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O'Reilly calls nine-year military vet "anti-military"

Reported by Chrish - August 9, 2007 -

Geoffrey Millard, nine-year veteran and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, was a guest on The O'Reilly Factor tonight 8/8/07 to discuss a recent column by Joe Copeland in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The column was about the decision in Seattle, by the Parent Teacher Student Association and the Board of Education, to limit military recruiters' access to students on high school campuses. To his credit, O'Reilly did not, on television at least, call for an Al Qaeda attack on Seattle.
With video.

From the article:

The students with a group called Youth Against War and Racism are quite frank about their motivation. Kristin Ebeling talks about wanting "to cut the military off at its source."

(Copeland agrees:) Slowing the supply of troops for an out-of-control administration to wage a wrongfully launched war is a good idea.

When the School Board votes on a new policy Wednesday, the young people presumably won't get the strict controls they'd like. But they have raised attention that moved the district toward a tighter, better policy.

The plan before the board from its Student Learning Committee is reasonably good public policy. It would limit any organization to two recruiting visits per year at any school. And officials say it will define visits more clearly, so that military recruiters can't constantly pop up as "volunteer" chaperones at proms and such. Those changes will comply with the demands of federal law to allow military recruiters equal access with others.

The Youth Against War and Racism would go further, proposing a policy that looks perfectly workable and apparently meets the federal requirements. The group would have the district ban all in-school recruiting and instead set up twice-a-year, districtwide fairs for college, military and job recruitment.

Millard wants to inform students; the Truth in Recruitment Movement wants potential recruits to know about possible exposure to depleted uranium, the fact that nearly a third of female veterans report military sexual violence, and the large numbers of returning vets suffering PTSD. O'Reilly said he didn't think those were facts; he thinks they're anti-military propaganda, and Millard is sounding more and more like the anti-military types. Millard cited his nine years of service (rats, he didn't challenge O'Reilly's lack of same) and said it was preposterous to call him anti-military.

O'Reilly misrepresents the issue as if it is Copeland and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer who presented this "theme," as O'Reilly called it, of "starve the military" when a casual reading shows it was instigated by students and parents, and Copeland merely agrees. He further misrepresented the issue by exaggerating the degree to which the schools want to scale back recruiting and insinuating they were trying to default on NCLB terms.

O'Reilly spins, spins, spins Millard's words and accuses the vet of "wanting to hurt the military," then gives himself props for donating "hundreds of thousands of dollars" so that returning vets may be taken proper care of. (Is he talking about the retail value of all the Culture Warrior books shipped overseas?)

He accused Millard of being sly, then asked him if he would be disappointed if things turned around in Iraq. Millard first said disappointment wouldn't play into it, so O'Reilly badgered him for a yes or no answer, "Sir, with all due respect, sir," and when Millard called it a loaded question and refused to answer yes or no, O'Reilly got louder and ruder and finally just thanked him and ended the segment.

Classic O'Reilly, demanding a yes/no answer and refusing to allow the guest to elaborate or address the issues behind it.