It’s always amusing when a fiercely anti-war entertainer wants to perform for wounded soldiers. I’ve always found this a little like PETA offering to tap dance for animal testing lab technicians. It just goes to show you, among the entertainment left, attention trumps conviction almost all the time.

Sometimes though, the soldiers aren’t buying:

Anti-war folk singer Joan Baez says she can’t figure out why she was not allowed to perform for wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, though she suspects it might have to do with the anti-war thing.

In a letter to The Washington Post, Baez said rocker John Mellencamp had asked her to perform with him last Friday.

“I have always been an advocate for nonviolence and I have stood as firmly against the Iraq war as I did the Vietnam War 40 years ago,” she wrote. “I realize now that I might have contributed to a better welcome home for those soldiers fresh from Vietnam. Maybe that’s why I didn’t hesitate to accept the invitation to sing for those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Um, I just don’t think they like you or your politics, Joan. Men and women who are risking their lives and limbs take their jobs very seriously, and for a folk singer whose political opinion says soldiers are risking their lives for a bogus mission to offer to sing a friggin’ Pete Seeger song for them is an insult, not a compliment.

Give a concert for somebody who’ll appreciate it — like Harry Reid.


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