Support Troops, Not the Mission? ‘That’s Insane,’ Says Dennis Miller

October 9, 2008 - 7:23 PM
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It is “insane” to say “support the troops, but not the mission,” comedian and radio/television personality Dennis Miller told CNSNews.com at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting on Tuesday.

“I respect kids who go into, you know, tough places and do the work that quite frankly, you can’t even image that they have the courage to do,” he said.   “So I began to look at them and heard so many people saying, ‘I support the troops, but not their mission.’  I thought that’s insane, their mission is the essence.”
 
Miller, who is national spokesperson for USACares and was at the AUSA annual meeting, added:  “I support the troops and their mission and I’m unabashed in that. I quite frankly shake my head sometimes at my country’s ability to equivocate with, you know, flat out American heroes -- the stuff of legend.” 

CNSNews.com asked Miller to discuss what influenced him to become the national spokesperson for USACares.

“Because if I didn’t I’d be an (expletive),” he said.  “The troops give us everything we have. You know, this right to be fractious over here, the right to disagree, the right for people to whine, the right for people to praise. I’m cognizant that we have none of it – none of it without our men and women who, quite frankly, put their earphones on and let us fight our silly, shallow fights while they go out and afford us that opportunity.”

Miller is a frequent political commentator on Fox News Channel’s “The O'Reilly Factor” where he appears in a segment called "Miller Time," and in "Real Free Speech" on Fox’s Hannity & Colmes. His career began on Saturday Night Live as a cast member in the late 1980s. He went on to host many of his own talk shows on HBO and CNBC. He currently hosts a nationally syndicated three-hour daily talk radio program.