'All Those Stupid Things Richard Says'

You may have missed it, but this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) didn’t just play host to a myriad of presidential candidates, but to famed actor Richard Dreyfuss too.

Dreyfuss didn’t have a speaking slot at the premier conservative gathering, but rather was milling around the conference with his friend Roger Simon of PJTV.

Is the star of Jaws, Close Encounters, and W even a conservative?  No, not in the least.  In an impromptu interview with HUMAN EVENTS at CPAC, Dreyfuss strangely described his political leanings as “libo-conservo-rado-middle-of-the-road-o.”

When asked how he felt being around so many right-of-center individuals, Dreyfuss compared the experience to a fairy tale.  “Sometimes it feels like normal life, other times it feels like Alice in Wonderland.”

Slurring his words often, the Tinsel Town star had several conference participants wondering if he was “blitzed” during the interview.

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Meandering around CPAC must’ve been otherworldly for Dreyfuss.  His politics are not even on the same planet as mainstream Republicans.  After all, he wants the Bush administration tried for “high crimes.”  In fact, the only way he’d vote against Obama in 2012, he tells HUMAN EVENTS, is if the Republican nominee pledges to indict President Bush and those associated with the Iraqi conflict for war crimes.

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But Dreyfuss’ bizarre political ranting didn’t end there.  He accused the U.S. military of terrorism and even falsely claimed that the first Medal of Honor recipient in World War II was a “suicide bomber.”

“What army has not used terror?” Dreyfuss intoned.  When told that our military’s tactics are plainly different from the actual terrorist outfit al-Qaeda, he claimed that the United States Air Force “in toto was guilty of terrorism” due to the trail of collateral damage left after bombings.

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In erroneously asserting that the first Medal of Honor recipient in World War II was America’s version of a kamikaze pilot, Dreyfuss said, “His name is Colin Kelly and he put his plane into an aircraft carrier.” 

Not even close to the truth.

By the way, Capt. Colin P. Kelly was never the recipient of the Medal of Honor.  And he wasn’t a suicide bomber either.

The Florida native’s bombardier came under heavy attack by Japanese artillery and was unable to escape before the plane exploded.  According to Tallahassee magazine, as Kelly struggled to maintain control of the aircraft’s damaged instrument panels, he gave the order for “his crew [to jump] out one by one through various escape hatches.”

Kelly’s actions saved the life of his crew members, and for that display of courage, he was posthumously given the Distinguished Service Cross.

Perhaps Dreyfuss knew that his account of Kelly’s military career was revisionist.  This is how he encouraged us to verify the story:  “Go into the room that says, ‘All those stupid things Richard says.’ ”


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