|SONG OR ARTIST
|"Ride of the Valkyries" by Richard Wagner
||U.S. infantry, Ramidi, Iraq, June 21, 2003
||Get pumped up Apocalypse Now-style before a raid
||Raised specter of Vietnam-type quagmire
||And we thought only fictional GIs liked the Ring cycle.
|Themes to Barney, Sesame Street; "Enter Sandman" by Metallica
||U.S. Army Psy-Ops Company, Iraq, June 2003
||Interrogate prisoners about the whereabouts of WMDs
||WMDs still MIA
||It's not easy being fedayeen.
|Celine Dion, Sheryl Crow, Dixie Chicks
||U.S."Commando Solo" planes, broadcasting tunes and propaganda into Iraq, spring 2003
||Persuade Iraqis they had "nothing to fear" from U.S. invasion
||Society unprepared for assault of Titanic theme song devolves into looting
||"I'm sure she would be happy to do anything to help," said Dion's spokesperson. Crow, Chicks less sure.
|"Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses, as well as Hendrix, Quiet Riot, etc.
||4th Psy-Ops Group, Vatican Embassy, Panama City, December 1989
||Force Manuel Noriega to leave Vatican Embassy, where he'd taken refuge
||A lifelong opera lover, the Pineapple surrenders.
||"We received a note from the nuncio protesting either the loudness of the music or the quality, I'm not sure which," a U.S. official said.
|"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" by Nancy Sinatra, "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus
||FBI, Waco, Texas, March 19, 1993
||Get David Koresh and his followers to leave Waco compound
||FBI later admits sleep-deprived Davidians may actually have been more susceptible to Koresh as a result.
||Koresh's own recordings, like "Sheshonahim," more in singer/songwriter/ megalomaniac mode
|"Rock the Casbah" by The Clash
||U.S. Armed Forces Radio, Saudi Arabia, 1990
||Kickoff to Gulf War I
||GIs proceed to rock Iraq and roll into Kuwait.
||Still asking ourselves, Should we stay or should we go?