Richard Belzer

For whom the Belzer tolls

March 19, 2006: According to actor and comedian Richard Belzer, American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are too uneducated to be expressing support for the U.S. military mission since they’re just “19 and 20-year-old kids who couldn’t get a job” and “they don’t read 20 newspapers a day.”

Belzer, who’s best known as Detective John Munch on NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit,” was a frequent guest on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

“They don’t read 20 newspapers a day,” Belzer said. “They’re under the threat of death every minute. They’re not the best people to ask about the war because they’re going to die any second.”

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