Entertaining the troops

Entertaining American troops in war torn countries was once a role taken very seriously by artitsts and celebrities. It carried prestige and kudos for the artists who gave of their time and talent, and had innumerable morale benefits for those on the front line. But the current war in Iraq is less black and white for entertainers, who now wrestle with the message their presence might send.
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When pop singer and teen actress Lindsay Lohan recently announced to the world at large her desire to perform for US troops in Iraq, her offer was met with stinging ridicule from the media.

“I wanted to do what Marilyn Monroe did, when she went and just set up a stage and did a concert for the troops by herself,” Lindsay commented, referring to her idol’s visits to US troops in Korea in the 1950s. “I’ve been trying to go to Iraq with Hillary Clinton for so long. Hillary was trying to work it out, but it seemed too dangerous.”

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