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Actor Willis' $1m Saddam bounty (Go Bruce Go!!)
BBC News | 9/26/03

Posted on 09/26/2003 6:19:10 AM PDT by areafiftyone

Actor Bruce Willis has performed before US soldiers in Telafar, northern Iraq, and offered $1m (£603,000) to the man who captures Saddam Hussein.

"We're here to support you," the star told troops as he sang a set of blues songs with his band, the Accelerator.

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

Willis will next fly south to visit US soldiers in Tikrit - Saddam's home town - before performing two concerts for troops in neighbouring Kuwait.

"Somebody that supports the military like he has and that comes to visit soldiers - that's important to us," said Greg Pagan, from 3rd Brigade of the 101st's Airborne Division based at Telafar.

'Thumbs up'

"It's awesome," said commander Col Michael Linnington. "It's great for morale. "He's a macho actor. Soldiers identify with action movies and action actors. He's a guy's guy."

During an interview Willis said: "Peculiar thing back home is that the liberal media was trying to portray it as a bad war.

"But 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.

Willis will also visit troops in Kuwait

"Children are being taken care of, starting being inoculated, starting being looked after. Wherever these guys go they get thumbs up. They no longer have to contend with the terrorist leader," Willis said.

But the star later admitted he had not met many Iraqis because he had been travelling the country by helicopter.

Willis, a Republican party supporter, was one of the few celebrities to publicly back the US' stance during the recent war on Iraq, which was led by President Bush.

Willis recently played a US special forces commander sent in to rescue medical staff in war-torn Nigeria in the film Tears of the Sun.


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KEYWORDS: bounty; brucewillis; iraq; saddam; supportourtroops
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1 posted on 09/26/2003 6:19:11 AM PDT by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone
One of the good guys.
2 posted on 09/26/2003 6:20:11 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: areafiftyone
But the star later admitted he had not met many Iraqis because he had been travelling the country by helicopter.

Neither have most of the reporters in Iraq. It doesn't stop them from having an opinion.
3 posted on 09/26/2003 6:21:32 AM PDT by Daus
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To: samtheman; All
Sorry I forgot to post the link. Here it is - BBC News
4 posted on 09/26/2003 6:22:09 AM PDT by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone
Tears of The Sun was a great movie, IMO. I don't normally like action films but, OTOH I like about anything with Bruce Willis in it. It is so great to see that he doesn't stumble in his support of the troops and that he doesn't cave to the Hollywood mentality.
5 posted on 09/26/2003 6:23:22 AM PDT by PleaseNoMore
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To: areafiftyone
Movie star Bruce Willis plays harmonica before a concert in the Taal Afar airfield, 460 kms (280 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq , Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)
AP - Sep 25 5:44 PM

Three U.S. soldiers of 101st Airborne Division sit on a helicopter during a concert for the movie star Bruce Willis in Taal Afar airfield, 460 kms (280 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq , Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)
AP - Sep 25 2:31 PM

Movie star Bruce Willis smiles before his concert in Taal Afar airfield, 460 kms (280 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq , Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)
AP - Sep 25 2:31 PM

Three U.S. soldiers of 101st Airborne Division sit on a helicopter during a concert giving by movie star Bruce Willis in Taal Afar airfield, 460 kms (280 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq , Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)
AP - Sep 25 2:31 PM

U.S. soldiers of 101st Airborne Division applaud during a concert given by movie star Bruce Willis in Taal Afar airfield, 460 kms (280 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq , Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)
AP - Sep 25 2:31 PM

Actor Bruce Willis , wearing a U.S. Air Force flight suit, plays a tambourine as he performs along with 'The Accelerators, ' Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at a USO show at an undisclosed airbase, which is supporting the U.S. effort in Iraq . Willis is touring with his blues band to entertain US forces in the area for the United Service Organizations (USO). (AP Photo/Mike Theiler/USO)
AP - Sep 24 2:29 PM

Actor Bruce Willis , right, wearing a U.S. Air Force flight suit, belts out a song along with The Accelerator's guitarist Doug Hamblin, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003 at a USO show at an undisclosed airbase, which is supporting U.S. efforts in Iraq . Willis is touring with his blues band to entertain US forces in the area for the United Service Organizations (USO). (AP Photo/Mike Theiler, USO)
AP - Sep 24 2:23 PM

Actor Bruce Willis , wearing a US Air Force flight suit, belts out a song as he performs along with Krispy Kreme founder and CEO Bruce DiMattia, September 24, 2003 at a USO show in an undisclosed airbase in South West Asia. Willis is touring with his blues band The Accelerators to entertain US forces in the area for the United Service Organizations (USO). EDITORS: The location is undisclosed at the request of the host country. REUTERS/USO/Mike Theiler
Reuters - Sep 24 2:15 PM

Actor Bruce Willis , wearing a US Air Force flight suit, plays a tambourine as he performs along with his band The Accelerators, September 24, 2003 at a USO show in an undisclosed airbase in South West Asia. Willis is touring with his blues band to entertain US forces in the area for the United Service Organization (USO). EDITORS: The location is undisclosed at the request of the host country. REUTERS/USO/Mike Theiler
Reuters - Sep 24 2:11 PM

Actor Bruce Willis (R), wearing a US Air Force flight suit, belts out a song along with The Accelerator's guitarist Doug Hamblin, September 24, 2003 at a USO show in an undisclosed airbase in South West Asia. Willis is touring with his blues band to entertain US forces in the area for the United Service Organization (USO). EDITORS: The location is undisclosed at the request of the host country. REUTERS/USO/Mike Theiler
Reuters - Sep 24 2:09 PM

Actor Bruce Willis (L) poses in a pressurized flight suit with United States Air Force personnel in front of a USAF U-2 high-altitude aircraft at an undisclosed airbase in southwest Asia, September 24, 2003. Willis is touring with the United Service Organizations (USO) with his band, The Accelerators, to entertain American military in the region. EDITORS: The location is undisclosed at the request of the host country. REUTERS/Mike Theiler
Reuters - Sep 24 11:23 AM

Actor Bruce Willis poses in a pressurized flight suit in front of a United States Air Force U-2 high-altitude aircraft at an undisclosed airbase in southwest Asia, September 24, 2003. Willis is touring with the United Service Organizations (USO) with his band, The Accelerators, to entertain American military in the region. EDITORS: The location is undisclosed at the request of the host country. REUTERS/Mike Theiler
Reuters - Sep 24 11:21 AM

Actor Bruce Willis , center, poses with U.S. Air Force security forces in front of a U-2 high-altitude spyplane and a KC-10 refueling aircraft, background, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003 at an undisclosed airbase, supporting U.S. efforts in Iraq . Willis is on a United Service Organizations (USO) tour with his band, 'The Accelerators,' to entertain American military in the region. (AP Photo/Mike Theiler, USO)
AP - Sep 24 10:17 AM

Actor Bruce Willis , center, wearing a pressurized flight used by U.S. Air Force U-2 pilots who fly the high-altitude spy aircraft, poses with Air Force personnel Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003 at an undisclosed airbase, supporting U.S. efforts in Iraq . Willis is touring on a United Service Organizations (USO) with his band, 'The Accelerators,' to entertain American military in the region. (AP Photo/Mike Theiler, USO)
AP - Sep 24 10:17 AM

Actor Bruce Willis poses in a pressurized flight suit in front of a U.S. Air Force U-2 high-altitude aircraft, Wednesday September 24, 2003 at an undisclosed airbase, supporting U.S. efforts in Iraq . Willis is on a United Service Organizations (USO) tour with his band, 'The Accelerators,' to entertain American military in the region. (AP Photo/Mike Theiler, USO)
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6 posted on 09/26/2003 6:24:07 AM PDT by dennisw (G_d is at war with Amalek for all generations)
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To: areafiftyone
It's good to see these conservative Hollywood types finally coming out of the closet. It was great to see Chuck Norris doing a couple of talk shows yesterday and lending his support as well.
7 posted on 09/26/2003 6:24:30 AM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: Daus
Well considering the anti-american news source - you KNOW they have to get some kind of swipe in to make our Democreep enemies happy.
8 posted on 09/26/2003 6:24:30 AM PDT by areafiftyone
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To: nuconvert; Ragtime Cowgirl
ping
9 posted on 09/26/2003 6:24:48 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife ("Life isn't fair. It's fairer than death, is all.")
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To: areafiftyone
I used to consider Bruce to be a self-infatuated dork. Now I think of Bruce as a self-infatuated dork who tries very harder to be a decent and patriotic American. There's hope for that guy. I feel like I can attend his movies without giving $8 of aide and comfort to the enemy.
10 posted on 09/26/2003 6:24:53 AM PDT by .cnI redruM (Success will not come to you. You go to success.)
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To: dennisw
Thank you for posting those pictures! Whoo Hooo what a great guy!
11 posted on 09/26/2003 6:26:26 AM PDT by areafiftyone
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To: .cnI redruM
I used to think that way about him. Especially when he married Demi Moore. But now that he is away from her his real true self is coming out.
12 posted on 09/26/2003 6:27:23 AM PDT by areafiftyone
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To: freeperfromnj
-agree...
-a man's man who doesn't need her thighness and the nannystate to tell him how to think, what to say, and when to say it...
13 posted on 09/26/2003 6:27:41 AM PDT by tioga
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To: areafiftyone
Excellent PR. Willis hasn't forgotten that he is an American and this Land of the Free has given him much for which to be thankful.
14 posted on 09/26/2003 6:27:42 AM PDT by rj45mis
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To: areafiftyone
Time to add a Bruce Willis wing to my dvd collection.
15 posted on 09/26/2003 6:27:46 AM PDT by Bikers4Bush
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To: Bikers4Bush
Start with "5th Element".
16 posted on 09/26/2003 6:31:09 AM PDT by kjam22
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To: areafiftyone
Bruce, if I ever said an unkind word about you, I take it back.

If only more actors loved their country and the people who defend it, we'd be a damn-sight better off.

Salutations to the Unbreakable man!

17 posted on 09/26/2003 6:31:39 AM PDT by Imal (Oppose Communism in all its vile forms.)
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To: dennisw
" Krispy Kreme founder and CEO Bruce DiMattia"

He might be the CEO, but he's not the founder.
18 posted on 09/26/2003 6:35:33 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: kjam22
Great flick.
19 posted on 09/26/2003 6:38:07 AM PDT by Bikers4Bush
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To: areafiftyone

Welcome to the party Saddam!
20 posted on 09/26/2003 6:39:20 AM PDT by Johnny Gage (Why do we play at a recital, and recite at a play?)
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To: areafiftyone
Atta Boy!
21 posted on 09/26/2003 6:43:04 AM PDT by b4its2late (Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else.)
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To: Johnny Gage
LOL!! Welcome to the party - in more ways than one.
22 posted on 09/26/2003 6:44:08 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Johnny Gage
Yippie Kay-Yae!..


23 posted on 09/26/2003 6:47:24 AM PDT by rftc
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To: areafiftyone; Poohbah; Congressman Billybob
$1 million for capture, huh? How much for putting Saddam in the ground?

Heck, is what Bruce Willis did LEGAL?
24 posted on 09/26/2003 6:47:24 AM PDT by hchutch ("I don't see what the big deal is, I really don't." - Major Vic Deakins, USAF (ret.))
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To: .cnI redruM
I used to consider Bruce to be a self-infatuated dork

Self-infatuated dorks are people, too.

25 posted on 09/26/2003 6:47:32 AM PDT by dinasour
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To: areafiftyone
Good man!
26 posted on 09/26/2003 6:49:52 AM PDT by Think free or die
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To: areafiftyone
Im goingot be down at the Atlantis in the bahamas for the grand opening of thier new sportsbook and bruce and his band are playing. october 11th
27 posted on 09/26/2003 6:56:10 AM PDT by robjna
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To: robjna
OOOOO you are lucky!! Have a great time!!!
28 posted on 09/26/2003 6:57:09 AM PDT by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone
Willis is a self-absorbed womanizer, but he loves his country. He is very similar to Ahnold in that respect. He is somewhat of a libertarian on social issues if I am not mistaken.
29 posted on 09/26/2003 6:58:10 AM PDT by cold_dead_fingers
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To: Daus
Right on Target!!!

"...Neither have most of the reporters in Iraq. It doesn't stop them from having an opinion..."

Juan
30 posted on 09/26/2003 6:58:43 AM PDT by CGVet58 (For my fellow Americans; my life... for our enemies; The Sword!!!)
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To: areafiftyone
His movie, Tears in the Sun", I hope that's the right title, was great.
31 posted on 09/26/2003 6:58:44 AM PDT by freekitty
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To: areafiftyone
Puff dashole must be truly deeply saddened.
32 posted on 09/26/2003 6:59:07 AM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (Hillary for dog catcher. I met her once, she might be qualified to catch dogs.)
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To: areafiftyone
I really like this guy- I saw him on FoxNews this morning completely sticking up for the troops and supporting the war.
33 posted on 09/26/2003 7:00:48 AM PDT by lawgirl (All that and a bag of chips.)
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To: areafiftyone
What a great guy. One of the few hollywood actors to put their money where their mouth is.
34 posted on 09/26/2003 7:21:12 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: 1Old Pro
"What a great guy. One of the few hollywood actors to put their money where their mouth is."

I just wish he would stop accompanying Demi and her new a-hole boytoy around town. It just doesn't look good.

35 posted on 09/26/2003 7:29:24 AM PDT by Hatteras (Fly me away to the bright side of the moon, meet me on the other side...)
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To: Hatteras
Knowing the half life of hollyweed relationships, her a-hole boytoy will be history within 12 months.
36 posted on 09/26/2003 7:31:37 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: samtheman
Big Bruce Willis Bumparoonie!

Thanks for posting this - my old movies were starting to bore me.

Just Give Me Four Seconds With Saddam

37 posted on 09/26/2003 7:39:05 AM PDT by Happy2BMe (LIBERTY has arrived in Iraq - Now we can concentrate on HOLLYWEED!)
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To: hchutch
Heck, is what Bruce Willis did LEGAL?

If it's not, it should be.

38 posted on 09/26/2003 7:44:46 AM PDT by jmc813 (McClintock is the only candidate who supports the entire Bill of Rights, including the 2nd Amendment)
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To: 1Old Pro
It's not the duration of the relationship I'm thinking about. It's just him hanging around with the kids in the background like he's Demi's dad or something. It's just kinda creepy.
39 posted on 09/26/2003 7:45:50 AM PDT by Hatteras (Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs...)
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To: hchutch
Heck, is what Bruce Willis did LEGAL?

It's his money, he can give it to whomever he pleases. Might there be regulations against the soldier receiving it while in active service? I don't know, but he won't be in active service forever.

40 posted on 09/26/2003 7:48:05 AM PDT by JohnnyZ (Robot robot robot)
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To: areafiftyone
I didn't even know he could sing!

Carolyn

41 posted on 09/26/2003 7:55:02 AM PDT by CDHart
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To: Hatteras
I think its great that he is so involved with his kids and that he and his ex wife have a good relationship.
42 posted on 09/26/2003 7:56:53 AM PDT by merry10
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To: CDHart
I only knew because he was on one of the late night talk shows (I forget which one) and he sang a song. He's an okay singer.
43 posted on 09/26/2003 7:57:01 AM PDT by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone
Willis is hardcore Democrat.

He was with Gray Davis the other day fighting against the recall.

44 posted on 09/26/2003 7:59:45 AM PDT by tallhappy
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To: freeperfromnj
If ya give this link time to load it's pretty darn good also! Had a lot of stuff I didn't know. ENJOY! Hollywood Greats
45 posted on 09/26/2003 8:14:03 AM PDT by Fighter@heart (I found this tag line on the info super-highway if it's yours or you recognize it please contact me!)
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To: tallhappy
Willis is hardcore Democrat.

He was with Gray Davis the other day fighting against the recall.

That'd sure be an interesting turn of events, given that we're talking about the guy who proclaimed that "Anyone who votes for Gore is a (expletive deleted) idiot!" (or similar words to that effect). Got a link to a news story on this?

46 posted on 09/26/2003 8:14:37 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Liberals are the crab grass in the lawn of life.)
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To: hchutch
Heck, is what Bruce Willis did LEGAL?


And is it ENFORCEABLE as a contract? I believe yes, that if he rufesed to pay, the captor would have a solid case, since he would have arguably relied to his detriment on the offer. Of course, Willis (if he wanted to avoid paying) could claim that the captor's detrimental reliance was not real consideration, because the soldier was performing a duty he already had, and would have done it regradless.
47 posted on 09/26/2003 8:15:28 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed
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To: merry10
Being involved with your kids and having a good relationship with your ex is one thing. Taking the kids on a date with the ex and her punk boyfriend and sit behind them while they schmooze for the paparazzi is quite another.

It's creepy, I was disappointed, I thought he was better than that. Take the kids to Disneyland while mom does her party hopping with the boytoy. Be the dad, not the ex's valet. Grow some brass ones, Bruce. Geez o'flip, you're creepin' me out, here...
48 posted on 09/26/2003 8:16:08 AM PDT by Hatteras (Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs...)
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To: areafiftyone
"Children are being taken care of, starting being inoculated, starting being looked after. Wherever these guys go they get thumbs up. They no longer have to contend with the terrorist leader," Willis said.

But the star later admitted he had not met many Iraqis because he had been travelling the country by helicopter.

It is not necessary to formally meet many Iraqis to notice people giving thumbs up to the troops and to be aware of childen being inoculated.

49 posted on 09/26/2003 8:20:35 AM PDT by alnick
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To: areafiftyone
I don't suppose Tim Robbins, Ed Asner or Martin Sheen will be doing the same.
50 posted on 09/26/2003 8:20:49 AM PDT by finnman69 (!)
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