Nope, we sure can't have anything tasteful for the fourth anniversary of 9/11. We've got to have a big honking patriotic country music concert. I will, however, give them credit for choosing a genuinely nice guy like Clint Black. It would have been really over-the-top to choose Toby Keith, who would have reminded us of his solemn delight in wanting to break off his foot in some Muslim ass.
Besides, a moment of silence would make us look like wimps. And with more and more Americans distrustful of Bush and disliking the Iraq war, we've got to make some noise and get some people excited about killing people in the name of 9/11 again. U S A! U S A! U S A!
Postscript: Via Demagogue, I discover that old Clint had done his own little paean to Bush's war called, ugh, Iraq and Roll. No doubt he'll play this tune at the ceremony, which means that they'll be once again linking 9/11 to Iraq when there is no link and making this little shindig more about the current war than about those who lost their lives four years ago. Nice going there, Clint. Besides, I just realized that when I made the "genuinely nice guy" comment, I was confusing Clint Black with Garth Brooks. Sorry there, Garth. My mistake. Loved you on "The Muppet Show".