Are they that deserving, or was this really that uninteresting a year?

“American Soldier” named Time’s “Person of the Year”
WASHINGTON (AFP) – “The American Soldier” has been named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year,” the magazine announced.
The weekly said Sunday that it was using the term broadly to include men and women in all branches of the US armed forces — 1.4 million in uniform and 1.2 million in the reserves.
“For uncommon skills and service, for the choices each one of them has made and the ones still ahead, for the challenge of defending not only our freedoms but those barely stirring half a world away, the American soldier is TIME’s Person of the Year,” TIME editor-at-large Nancy Gibbs said in a statement.
Seceretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld suggested the choice when Time editors met with him at the Pentagon in November, the statement said.
The United States has about 120,000 troops currently serving in Iraq and some 9,000 hunting remnants of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, according to the US Central Command.
US soldiers got the salute from Time in 1951 when it named “The US Fighting-Man” “Man of the Year” during the Korean War.
Three women who spoke up about abuses at their workplaces — the FBI, WorldCom and Enron — were named “persons of the year” in 2002, and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani took the nod in 2001 for his leadership during the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.