August 10, 2005


Posted by Arcane Gazebo at August 10, 2005 3:56 PM

Via everywhere (e.g. James Wolcott): can this possibly be right?


WASHINGTON - The Pentagon will hold a massive march and country music concert to mark the fourth anniversary of 9/11, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in an unusual announcement tucked into an Iraq war briefing yesterday.

'This year the Department of Defense will initiate an America Supports You Freedom Walk,' Rumsfeld said, adding that the march would remind people of 'the sacrifices of this generation and of each previous generation.'

The march will start at the Pentagon, where nearly 200 people died on 9/11, and end at the National Mall with a show by country star Clint Black.

Maybe it's just my elitist coastal attitudes, but a fucking country music concert does not strike me as a solemn observation of the anniversary of a horrific terrorist attack. It's so inappropriate as to be incredibly offensive.

Obviously, this has nothing to do with respecting the victims of terrorism, but is a transparent attempt to boost militaristic sentiments when the public is becoming disillusioned with the war, as well as further propagate the bogus link between Iraq and 9/11. But expecting guys like Rumsfeld to exhibit any shame or sense of decency is too much at this point.

Tags: Bush Administration, Politics

Maybe they're hoping to remind would-be terrorists that the US government has country music and isn't afraid to use it.

Of course, that only gives other countries another reason to hate us.

Posted by: Mike^2 | August 10, 2005 4:44 PM

This is true. Who knows how much violence and anti-American sentiment is due to Toby Keith alone, never mind the rest of the genre.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | August 10, 2005 5:54 PM

The excerpt from the article read just like a parody. In fact, if I were sent this as an e-mail out of context, I would have _assumed_ it was a parody.

This whole thing reminds me of Tom Lehrer's "The Folk Song Army."

One of the versus of the song:

"If you feel dissatisfaction
Strum your frustrations away
Some people may prefer action
But give me a folk song any old day"

Although Lehrer is talking about military action in this song rather than other types of governmental policy (like not going to war), the current thing still seems like a choice of music over doing something real, so it reminds me of this song in that respect.

And I agree that loudly broadcasting country musics gives all the more reason to hate us. We could at least be obnoxious with better musics. Of course, I suppose our leaders wanted music that comes from the moral heartland of country...

Posted by: Mason | August 10, 2005 10:15 PM

Better music, even.

Why I started proofreading _after_ I clicked 'post' is beyond me...

Posted by: Mason | August 10, 2005 10:16 PM
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