February 25, 2003

Different strokes for different folks

Alert Reader Kenneth Summers sent me this article, on the quite different attitude one Miss Sheryl Crow had towards an earlier American military venture. I'm reproducing the entire thing here for posterity:

Singer-turned-anti-war-activist Sheryl Crow deplores President Bush's plans to liberate the people of Iraq, but she was singing a different tune when President Clinton dispatched U.S. forces to Bosnia in the 1990s.

In fact, not only did Crow not protest when Clinton sent U.S. forces to the Balkans, she traveled to the region with then-first lady Hillary Clinton to show her support and joined a USO tour to entertain the troops.

"Once over there I felt extremely patriotic," Crow told USA Today in April 1996. "Here are these people, from 18-year-olds to military veterans, enduring real duress for the cause of peace."

The singer then gushed, "I don't ever want to play for a regular audience again, only military folks who are starving for music."

Crow was so supportive of the Clinton administration's decision to use military force in the Balkans that the Toronto Sun referred to her as "Hillary Clinton['s] sidekick in Bosnia."

The war-protesting songstress even penned a tune about what she saw. Dubbed "Redemption Day," the composition was "an anthem condemning America's apathy toward Bosnia," according to the Albany Times-Union.

I leave you to come to your own conclusions.

Posted by Andrea Harris at February 25, 2003 11:38 AM

This crisis isn't about Saddam, the U.N., the French, or unilateralism. It's about Bush. Its politics 101, and frankly, after 9/11, I find it quite disturbing that the left, in its blind hatred for Bush, has taken this course.

Posted by: JACITELLI at February 25, 2003 at 12:03 PM

I remember admiring Sheryl "Eating" Crow for entertaining the troops. Dag.

Dare we hope this tidbit gets widespread distribution? Has anyone alerted CNN or Fox News?

Posted by: Dave at February 25, 2003 at 12:29 PM

Actually, since the anti-war movement is composed of people from a broad spectrum of political ideologies, I have concluded that the pro-war movement is composed mainly of right wing Bush supporters who ar loathe to admit that the man they support could possibly be wrong! They are willing to plunge the country into warfare rather than broach the possibility of another solution just so their man can save face. Now that's disturbing.

Posted by: Horatio at February 25, 2003 at 12:43 PM

And you would be wrong, Horatio, but then, I think you're stupid, so of course you would come to this conclusion. Why don't you go bother someone else's blog, you boring troll?

Posted by: Andrea Harris at February 25, 2003 at 01:00 PM

Horatio, since only a few million people came to your marches, then there are either well over several billion "right-wing Bush supporters" or there are also a "broad spectrum of political idealogies" who are for removing Saddam. Don't be daft.

What other solution would you propose besides removing Saddam? Sanctions haven't worked. The only hurt the Iraqi people and do nothing to stop Saddam. Inspectors don't work because Saddam was still producing chemical and biological weapons while the inspectors were still in Iraq in the mid 90's. Inspectors will never work while Saddam is actively keeping information hidden from them. So what other solutions would you recommend?

Posted by: Chris at February 25, 2003 at 01:04 PM

Wrong? Bush can be wrong? But that implies that I should make up my own mind about the war based on the facts as I understand them! I have to think for myself? Oh the horror! sob

Oh wait, I already did that. Nevermind.

Posted by: Rita at February 25, 2003 at 06:48 PM

Yea no kidding.

We have all made our minds up about the Iraq situation to whatever degree we chose. Bush didn't just hap upon this idea of attacking Iraq by himself. I am a republican but I also disagree with some of the Bushisms, such as announcing there was an axis of evil, etc.. but to think that this is a war created and orchestrated by Bush alone ranks up there with the all-time ignorant statements I have ever heard.

12 years and literally hundreds if not thousands of sanctions and resolutions regarding Iraq. No other country in the history of the world has been debated about and given this many chances to comply. No other country has ever had this much chance to do the things everyone in the international community has demanded it comply with. There was a 15-0 vote on resolution 1441. This was the last chance at a full declaration and disarmament. Do the math.. Bush has been in office less than two years. If you like Clinton or are a dem go see Clinton's speaches about Iraq.

Posted by: chrisj at February 25, 2003 at 07:24 PM

for the record, i have never liked sheryl crow. ever. not since all i wanna do is have some fun. not redeemed by strong enough to be my man. most certainly not changed by if it makes you happy. soak up the sun falls into the same category. i have never liked her music.

and the woman? gads. she's got half a brain. it would be nice to see her use it.

Posted by: bran at February 25, 2003 at 10:21 PM

The only thing involving Sheryl Crow I like is her backup singing on Counting Crows' song 'American Girls'.

Posted by: Kevin Parrott at February 25, 2003 at 10:44 PM

Wasn't there a poem about this guy? Horatio Hiding Under The Bridge*, something like that?

And then the biggest Billy Goat Gruff came along trip-trap, trip-trap, and poked his eyeballs out through his ears.

*not to be confused with Horatius Cocles, a Roman brave and true.

Posted by: Niccolo Machiavelli at February 25, 2003 at 11:00 PM

" not redeemed by strong enough to be my man."

That song always made me want to start singing Dylan's "It Aint Me Babe." I've had enough experience with high-maintenance women in real life, I sure as heck don't that attitude coming out of my radio.

Posted by: ralph phelan at February 26, 2003 at 11:18 AM

Anti war, anti meat, anti life, anti capitalizm. You people make me sick....

Posted by: Anti-Anti at March 3, 2003 at 02:03 PM