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Blink-182's Mark Hoppus says he advised the military on capturing Saddam Hussein

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In the early 2000s, Blink-182 was an inescapable fact of life. Their pop-punk singles dominated MTV, the radio, movies about high school kids trying to get laid, and the Discmans of 14 year-olds across the world.

They were so influential, in fact, that they may have even played a role in the capture of Saddam Hussein during the 2003 Invasion of Iraq ... at least, according to bassist, vocalist, and possible military advisor Mark Hoppus.


Responding to that tweet going around that asks people to share “the least plausible story about yourself that’s true,” Hoppus revealed that roughly 15 years ago he told American military officials his novel idea for how to locate Hussein.

Instead of leaving us all in suspense as to the details of this enticing story, Hoppus elaborated:


Unfortunately, this Navy Admiral hanging out with Mark Hoppus—on an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf during the first year of the Iraq War—ended up taking a different approach to Hussein’s capture, the American military launching the successful Operation Red Dawn. Presumably, JCS was unsure of whether Blink-182's cultural cachet would hold up in the future and decided, instead, to hitch their wagon to a different kind of regrettable, teen-focused American pop culture.

Still, this doesn’t change the fact that Blink-182 is, apparently, an immensely powerful band. From using its magick energies to destroy Fyre Fest to helping the American government handle UFO research and, now, providing military operation plans, the group has moved on from all the small things to matters as important as detaining enemas of the state during America’s Iraq show.


[via Stereogum]

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Reid McCarter

Contributor, The A.V. Club. Reid's a writer and editor who has appeared at GQ, Playboy, and Paste. He also co-created and writes for videogame sites Bullet Points Monthly and Digital Love Child.