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January 28, 2009

Gitmo: Putting A Face To A Name

obama takes over gitmo.jpg

I realize I’m out of sync with the news cycle, last week being “Gitmo week” and this week being “Stimulus Legislation week.”

Still, I continue to think about this image, and what Colin Powell said early on about Iraq and the “Pottery Barn” rule. I always thought it was pretty much true, that you break it, you own it. Still, now that Obama has been “slotted in” as the C.I.C., there’s really no equivocating. “44” owns it now. It would be the case regardless, but the inheritance is reinforced by the visual chain formed “up the line” by Bush’s and Obama’s Secretary of Defense Gates overlapped by the photo of Bush, which is connected to Obama through the officer’s left hand.

Of course, my solution is simple: Demo the wall.

(image: Brennan Linsley/AP. U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, January, 20, 2009)

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