This performance from Whitney Houston’s first televised concert, Welcome Home Heroes, a flag-waving tribute to the US troops home from the 1990 Gulf War, is one of the most stunning golden powerhouse performances I’ve ever seen.
I was going to say that the problem with this is that it’s hard to enjoy the performance due to the fact that it serves as a gesture of uncritical support for the Gulf War (or at least the troops involved in it) without regard for the Iraqis killed by those troops or the dubious reasons why war was waged in the first place.
But the truth is quite the opposite. It’s incredibly easy to enjoy this performance. In the presence of Whitney in her prime rocking it hard and the smiles on everyone’s faces, concerns about an unjust war and the role of America in the Middle East just melt away. And maybe that’s the problem.