Wednesday, August 10, 2005

9/11 March and Concert 

Talk about bad ideas:
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.

Nothing sounds as cheesy as a Pentagon led march, followed by a country music concert.
That piece of it is disturbing since we all know now there was no connection," said Paul Rieckhoff, an Iraq veteran who heads Operation Truth, an anti-administration military booster.

Rieckhoff suggested the event was an ill-conceived publicity stunt. "I think it's clear that their public opinion polls are in the toilet," he said.
Rieckoff's right, a military led march, with a country music concert is an obvious attempt to strike a cord with the Red Staters (especially in the South), boost the Administrations lousy approval ratings, and increase more faux patriotism from the idiots who think Bush can do no wrong. It reeks of bad taste. And, why do I get the impression that more planning has been put into "Operation Boost Approval Ratings", than into the War in Iraq?

I live about 2 blocks from the Pentagon, I think I'll sit it out with this guy.

Update 8/10 4:06PM: Wouldn't a march, honoring the 9/11 dead, from the Pentagon to the Mall be a perfect target for terrorists? We can't go living in fear, and cancel every event that "could be a target for terrorists", but this one is fairly ripe.

Update 8/10 4:36PM: Conspiracy Theory Alert: This march/concert is just a Rovian attempt to rouse anti-Bush protestors so that they can be labelled "Anti-U.S. Solider". Perhaps, the Pentagon is the one that's "anti-Soldier", couldn't they spend the march/concert planning money on armor for our equipment in Iraq?


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