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Wednesday Soundtrack: War, what is it good for?

Submitted by on March 4, 2009 – 12:20 pm2 Comments

One of our CFO’s favorite books in the office is The Art of War.

In it we are told “Sun Tzu appreciated the effect of war on the economy and was undoubtedly the first to observe that inflated prices are an accompaniment to military operations. No country has ever benefited from a protracted war.”

On February 27th, President Obama, who frequently refers to history, declared: “Next month will mark the sixth anniversary of the war in Iraq. America can no longer afford to see Iraq in isolation from other priorities – the United States will pursue a new strategy to end the war through a transition to full Iraqi responsibility.”

He continued, astutely pointing out that “service does not end with person wearing the uniform”, but extends to family members and communities.

As you know, music often reflects current social concerns and with the pending return home of many soldiers, we’re reminded of tracks like
“Tie A Yellow Ribbon” by Tony Orlando.

For our money, we elected to make our five selections the following:

Solomon Burke - King Solomon - Keep a Light In the Window

“Keep A Light In the Window” -  Solomon Burke

Robert Cray - Twenty - Twenty
“Twenty” – Robert Cray (if your question is how did we end up in Iraq altogether)

U2 - U218 Singles (Deluxe Version) - Sunday Bloody Sunday
“Sunday Bloody Sunday” -  U2 (Obama’s favorite President is Abraham Lincoln, who presided over the Civil War.  There’s plenty of that, or at least internal conflicts, the world over, in this song)

Bob Marley - Rastaman Vibration - War
“War” – Bob Marley (There are wars of ideas and cultures brought on by perceived differences which are likely to repeat itself if we do not heed Bob Marley’s advice)

War - The Very Best of War - Spill the Wine
“Spill The Wine” – War (This group often invoked alternate realities)

In a coming edition we’ll explore “war of words” dis songs and as a company we’ll advise against clashing colors ;)

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  • luxurylife says:

    Chapter 2 of the Art of War says the longer a war the more harmful the impact on the country supplying the war these are teachings from 2000 years ago and the still ring true guess Bush didnt read the book tho 10 billion a month that war costs America and been going on 6 years now do tha math on that and you will see we are in a sad state over this the republicans need to say is needless spending bring those troops home and start saving money now cut this wasteful spending ASAP!!!

  • Damn I’m lazy cause I have art of war on audio lol. Yeah that is so true, not just money wise but the morale of the troops, town, depletion of sources etc. It’s also said that there is no real winner in war because both sides suffer losses. Losses get bigger as the war goes on. To top that off it leaves you vulnerable for another enemy afterwards.

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