Country Singer With Most Famous 9/11 Song, Now Playing for Country that was Behind 9/11

Sunday, May 21, 2017
By Paul Martin

By Justin Gardner
May 21, 2017

Toby Keith, icon of modern country music, began making a name for himself in the 1990s, releasing his breakthrough single “How Do You Like Me Now?!” in 1998. Keith rose to stardom in 2002 with the song “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” which he wrote in response to 9/11.

That song captured the vengeful militarism that had overcome the U.S., as the Bush regime sought to capitalize on fear and anger to push wars of aggression in the Middle East. A “war on terror” was declared, and Islamophobia soared in the American populace. Facts didn’t matter, as long as U.S. warplanes were dropping bombs on Muslim countries, even if they had nothing to do with 9/11.

>“We’ll put a boot in your ass, it’s the American way,” declared Keith in his quintessential song.

Keith began visiting troops on the frontlines in 2002, playing his tributes to nationalism and militarism, helping the Pentagon whip up anger and aggression so the Bush/Cheney cabal could continue using 9/11 to pursue their goals of U.S. military hegemony – as described in the 1997 mission statement of the Project for the New American Century.

It didn’t take much to convince bloodthirsty Americans that “pre-emptive war” was needed in Iraq, based on lies about mythical weapons of mass destruction. Even though 15 of the 19 hijackers involved in 9/11 came from Saudi Arabia, which was known as a hotbed of terrorism and U.S. hatred, Saudi Arabia was completely spared from the so-called “war on terror.”

Keith kept right on, playing for soldiers in Iraq as military leaders heaped praise on him for helping to sustain the hatred and fear needed to destroy Iraq and rebuild it in the U.S. image. To Keith and so many others, being “patriotic” meant supporting whatever the military was doing, even if there was no rational basis for it.

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