TRAVIS TRITT -- TROOPS DESERVE OUR SUPPORT

In response to the Dixie Chicks' recent comments about the war and President Bush in particular, Travis Tritt spoke out recently.

Tritt says that he has never felt it was his place, as an entertainer, to "get in the middle of political debate waged by other celebrities," but "because of recent comments made by some of my fellow entertainers I can hold my tongue no longer."

In an interview, he blasts Natalie Maines for her comment that the group is ashamed that the president is from their home state of Texas.

"It's time for celebrities to start supporting the military troops in Iraq," he said. "The bottom line is: what's going to happen is going to happen. To be a good American -- regardless of which side you're on -- you have to get behind President Bush. More important, you have to get behind the troops."

Tritt added that Maines' comments "were made primarily because it was in front of an audience that agreed with them," and that making the comment overseas, as opposed to in the U.S. was "sort of cowardly and I think it was a cheap shot."

He adds: "If the Dixie Chicks really wanted to do something to prove just how sorry they are about those statements, they would volunteer to go and perform at some military base."

Travis recently spent some time with the troops at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina and says that negative comments from Americans, especially those in the public eye, are "destructive and damaging to the morale of our servicemen and women and to our country in general. Our military men and women are putting their lives on the line for each and every one of us and deserve nothing but our unfailing respect and support."

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