Do British Troops get Pop Star Treatment?

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Fox TV commentator Bill O'Reilly visits U.S. troops in Afghanistan
Jeremy Herron, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK - Bill O'Reilly thinks American troops are not getting enough support - from the charity that sends over entertainers, the USO.

After a surreptitious trip to Afghanistan last weekend, the cantankerous Fox News Channel commentator told The Associated Press that he is disappointed that the United Service Organizations "doesn't put anybody out there (in Afghanistan)."

"I went to thank these guys on behalf of me and my audience," he said in an interview from Istanbul, Turkey. "As far as I know, the only famous people in the past year were (country music singer) Toby Keith and me."

The USO - the organization that famously brought Bob Hope to Vietnam and Marilyn Monroe to Korea - did not immediately return calls seeking comment. The non-profit charity group has been active sending comedians and professional golfers on entertainment tours to bases in the Persian Gulf.

O'Reilly, who flew to Afghanistan on Friday to visit Camp Eggers in Kabul and Bagram Air Base, has long been upbeat about the U.S. mission there. He has also been an impassioned supporter of the troops, unwilling to recognize any shades of grey when it comes to expressing opinion on the Armed Forces.

O'Reilly said he we went to Afghanistan to get an impression of the state of affairs there, but it was unclear whether he moved about the country without military escort or spent any time outside of the U.S. bases.

He met with General Dan McNeill, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, and Major General David Rodriguez, the commander of U.S. forces there. "The O'Reilly Factor" will air interviews with the two commanders and other footage from the trip, which ended Sunday, next week.

But O'Reilly's main purpose, he said, was to pat the troops on the back.

"We'll hear a lot from the soldiers themselves," he said. "Nobody visits these guys, tells them we appreciate what they're doing."
 
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Do British Troops get Pop Star Treatment?
Yeah they do.
Everytime I used to step out onto the square with a sneer on my lips, combing my hair back into an Elvis quiff - a bunch of NCO's and the RSM used to scream at me.

"Where's your fcuking beret you cnut!!"
 
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I've seen Shawaddywaddy in Banja Luka, does that count ?



I also saw Bobby Davro in Dungannon and Linda Lusardi in Belfast, no prizes in guessing which I prefered
 
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NEW YORK - Bill O'Reilly thinks American troops are not getting enough support - from the charity that sends over entertainers, the USO.
They don't put anybody out there because in spite of being dead for forty years Marilyn Munro is still off her face and Bob Hope's corpse wouldn't survive the journey in one piece.
 
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I saw a lot of Pop Star treatment over the Thanks Giving holiday here in the States. I flew to Las Vegas from Nashville and saw a few troops (in uniform) flying home for the four day weekend.

The Troops in uniform were the the first to board the plane. Once aboard, they were given free booze for the 3 hour flight. Numerous passengers on the plane got out of their seats to shake hands and thank the young squaddies for their work. I had dinner the same night at a Hibachi restaurant and there was a squaddie at my table. A business man at my table picked up his tab.

If I wasnt so far up my own arse I would have done the same, but I am way too shallow and selfish to take part in such nonesense.

Calm your jets there Bill. (insert celeb name here) may not be visiting the troops abroad, but they are certainly looked after on the homefront.
 
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goodkurtz said:
Do British Troops get Pop Star Treatment?
Yeah they do.
Everytime I used to step out onto the square with a sneer on my lips, combing my hair back into an Elvis quiff - a bunch of NCO's and the RSM used to scream at me.

"Where's your fcuking beret you cnut!!"
My bold

says it all really.
 
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parapauk said:
Bill O'Reilly is a cnut - end of.
He's also fcuking mad. A couple of months ago he nearly hit a female colonel on his show who disagreed with Bush's assessment with how big a threat Iran was. I think he'll end his days in a lunatic asylum.
 
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jack-daniels said:
I know that Katherine Jenkins has been to Iraq and I'm sure she's off to Afghanistan soon as well.
Yes she seems to do well but what about the other mega British Stars who don't, do they care enough to support the troops? It would be interesting to find out why in between making their millions they can't find time to support the troops by giving a free show. Surely its not too dangerous?
 
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I heard a story about Jim Davidson doing his stand-up routine in a sweltering hut in Belize. A big moth fluttered in front of his face so he scrunched it whereupon an NCO in the front row said, "You realise you've just fecked the air conditioning, don't you?"

Before the flak starts, give Jim his due. His heart's in the right place and, unlike most celebs, he has raised money for loads of Service causes.
 
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I've seen Nell McAndrew and Jim Davidson in Kuwait, Ed Byrne and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders in Qatar, John Barnes, Jakki Degg and Leah Newman in Afghan, and recently Ewan McGregor in Bas.

McAndrew was pushed into the plunge pools whilst wearing a skin-tight white top mmmmmmmm.............
Davidson let rip at the Yanks in the audiance
Byrne offended every spam in the crowd (90% of the audiance were american) with repeated use of the word cnut
John Barnes threw his toys out of the pram when all the lads paid more attention to the girls than him.

The rest were seen from afar.
 

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