you "profess" to know SO MUCH MORE than any of our troops about Iraq yet I've NEVER heard you ONCE share your insight, knowledge and wisdom with us. Please feel free to enlighten me on the vast storehouse of intellect you possess about this war, our enemy, their purpose, their history, about international relations, and the new geo- political landscape.
Oh and here's something else you might want to ponder deeply Richard:
If it wasn't for acting- a job that requires little education and unique skill sets that include the ability to read three and four letter words strung in a sentence, the ability to repeat lines of dialogue, stand where you're told to stand, sit in a chair with your name on it when you're done standing where you were told to stand, pretend to be some one you're not, all while being fed, dressed, styled by other people - what other work would you be doing?