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Bruce Willis transcript on Rita Cosby (Way to go, Bruce!!)

Posted on 11/11/2005 12:21:59 PM PST by Uncledave

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BRUCE WILLIS TELLS RITA COSBY HE WILL OFFER $1 MILLION TO ANY CIVILIAN WHO TURNS IN OSAMA BIN LADEN, AYMAN AL-ZAWAHIRI OR ABU MUSAB AL-ZARQAWI Secaucus, NJ - November 11, 2005 -- In an interview that aired last night on MSNBC's "Rita Cosby: Live and Direct" (9 p.m. ET), actor Bruce Willis told Cosby he would offer one million dollars to any civilian who would turn in Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri or Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Willis talks to Cosby about his support for embedded blogger Michael Yon, and the actor says he is in talks about a possible film about the Deuce Four, the soldiers Yon is embedded with in Iraq. Following is the complete transcript of the interview. "Rita Cosby: Live and Direct" airs weeknights from 9 - 10 p.m. ET. Angie Dorr is the executive producer. ******** COSBY: Getting stories out of Iraq is not easy. Bruce Willis found that out firsthand when he went over to visit U.S. troops serving in Armed Forces.
Tonight, we are rejoined by an independent blogger who is bringing back some amazing pictures and stories from Iraq, Michael Yon. And also again with us is actor Bruce Willis, who is back with us on the phone.
It's great to have both of you here. You know, Bruce, I want to start with you. Last night, we talked a little bit about what's happening over in Iraq. You said the media isn't covering the full story. What are we missing?
BRUCE WILLIS, ACTOR: I am baffled to understand why the things that I saw happening in Iraq, really good things happening in Iraq, are not being reported on. Michael has been over there, was embedded with the members of the Deuce Four, you know, the battalion that actually won the battle for Mosul, that -- Michael, correct me if I'm wrong -- these are the guys who allowed the election to take place, the election that happened just, you know, a couple months ago, to take place, which is, you know, just a monumental thing. And it's not being reported on.
COSBY: You know, Bruce, you know, let's face it. A lot of celebrities have not been over there. A lot of folks in Hollywood have been very critical of what's happening in the war. Do you think, if a lot of your colleagues in Hollywood went over there, saw it for themselves, they'd have a different opinion?
WILLIS: I absolutely think that. I think we live in a global world. And I think that -- I think America is just too isolationist. And a lot of big choices are being made. You know, to say this is not our fight, when this is the same fight that this country fought 60 years ago and the entire world fought 60 years ago, for the same kind of terrorism, the same kind of thing.
This is not a new war. This is not a new kind of fighting. This is the same fight. And it's back. And it's time for it to stop.
COSBY: You know, we've seen some of these amazing pictures that we're showing here. You know, Michael, there's a photo I want to show of a soldier and a baby girl, in particular. Here it is. Why is this photo so meaningful, Michael?
MICHAEL YON, EMBEDDED BLOGGER: Well, I shot that photo on a day when a suicide or homicide car bomber ran into one of our Stryker vehicles, injured a couple of our soldiers, and, unfortunately, there were a lot of children who had crowded around to wave at our people. And the attackers had every opportunity to just wait a couple of blocks and attack our guys later, without the children being around, but instead chose to attack straight through the children. And Major Bieger, who is in the photo, found the little girl -- her name is Farah -- and decided he wanted to get her to the hospital as quickly as possible. And so he picked her up, wrapped her in a blanket, and loaded her into one of our vehicles and started to take her to the hospital as fast as possible. And unfortunately, little Farah died en route. We went back to that neighborhood the next day, and the people there actually welcomed us with open arms. They welcomed us into their homes. We got into a firefight there again the next day. And the people in that part of the city began to give us more and more information about the terrorists until it got to the point where -- it's very dangerous to be a terrorist now in Mosul, because...

COSBY: You know, it's incredible to hear these stories, Michael. I mean, it's amazing what you went through firsthand. And, you know, Bruce, you know, as you're hearing these stories from Michael, I understand why your jaw just dropped when you saw these pictures. Are you thinking, maybe at some point, you know, playing a role with the Deuce Four? Is that something maybe you'd consider?
WILLIS: We are talking about that right now. But it's not really about the film. It's about these guys. It's about these guys who do what they are asked to do for very little money to defend and fight for what they consider to be freedom. And it's not just for this country. It's for the world. It is time for terrorism to stop. And the United States is the country that can stop it. And that's what they're doing over there. And there is -- I have no idea why this country is not getting the information that Michael Yon has, you know, access to, is, you know, showing people. It's just not getting out, and it's baffling.
COSBY: You know, Bruce, in 2003, you admirably offered $1 million for the capture of Saddam. I have to ask you, because just last night we had on our show so many of those pictures, those horrific pictures of what happened in Jordan. And right now, we've got three thorns in our side. We've got Zawahiri, of course, who is Osama bin Laden`s right-hand guy. You've got Osama bin Laden himself. And then you've got al-Zarqawi, the Iraqi who everyone believes is behind the mastermind of the attack, just those horrible attacks on three hotels just last night. Are you prepared even right now to maybe offer $1 million for one of them?
WILLIS: Well, that was a conversation I was having with members of the military. I've since been told that military men and women cannot accept any reward for the job that they're doing. It was more about my passion for trying to stop Saddam Hussein.
COSBY: Would you offer that if somebody else, let's say a civilian, is willing to turn one of them in and finally put this to an end?
WILLIS: Yes, I would. Yes, I would. I want to live in a world, and so do the Iraqi people want to live in a world, where they can move from their homes to the market and not have to fear being killed. And, I mean, doesn't everybody want that? Who doesn't want that?
COSBY: You bet. And, Michael, I'm going to give you just a few seconds. What are you most proud of? I mean, your pictures just really show the heart and soul there. YON: I'd actually like to say something about Bruce Willis. He's one of the men who has had the courageous to stand behind the troops. And the troops absolutely respect and love Bruce Willis. He came out to the Deuce Four redeployment ball in Seattle. And I wonder if he realizes just how much they appreciated that. And it's just so good to see a man of his stature throwing his entire weight behind our people who are in harm's way.
COSBY: It's terrific.
WILLIS: Thank you so much, Michael.
COSBY: And hats off to both of you guys, not just Bruce. And, Bruce, thank you so much for being with us. And, Michael, keep up the great work you're doing. Those pictures are amazing. And please come back, both of you, anytime. Thank you.
WILLIS: Thanks very much. Keep it up, Mike.
YON: Thanks, Bruce.
WILLIS: OK, buddy.
COSBY: Thank you guys very much.
YON: Bye, Rita.
COSBY: Thank you.

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: binladen; bounty; brucewillis; hollywoodright; manhunt; obl
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To: lawnguy


41 posted on 11/11/2005 1:34:26 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: Uncledave

Thanks for posting this. I just read it. Bruce Willis is one of the very, very few true patriots in Hollywood. It would be a great day to see him writing out a check for someone turning in one of those slime.

42 posted on 11/11/2005 1:43:50 PM PST by jocon307
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To: Uncledave
Rita appeared to be stunned at what all Bruce had to say. Even further stunned by the implication of if the Hollyweird types would go and see the troops they'd stop being the DUmmies that they are.
43 posted on 11/11/2005 1:46:10 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Uncledave
"When we get Osama, we gonna get some hard, pipe-hitting ni**as and get medieval on his a$$"

44 posted on 11/11/2005 1:49:20 PM PST by Uncledave
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To: MarkeyD

Seems like there is a puny little resort near the whistle stop of Fairfield...I think. Not much of a "resort" as I recall, but could be wrong.

45 posted on 11/11/2005 1:50:20 PM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: Uncledave

Yippe Kai Yay, Mofo Libs!

46 posted on 11/11/2005 1:58:41 PM PST by LS
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To: HolgerDansk
"Welcome to the party, pal!"

"Die Hard" is one of my favorite Christmas movies. I especially like the scene where Powell is singing "Oh the weather outside is frightful, duh dum, duh dum, delightful". I laugh out loud every time!

47 posted on 11/11/2005 2:10:12 PM PST by manwiththehands
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To: angkor
"Willis could start a 401(c)3 foundation to do the same thing, and I'd happily contribute."

Me, too. That's an outstanding idea. Maybe we could match the $1M and make it 2.

48 posted on 11/11/2005 2:12:04 PM PST by manwiththehands
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To: manwiththehands
Best line out of that whole movie is by the good Seargant:

"Why donch' you wake up and smell what you shovelin'!"

49 posted on 11/11/2005 2:13:38 PM PST by mattdono ("Crush the RATs and RINOs, drive them before you, and hear the lamentations of the scumbags" - Arnie)
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To: lewislynn
When Bruce Willis bought the resort he cancelled the "Annual Military Day" and basically shut it down to anyone but his closest friends

Does the word "liability" mean anything to you?

Nailed it. Even if this story is true the last thing Bruce Willis wants is to be sued by some drunk GI who breaks his leg getting off the ski lift.

50 posted on 11/11/2005 2:22:13 PM PST by manwiththehands
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To: Uncledave
LOL! Getting medieval on Osama "... with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch" sounds like a great idea.
51 posted on 11/11/2005 2:27:37 PM PST by manwiththehands
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To: waiyu

He probably bought it and reduced the staffing and service levels to a point where he probably can only host smaller groups.

53 posted on 11/11/2005 2:40:24 PM PST by krb (ad hominem arguments are for stupid people)
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To: onyx

Thanks for the ping, wish I had seen this interview!

54 posted on 11/11/2005 2:42:49 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper ("Tucker Carlson could reveal himself as a castrated, lesbian, rodeo clown ...wouldn't surprise me")
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To: zip; BOBWADE


55 posted on 11/11/2005 2:44:00 PM PST by Mrs Zip
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To: krb
From what I've been reading, he bought it in '96 and spent quite a bit to make it grow.

Soldier Mountain Web Site
56 posted on 11/11/2005 2:44:03 PM PST by MarkeyD (Cindy - The new 'C' word! I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: waiyu

I think most skiiers are asses anyway. Sorry you lost your free day, but in my world I don't judge people by what they give me.

57 posted on 11/11/2005 2:46:18 PM PST by Loud Mime (Bad Lawmakers = Bad Law = Infinite Lawyers)
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To: Uncledave

Way to go Bruce!

58 posted on 11/11/2005 2:50:04 PM PST by MeekMom (Praise Jesus! We have so much to be thankful for!)
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To: MarkeyD

I didn't say he stopped giving discounts, but he also raised the price of tickets so he could offer that discount. I still refuse to believe that he is a great Hero just because he offers some money to bounty hunters. And I assure you, the military, at least in that area, would love to see him on the front lines in Iraq.

59 posted on 11/11/2005 2:50:47 PM PST by waiyu
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To: waiyu
...when it came time for the Annual Military Day he said it was canceled til he decided otherwise.

And, I guess he's supposed to keep a staff to run the mountain even though it's only open to the Military one day a year? What does the staff do the rest of the time?

The property would have went from commercial use, with a staff and everything, to private use. How the hell is he as a private citizen supposed to staff his resort so that he can keep "Annual Military Day" open?

Give me a break! You're way off base on this one. Just because BW doesn't host a yearly party on his mountain for the military doesn't make BW a AH, or someone who doesn't support our military.

I'm not hosting any military parties at my place, either. Am I an AH?
60 posted on 11/11/2005 3:00:47 PM PST by Texas2step (<><)
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