More from Matt Damon on Hardball with Chris Matthews
Matt Damon did the College Tour at George Mason University in northern Virginia for MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews. The transcript is out. Here are more quotes on our topic:
MATTHEWS: Do you think if you waterboarded Cheney, like in the movie, that you’d get a different truth out of him?
DAMON: Well, there’s two answers to that question. One is he doesn’t strike me as the kind of person who has any real personal courage. When it was his turn to go, he didn’t go. He deferred six times.
MATTHEWS: He said he had other priorities.
DAMON: Yes, he had other priorities. And he doesn’t seem to have other priorities about sending other kids there and other peoples kids.
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QUESTION FROM STUDENT: I was just wondering, would either of you go to war right now? Not right now, I guess, but would you go to war if you were us?
DE NIRO: Well that’s such a complex question.
MATTHEWS: If you were drafted?
DE NIRO: Well, I don’t know, that’s another thing about the draft and so on, if it ever would come up again. I mean, I was for going to Iraq originally and then I saw, I realized that when we went in we didn’t know how to deal with it once we were there. We just thought they’d all cheer us and we’d be out and then they’d want Democracy. We’re dealing with—we were just talking about before—the thousands of years old cultures that have all their in-fighting, whatever. I mean, we can’t come in unless we have a real plan or strategy and I never thought that.
DAMON: There is this great book that just came out about that called “Imperial Life in the Emerald City.” That’s definitely a book worth reading, just about that. We kind of blundered in there with the best intentions, but nevertheless without a plan. So, but in terms of your question, I agree with Bob that it’s a complex question. It would depend on certain situations. I don’t think that it’s fair, as I said before that it seems that we have a fighting class in our country that’s comprised of people who have to go for either financial reasons or you know, I don’t think that that is fair. And if you’re going to send people to war, if we all get together and decide we need to go to war, then that needs to be shared by everybody, you know. And if the president has daughters who are of age, then maybe they should go to. [emphasis added.]
[OYE Comment] OK, Matt Damon. You're eligible to serve. Now that the loyal opposition is poised to take over the Legislative Branch of our government, have you considered volunteering for military service?