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August 18, 2005

Freedom Concert


One of the things that’s been bugging me about the America Supports Orwell psyopfest is the conflation of the military with country music. Besides the Clint Black concert on September 11, DoD has also sponsored a country music series at the pentagon. See America Supports You “Salute” Concert Series Kicks-Off At the Pentagon Featuring Country Music Stars for more details.

I’m not the only one bothered by this. As the New York Daily News writes:

Whether or not a country music concert is appropriate for a day of mourning, I don’t know. The thing that rankles is that this concert will be beamed to our troops abroad, ostensibly as a morale booster. But ex-Marine Hoffman has his doubts.

“There were definitely some guys who still listened to country, but they were in the minority,” says Hoffman, who returned from Iraq last year. Most of the guys “are listening to rap or hard rock and metal.”

So why would Pentagon officials tap Black to perform? “They’re not playing to the troops,” says Hoffman. “They’re playing to who they view as their hard-core audience.”

In other words: red state voters right here in the U.S.

Why was Clint Black chosen for this event? Certainly not for his popularity in the DC music scene.


  1. Commenter Ebonius at News Hounds suggests another country star, Darryl Worley. He has a similarly jingoistic pro-war song, “Have You Forgotten?”, but it may have lost popularity because of the chorus:

    I hear people saying we don’t need this war
    I say there’s some things worth fighting for
    What about our freedom and this piece of ground?
    We didn’t get to keep ‘em by backing down
    They say we don’t realize the mess we’re getting in
    Before you start preaching
    Let me ask you this my friend

    CHORUS 1
    Have you forgotten how it felt that day
    To see your homeland under fire
    And her people blown away?
    Have you forgotten when those towers fell?
    We had neighbors still inside
    Going through a living hell
    And you say we shouldn’t worry ’bout Bin Laden
    Have you forgotten?

    Keith9:59 am, August 19

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