Oklahoma country singer Toby Keith was asked at the National Press Club on Tuesday about the controversy over a Department of Homeland Security memo warning that former U.S. troops may be targeted for recruiting by right-wing extremist groups.
Here is the question: “What do you think about the officials who say young soldiers coming back from combat zones are dangerous?”
“Well they are dangerous,” Keith said. “Make no mistake about it. They are. But they’re not dangerous to this society. We’ve been bringing veterans back home for years and years and years and years. And they’ll single out one or two out that goes, you know, off on a binge sometimes and gets on a clock tower somewhere. But you know there’s so many of them that come back and mix right in and become great citizens … And you can’t beat the training and the respect and the adult that comes back when you send a boy over there, as a grown man.”