Syrian intervention gets a no-vote … from Sheryl Crow

Tim Kenneally
Sheryl Crow performs "Boys Round Here" at the 48th ACM Awards in Las Vegas
Sheryl Crow performs "Boys Round Here" at the 48th ACM Awards in Las Vegas, April 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

By Tim Kenneally

LOS ANGELES ( - In case you were wondering, a U.S. military strike on Syria would not make Sheryl Crow happy.

The "Leaving Las Vegas" singer dropped in at HuffPost Live on Wednesday to add her voice to the growing list of celebrities who've weighed in on the Syria crisis, a list that also includes "Vogue" singer Madonna and tough-guy actor Chuck Norris.

As it turns out, Crow is against a U.S. military intervention, likening a possible attack to "throwing a rock in a beehive."

"It is like throwing a rock in a beehive. We cannot know the outcome of going into a country that has that kind of instability and a lack of reason when it comes to leadership .... I'm never a proponent for going into somebody else's war."

While Crow did acknowledge that fundamental rules of civilization must be adhered to, she added, "I think that in those countries who have very different ways than we do, to go in and bomb or send missiles or whatever is really not the way to preach about freedom."

President Obama, who's been pushing for military action in Syria since an August chemical-weapons attack that reportedly left more than 1,000 dead, addressed the nation and said that he'd asked Congress to postpone a vote on the use of force in Syria in favor of a more diplomatic approach, such as convincing Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to surrender his chemical weapons.

Crow applauded the president's newfound stance, saying that it's uncertain how involved the Syrian leader was with the attacks.

"In this particular instance, we don't know how much Assad had to do with it, or how much he's a pawn in the game, and whether it's going to fuel a bigger movement," Crow offered. "It's very convoluted, and I appreciate the fact that the president is holding back and saying, ‘Let's exercise reason.'"