Filmmaker Michael Moore is known for his controversial views. And on New Year’s Eve the liberal documentary director continued the trend when he outlined his personal resolutions. While some of his goals are benign and commonplace — like pledging to walk more — a few are eyebrow-raising. Case-in-point: the fourth resolution on his list, which reads, “Stop saying, ‘I support the troops.’ I don’t. I used to.”
After admitting that he no longer supports American soldiers, Moore said he understands why so many people enlisted after Sept. 11, especially considering economic constraints. He went on to claim that many who joined “were then trapped and sent off to invade Iraq.” However, he believes that, at some point, everyone — including those who willing joined — should be accountable.
“But at some point all individuals must answer for their actions, and now that we know our military leaders do things that have nothing to do with defending our lives, why would anyone sign up for this rogue organization?,” he asked.
After making these points, the filmmaker issued his fifth resolution: Apologizing for his fourth resolution. While seemingly counterintuitive, Moore explained why he would apologize for his lack of support for the troops:
I have enormous respect for anyone who would offer to sacrifice their life to defend my right to live. Is there any greater gift one can give another? It’s not the troops’ fault they’re sent to invade other countries for dubious reasons and outright lies. It’s OUR responsibility to prevent this, to elect representatives who believe in peace, and to only put our troops in harm’s way when it’s absolutely necessary. My uncle was killed in World War II. Today would have been his 90th birthday. My dad still misses him. Our family has served this country in the military since the Revolutionary War. None of them watch Fox News.
So, there you have it. Is Moore conflicted or attempting to spark attention? Let us know in the comments section and for the rest of Moore’s resolutions, read his Huffington Post blog.