They neglected to list these entertainers who have visited Iraq (there is a much longer list of those who have visited the troops in Afghanistan and many other locations around the world) as part of an official USO tour:
Warrick Dunn of the Atlanta Falcons
Lawrence Izzo of the New England Patriots
Toby Keith (a country singer you have probably never heard of, according to The Guardian)
Colin Quinn (again)
Second City Comedy
The McFadden Brothers
And this list does not include other entertainers who have gone to Iraq who were not part of a USO tour, like, uh, Bruce Willis, Charlie Daniels, Drew Carey, Bo Jackson, George Bush, Tony Blair, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Dick Cheney, et al.
Visiting Iraq to entertain the troops is not without its risks, even after the entertainers return. The punk-rock group, The Vandals, was scheduled for a series of performances in Austria after returning from Iraq but the concerts were canceled. Band member Joe Escalante wrote this in his diary:
Now they have decided to cancel our show here because we played for the troops in Iraq and they have put up some really sad stuff on their web site that says we played for "murderers and idiots."The Vandals official response to the Austrians canceling their scheduled performances was:
As a band with zero political songs, yet 10 about diarrhea, we were pretty amused that the Arena Club in Vienna, Austria found something to rally against in our visit to Iraq to entertain soldiers.
TAGS: Iraq, USO, entertainers, The Vandals, Armed Forces Entertainment