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Old 11-09-04, 03:20 PM
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Madonna calls for US troops to leave Iraq

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LONDON (AFP) - US pop star Madonna made a rare foray into politics, calling for her home country to withdraw its troops from Iraq during an interview with British radio.

"I just don't want American troops to be in Iraq, period," she said on BBC Radio.

"My feelings are 'can we just all get out?'," said the 46-year-old star, who lives mainly in London with British film director husband Guy Ritchie, who said she believes the US-led war will not help in the fight against terrorism.

"Global terror is everywhere. Global terror is down the street, around the block," she said.

"Global terror is in California. There's global terror everywhere and it's absurd to think you can get it by going to one country and dropping tons of bombs on innocent people."

Madonna's best known belief is her adherence to the Kabbalah, a faith based on the study of Hebrew texts which has become increasingly popular in recent years, notably among music and film stars.

On other subjects, the singer said the recent US presidential election had illustrated how US society was "becoming very divided".

"People are becoming very polarized," she said. "We have people who don't want to think, and who just want to guard what is theirs, and they're selfish and limited in their thinking and they're very fearful in their choices."

Madonna said that her personal choice for the presidency would have been Wesley Clark, the former four star general who was well beaten to the Democratic nomination by John Kerry.

"I thought very carefully about it. I thought Wesley Clark had the best leadership qualities," she said.

"If he had the same political experience as Kerry he could have bridged that gap."
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All celebrities should leave the country!

Ok, flame on.
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Well, she didn't really call for them to leave. She just wishes there was a way they could come home.
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Ah, the President of the Music Industry Brain Trust speaks.
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Re: Madonna calls for US troops to leave Iraq

Originally posted by Myster X
http://au.news.yahoo.com/041109/19/rnmi.html

LONDON (AFP) - US pop star Madonna made a rare foray into politics

Made it that far before I burst into a rage of laughter.....
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Old 11-09-04, 03:30 PM
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She's just proving the formula that she has proven many times before:


Career in the shitter + Publicity stunt = Desperate attempt to become important again
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Old 11-09-04, 03:36 PM
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Originally posted by cdollaz

Career in the shitter + Publicity stunt = Desperate attempt to become important again
Interview with BBC Radio = Publicity stunt?
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Interview with BBC Radio = Publicity stunt?
Yep.
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Old 11-09-04, 04:11 PM
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rare foray into politics?? When did rare come to mean ALL the time!!

Its so nice to hear Madonna speak out on this issue. Ever since 'Like a Virgin' came out I've always valued her as a credible, valid authority on US foreign affairs...not to mention one hot military intervention expert!! If she says its time for the troops to leave its gotta be right!
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Let's not overblow this. Madonna gave her opinion on the war in an interview. Big deal. She's entitled to her opinion.

It's lot like she held some big anti-war rally and paraded coffins around.
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Old 11-09-04, 04:17 PM
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Originally posted by Thor Simpson
Let's not overblow this. Madonna gave her opinion on the war in an interview. Big deal. She's entitled to her opinion.
Very well put, Thor.
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Originally posted by Thor Simpson
Let's not overblow this. Madonna gave her opinion on the war in an interview. Big deal. She's entitled to her opinion.

It's lot like she held some big anti-war rally and paraded coffins around.
indeed. She was probably asked the question, and she gave an honest answer. No need to fault her for that.

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"I just don't want American troops to be in Iraq, period,"


her, and about 25 million other Americans....
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"We have people who don't want to think, and who just want to guard what is theirs, and they're selfish and limited in their thinking and they're very fearful in their choices."
i.e. "The Red States"
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It's sort of strange that Madonna supported a man that wanted to start World War III.

Of course, Madonna doesn't have a clue to what the reprecussions of a U. S. withdrawal would be.
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Of course, Madonna doesn't have a clue
Fixed.
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On a related note, the BBC will be interviewing Donald Rumsfeld next week. He'll be giving opinions on likely Madonna tour dates, the outfits she'll be wearing, gossip about one of her backup singers, and what the first single from her next album should be.
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Originally posted by bboisvert
On a related note, the BBC will be interviewing Donald Rumsfeld next week. He'll be giving opinions on likely Madonna tour dates, the outfits she'll be wearing, gossip about one of her backup singers, and what the first single from her next album should be.
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On a related note, the BBC will be interviewing Donald Rumsfeld next week. He'll be giving opinions on likely Madonna tour dates, the outfits she'll be wearing, gossip about one of her backup singers, and what the first single from her next album should be.
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Originally posted by Thor Simpson
Let's not overblow this. Madonna gave her opinion on the war in an interview. Big deal. She's entitled to her opinion.

It's lot like she held some big anti-war rally and paraded coffins around.


Drudge apparently thought this was HUGE news however.
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Originally posted by CRM114
Drudge apparently thought this was HUGE news however.
Man, I never knew you had a negative view of Drudge...
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Originally posted by bboisvert
On a related note, the BBC will be interviewing Donald Rumsfeld next week. He'll be giving opinions on likely Madonna tour dates, the outfits she'll be wearing, gossip about one of her backup singers, and what the first single from her next album should be.
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Old 11-09-04, 06:25 PM
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She's just proving the formula that she has proven many times before:


Career in the shitter + Publicity stunt = Desperate attempt to become important again
According to the article she was doing an interview. They probably asked all sorts of questions. I love how the headline says she wants the US troops to leave and the first sentence says she wants the US to pull the troops out.
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I love how the headline says she wants the US troops to leave and the first sentence says she wants the US to pull the troops out.
Exactly. When you look at her actual words, the effect is just <i>slightly</i> different.

Granted, I haven't heard the entire interview to know what her intentions were.
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