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Song: "16 Military Wives"
Artist: The Decemberists
Release Date: November, 2005
From the Album: Picaresque (2005)
Quick Take: Songwriter Colin Meloy has characterized the song as a "protest song" inspired by the Iraq War. However, though it does attack elements of the American foreign policy under George W. Bush (the lines "Because America can/And America can't say no/And America does/If America says it's so/It's so" in the chorus), "Sixteen Military Wives" focuses primarily on the news media and popular response to the war, particularly levying criticism at infotainment and the surface-level involvement of celebrities in public affairs.