MSNBC Analyst Chris Hayes: I’m ‘Uncomfortable’ Calling Fallen Military ‘Heroes’ (Video)

MSNBC host Chris Hayes finds it contemptible to remember the war dead as heroes. After all, it will probably just lead to more war.
Via NewsBusters:

NewsBusters provided the transcript:

CHRIS HAYES: Thinking today and observing Memorial Day, that’ll be happening tomorrow. Just talked with Lt. Col. Steve Burke [sic, actually Beck], who was a casualty officer with the Marines and had to tell people [inaudible]. Um, I, I, ah, back sorry, um, I think it’s interesting because I think it is very difficult to talk about the war dead and the fallen without invoking valor, without invoking the words “heroes.” Um, and, ah, ah, why do I feel so comfortable [sic] about the word “hero”? I feel comfortable, ah, uncomfortable, about the word because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. Um, and, I don’t want to obviously desecrate or disrespect memory of anyone that’s fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism: hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow soldiers and things like that. But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic. But maybe I’m wrong about that.

Yes. You would be wrong about that, Chris.

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  • Bruno

    Hayes’ heroes are the American Idol contestants who give their energy, their creative spirit, their emotion, all and despite the real talent they possess the AI judges still reject them, leaving them despondent and broken. Damn you, Randy Jackson!

  • RKae

    Why do I think his idea of a hero is a man in high heels, feather boa and g-string dancing down the street in a “pride” parade?

    Just when I think the left has nowhere lower to go, they dig their hole deeper. Must be the “shovel ready” jobs we heard so much about.

  • SeniorD

    Has Mr. Hayes ever served his country? Has this cretin ever thought about the freedom he enjoys that came from the sacrifice of others willing to put their lives on the line for his contemptable life?

    Nothing he says, nothing he does will remove the stain his specious, contemptable speech has made.

  • Callie369

    Dumbama is the only “hero” in his book! Chris is one miserable POS!!!!

  • Spartan79

    Hayes needs to remember Orwell: he (and others of his ilk) “sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf”.

  • Roman

    I think most cowards are very reluctant to see others, who otherwise seem ordinary, to sacrifice for the good of their country when they themselves would not. Too bad, it has been said that those who have served enjoy their feedom a bit more. Those who have given their life in service to our country are truely heros.

  • CommieJuice

    I’m uncomfortable calling MSDNC a real ‘news’ organization. I’m also uncomfortable giving any kind of credibility to anyone they would hire to host or be a paid contributor.

  • Tim in Cali

    Somehow,I believe he thinks Havey Milk is hero

  • kato

    Television: Produced by idiots for idiots.

  • Robin

    I kind of agree with him. Just because someone was killed in a war doesn’t make them a hero. I served 25 years and saw soldiers die. No one called them heroes, but they were just as dead as if it had been war. Just because you serve doesn’t make you special. Its what you owe your country anyway.

  • Buffalobob

    This a person who wets himself watching “do you think you can dance?.

  • Linda

    Just TRY and do one tour in Afghanistan…and I guarantee you you will have no problem calling them Heroes!

  • Carmelita

    A villain is a person who gets everything he wants at no cost to himself but at great cost to others. It helps to understand villainy to see why members of the left are antithetical to heroism. They cannot project their villainy onto it, and must on some level cede that a hero is something they can never be. That’s really what makes this guy uncomfortable.

  • Militant Conservative

    Come out here in fly over country and say that.

    Powder is dry

  • Tim in Cali

    My definition of a Liberal

    One who wakes every morning at the crack of noon,whose supreme goal is the never ending pursuit of perfecting stupidity,ignorance and arrogance…

  • regularguy

    Spoken like a pitiful soul who has never and will likely never live for a cause greater than himself. He’ll only know the wretchedness of self-absorption and the accompanying anxiety that his life has little or no meaning, if he has any soul at all. Pathetic.

  • Militant Conservative

    #10 May 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm
    Robin commented:

    Your a bigger fool then.

  • JPL17

    The survival of civilization depends on reasonable men being willing to kill fanatics, at the risk of their own lives. See, e.g., . By belittling the men on whom the survival of civilization depends, Chris Hayes places himself among the lowest forms of human life that exist.

  • Multitude

    Actually, he’s got a point.

    To Progressives, giving up one’s life through self sacrifice is nothing special. The state owns all life and in general, is quite comfortable sacrificing millions for whatever it deems necessary. The life of an individual just really isn’t that special to them. It’s about the group.

    To an individualistic society, they get all worked up about the loss of life and tend to treat it differentiation. But Mao has explained that it would be nothing to lose 100 million or more Chinese for some cause the party deemed useful. It would be nonsensical to suggest a progressive would then somehow feel an obligation of tribute and recognition to people merely doing what was expected or required of them.

    Great leaders are heroes, like Mao, Obama, Lenin or Stalin. Masses who are sacrificed for the needs of the state require no such respect to any true Progressive.

  • RWiss

    I feel comfortable punching this pencil neck progressive in his face.