Walker, Texas Ranger Says War is Working
The world is a crazy mixed-up place. When Paris Hilton passes for a celebrity and Hollywood's dowagers are thrown away like so many dirty socks, all we can do is surrender to the madness, sit back and enjoy the ride.
That's why it's not surprising that action heroes can become Governators, many South Pacific islanders view Rambo as a folk hero* or that Chuck Norris -- whose biggest qualifications are shirtless, oiled-up turns in macho-porn like "Missing in Action" and "Delta Force" (Tagline: "They don't negotiate with terrorists... they blow them away! ") -- thinks anyone cares what he has to say about the progress of the war in Iraq.
But Norris, currently visiting troops in Iraq, is doing his part to single-handedly balance out Hollywood's outspoken anti-war critics -- like Sean Penn (who has also had firsthand experience on the ground in Iraq), Martin Sheen and, most recently, Sally Field. While most celeb assessments continue to be bleak and highly critical of the Bush administration, Norris -- in an e-mail to conservative news site WorldNetDaily -- writes: The "surge is working" and "morale is up -- way up!"
Nevermind Pentagon reports about deteriorating security and anecdotal evidence that the U.S. presence there is harming, rather than helping, the Iraqi people. When Walker, Texas Ranger speaks, President Bush listens. Now if only Snake Plissken, Xena and RoboCop would just speak up.
* Paul Theroux's take on Rambo in the Solomon Islands.
| September 19, 2007; 10:43 AM ET
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