Gary Sinise speaks out in defense of ...

Gary Sinise speaks out in defense of military with 'Brothers at...

There are 166 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 9, 2009, titled Gary Sinise speaks out in defense of military with 'Brothers at.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

As we talk and tour the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in the South Loop, Sinise's gravel-and-coffee-grounds growl picks up momentum and passion.

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Captain America

Champlin, MN

#22 Mar 10, 2009
Thank you Gary.

Your respect for our brothers, sisters, neighbors, friends who proudly serve our country honorably is admirable.

These men and women put self interest aside in order to bring liberty and freedom to others. There is no more honorable gift to mankind.

These men and women, and their waiting families and friends, deserve our praise and fondest respect.
john patrick

South Bend, IN

#23 Mar 10, 2009
Thank you,Gary.
Interesting that DePalma passed up an opportunity to refute the charge that he hates America's Army. A truly despicable clown.
Mark

Melrose Park, IL

#24 Mar 10, 2009
Thank you Mr. Sinise. You are a true American patriot.
yos

Dover, DE

#25 Mar 10, 2009
Just think wrote:
I'm confused - where's all the republican outrage over this story? Aren't they the ones who are always telling Hollywood types to shut up about politics and the military and global warming and on and on? Shouldn't there be a bunch of posts from the right wingers telling Mr. Sinise to shut up and just act?
Your right, that is usually the case. But how can you get down on a man like Gary Sinise. He travels to Iraq to support the troops. I would stand behind anyone who did this. Im sorry, but most celebrities who complain about politics never ever see Iraq, and they probably dont have family in the military. Gary Sinise is a completely different kind of celebrity type. He doesnt just BS about what he believes in, he takes action. Constructive action.
Your no better than the repubs. Your just trying to take a shot at someone.
Irene

Twinsburg, OH

#26 Mar 10, 2009
Thank you, Gary Sinise! You are a GREAT AMERICAN@

“What type of f--kery is this??”

Since: Dec 07

South Shore/Chatham

#27 Mar 10, 2009
I have always respected Mr. Sinse as an actor...

However...this story, which is based upon his personal belief system regarding the current American military...shows me without a shadow of a doubt how dangerous and limited it is when you only look at things from one viewpoint...
Whatadummies

Chicago, IL

#28 Mar 10, 2009
Bude wrote:
Poor Gary. He spending way too much time talking to Bill O'Reilly. That would make anyone nuts.
...and you spend to much time in watching Seen Paean, were he plays roles of demagogues like himself.
windycity

United States

#29 Mar 10, 2009
You know, sinise is a good guy, but preaches to the choir a bit much. never saw "Redacted" and don't plan on it. But it serves as a reminder, we tend to think of our soldiers as the good guys by default, I know of few regular folks who don't (matter of fact none). Everyone I know supports our troops, I think Sinise just assumes that folks absorb all the negative we hear about, nice that he has such a low opinion of us. Frankly, I think he assumes too much. If he wants to impress me, he can enlist....
MinisterR

Chicago, IL

#30 Mar 10, 2009
Right, a great way to understand people is to lump them all into one stereotypical group, and call them names. Bravo, genius.
jordan wrote:
i love sinise as an actor, but it seems to me if he hasn't seen depalma's film, he really has no business slamming it or making such a harsh personal attack on depalma. just like all those empty heads who shoot their mouths off about michael moore - or any filmmaker - without ever seeing his films.
DarrellD

United States

#31 Mar 10, 2009
Lala11_7 wrote:
I have always respected Mr. Sinse as an actor...
However...this story, which is based upon his personal belief system regarding the current American military...shows me without a shadow of a doubt how dangerous and limited it is when you only look at things from one viewpoint...
As Bugs Bunny would say, "what a maroon!" Only a maroon would believe that the truth about our military is merely Sinise's "personal belief system". The viewpoint that's "dangerous" is your inability to distinguish truth from lies.
Just think

United States

#32 Mar 10, 2009
yos wrote:
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Your right, that is usually the case. But how can you get down on a man like Gary Sinise. He travels to Iraq to support the troops. I would stand behind anyone who did this. Im sorry, but most celebrities who complain about politics never ever see Iraq, and they probably dont have family in the military. Gary Sinise is a completely different kind of celebrity type. He doesnt just BS about what he believes in, he takes action. Constructive action.
Your no better than the repubs. Your just trying to take a shot at someone.
Actually, I took no shot a Mr. Sinise. I made no reference to him at all - I took a shot a hypocritical right wingers.

And just so I understand your logic - if the next article is about George Clooney highlighting the problems in Darfur, where he has been many times and about which he is quite knowledgeable - we shouldn't expect any slams of Clooney for being a crazy liberal who should just be quiet and act...right?
MinisterR

Chicago, IL

#33 Mar 10, 2009
Which is actually the point he is making. My friend who knows Gary well says he read the Depalma script and final cuts of the movie so he knows what the movie is about. He just refused to give the movie any of his money so he didn't go and see it. Something he is free to do right?

Also, Depalma refuses to this day to share is motivation for his film because as he has said it speaks for itself.

I for one know that no system or group is perfect. I think we can agree that there are bad people in every group, profession or organization. How we portray that group says more about us than it does about them.

- Signed 15 year Navy vet, father of 2, husband, small business owner, property owner, minority, never voted straight ticket or party, born and raised in South Shore/Hyde Park.
Lala11_7 wrote:
I have always respected Mr. Sinse as an actor...
However...this story, which is based upon his personal belief system regarding the current American military...shows me without a shadow of a doubt how dangerous and limited it is when you only look at things from one viewpoint...
Dave

United States

#34 Mar 10, 2009
Gary has my respect for speaking out in behalf of our nation's veterans. Unfortunately he is the only voice you hear from the dismal group of Hollywood actors who only criticize and undermine our country and its values. While Gary may not have served in the military his deeds are recognized by those of us who have, and by those who continue serve this great country. To the rest of the Hollywood group I say; " Until you put on a uniform of one of the branches of the military and experience things first hand, please keep your comments to yourself.
Proud former member of the U.S. Air Force.
Chi Town

Wood Dale, IL

#35 Mar 10, 2009
I've seen Moore's films they are CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAP!!!!!!
jordan wrote:
i love sinise as an actor, but it seems to me if he hasn't seen depalma's film, he really has no business slamming it or making such a harsh personal attack on depalma. just like all those empty heads who shoot their mouths off about michael moore - or any filmmaker - without ever seeing his films.
Whatadummies

Chicago, IL

#36 Mar 10, 2009
MGM wrote:
The best way to honor our sons and daughters in uniform is to send them on honorable missions. Iraq is not one of these.
Why???? Sept.11-th 200Why???? Sept.11-th 2001... ring any bell? USA is only military and ..yes moral... superpower and with it comes obligations .... ring any bell? USA is only military and ..yeas !!!… moral superpower and with it comes obligations. We went to Iraq to free people like us from brutal political regime.
Jan

AOL

#37 Mar 10, 2009
Mr. Sinse has done a great deal for the American Military and thier families. There are many of us out here who agree that "news" organizations first pick the negitive (and often not properly researched) and push it to the public to gain headline attention and misguided attempts to "sell" thier newspapers or ratings for thier shows. Very rarely does a newspaper, except local rural one make it past the front door and weeklys glossy full of pictures and gossip not much proven journalistic reporting stays on the newsstand at the local grocery store. We very carefully choose news sources bases on thier past performance and crediblity. We use the same methods to choose movies. We are looking forward to seeing Brothers at War based on it's story line. Kudos to Mr. Sinse and all that he does volunteering his valuable time to a worthy cause, the fighting men and women in the United States Military!
Kearby

Pasadena, TX

#38 Mar 10, 2009
MGM wrote:
The best way to honor our sons and daughters in uniform is to send them on honorable missions. Iraq is not one of these.
Really......freeing millions from the hands of a deranged sociopath/murderer and helping to establish a stable government elected by their own people in a part of the world that has NEVER known such a thing....that is not honorable? You don't have a friggin' clue.
Mike

Chicago, IL

#39 Mar 10, 2009
WWIIbaby wrote:
Here's the deal. Go to the airport some time when troops are leaving or coming back. Anti-war protesters are there and why shouldn't they be? Proud families are there and why shouldn't they be? Pro-war demonstrators are there and why shouldn't they be? THIS IS AMERICA!! Interestingly enough, most people in ALL of these groups say hello to ALL of the soldiers and most of them say, "Thank you for your service."
All of the above is as it should be.
Gary Sinise is a great guy and so are all these Americans--in the service and in the airports and on the streets.
THIS IS AMERICA!! SPEAK YOUR PIECE!
Of course they say thank you, because they are thankful. People like Gary Sinise, and people who are uber-conservatives, don't see the difference, it's all black and white. If you're anti-war that means you want our troops to die and you think they're murders and rapists. If you're pro-choice it means you're in favor of killing babies. If you support drug treatment programs it means you want to legalize drugs. The list goes on.
Vaughan Johnson

Hinsdale, IL

#40 Mar 10, 2009
john patrick wrote:
Thank you,Gary.
Interesting that DePalma passed up an opportunity to refute the charge that he hates America's Army. A truly despicable clown.
Or he could be trying not to get dragged into a public battle just so Sinise can promote his movie.
yos

Dover, DE

#41 Mar 10, 2009
Just think wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually, I took no shot a Mr. Sinise. I made no reference to him at all - I took a shot a hypocritical right wingers.
And just so I understand your logic - if the next article is about George Clooney highlighting the problems in Darfur, where he has been many times and about which he is quite knowledgeable - we shouldn't expect any slams of Clooney for being a crazy liberal who should just be quiet and act...right?
Yes, thats exactly what I meant. You were taking a shot at republicans. Its obvious that you dislike republicans, not Sinise. I do not reside on the left, or the right.

Clooney does stand for what he believes in. I completely respect that. He can criticize the government all he wants. If he wants to try and save the world, thats fine. This doesnt bother most people. Most ordinary Americans only ask that their soldiers, whom are their friends and family members, be respected. Not depicted as rapists, murderers, etc. Sinise does what a lot of ordinary folks wish they could do. This is why he isnt being attacked. Surely you can respect that.

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