Recently somewhere there was a thread on Sean Penn's visit to Iraq. He was pretty much raked over the coals by many including me. I also took Hollywood celebrities to task too! This past weekend I heard approximately 10 to 15 minutes of a portion of an interview of Penn by a CNN correspondent. The portion I heard exclusively covered Penn's visit to Iraq. He was asked direct and pointed questions about his visit to Iraq including questions about his motives and many of the negative criticism directed towards him for his visit. My hat goes off to him and my apologies out to him. Based upon his responses to those questions Penn struck me as a sincere, thoughtful, altruistic, mature, introspective, patriotic, and a concerned American. He and I may differ significantly on our political views and on what we should or should not do with Iraq, but he has won my respect.