Monday, January 26, 2009

In Miami Herald interview, Hollywood nitwit says Bill Kristol is an "idiot" for saying the US won the Iraq war

Comments made by empty-headed celebrity Matt Damon in a published interview have resulted in a $100,000 challenge for Damon to debate conservative columnist Bill Kristol.

Matt Damon was interviewed by the Miami Herald's Glenn Garvin, and let loose with this gem about conservative NYT columnist Bill Kristol:
“He’s an idiot — he wrote that we should be grateful to George Bush because he won the Iraq war. We! Won! The! War!”
Saddam Hussein is gone, al-Qaeda in Iraq has been decimated, and the Iraqi government is a functioning democracy. Not many left-wingers can admit it but the US won the Iraq war. I was also amazed by some other stupid things about Damon revealed in the Miami Herald interview. Apparently Damon, as a Dedicated Multiculturalist, wants to make sure he doesn't bash other countries in his films. Here is an anecdote from the Weiners, who worked with Damon on a film:

The Weiners discovered just how political when Damon started arguing with them about some lines he was supposed to read in one episode, which said rising Chinese soybean consumption was leading to slash-and-burn farming in the Brazilian Amazon.

''He really objected,'' Hal Weiner recalls. "He wanted to make sure we were not just bashing China. We had to bring in some scientists to talk to him before he'd do it.''

You think Damon would care about reading lines which bashed his own country?

Big Hollywood, published by Andrew Breitbart, says it is offering $100,000 to Damon (or to the charity or carbon credit of his choice) to publicly debate Kristol at a mutually agreed upon time, date and venue. Good for Andrew. Kristol has already accepted.

Hat tip: Powerline (Photo credit: Reuters)

UPDATE: Corrected the headline to reflect Damon's point was over the Iraq war, thanks to the commenter who pointed this out.


Anonymous said...

1) the pullout was about a "We won the war." quote. If we won, why are we still there fighting, and who are we fighting. If you win, don't hostilities normally cease?

2) "There were zero attacks on the US after 9-11." What does the Iraq war have to do with 9/11 attacks?

Anonymous said...

A fantastic turn of events! I told a friend last month that I had an idea for "celebrity debates" -- and wondered if might be one of few possible ways that people might be able to hear a conservative message CONTRASTED with liberal talking points.

Imagine these debates, televised (somehow), pitting Hollyweird celebrities against conserative commentators. Bill Kristol vs. Matt Damon doesn't excite me as much as Sean Penn vs. Rush or Susan Sarandon vs. Mark Steyn, but hey, maybe there are possibilities out there.

If there's ANYTHING we can do to make this debate happen, and see that it's televised, we should try to do it!
- Susan

Anonymous said...

He looks like spitzer with the classic frown

McClatchy Watch said...

Anonymous 4:32 --
Yes, Damon definitely has the Spitzer frown going on.

Anonymous said...

I am totally tired of Hollywood’s leftist nitwits. I have taken my stand the old fashioned way; I don’t give them a dime of my money.

Anonymous said...

hey. you lose credibility when all you do is complain about politics. is that why your ass got kicked to the curb as a reporter? were you a bad reporter? could you be objective? as a journalist, i rejoice that you are no longer part of this profession. do you even have a job yet?

Anonymous said...

Profession? He called it a profession! Well, if you consider whoring a profession I guess that would include contemporary journalism.

Anonymous said...

McClatchy type journalism has no credibility left. Employees that stay on the sinking ship, screaming for help, are going to end up in a sea of unemployed leftist scribblers. Washing dishes at home may help prepare you for your new “profession.”

Anonymous said...

Damon is right. Saying that we won the Iraq war is nonsense. And if you want to see a classic goofy expression, look at Kristol. He looks like he's on drugs. Hmmmm....