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October 1, 2009

Simply “Ouch”

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“Plastered smile” meets “forgot how to”? From McChrystal’s standpoint, the shot — taken today — smells of somebody twisting in the wind.

(image: Shaun Curry/AP. caption: U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, left, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, meets British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street, in London, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009. McChrystal, whose frank warning to President Barack Obama has raised grave doubts about whether the Taliban insurgency can be repelled, told British academics and reporters Thursday that the current coalition strategy is not winning over the Afghan people.)

  • tekel

    Maybe they can start a club for people with bad ideas.

  • jtfromBC

    Bush had his poodle, McChrystal favours a Scottish -
    an incisive, extensive analysis @ Tomgram:
    A Military That Wants Its Way – How to Trap a President in a Losing War-Petraeus, McChrystal, and the Surgette.

  • JayDenver

    I am struck by the contrast of the military jewelry and paraphernalia the general sports with the total absence of any sort of jewelry (flag pin, anyone?) in Brown’s ensemble. The general’s uniform would like much better when contrasted with Pope Benedict’s garb:
    I suppose the “look” is meant to draw attention away from the person and toward the “office.” Brown, in contrast, looks almost naked.
    In any case, their facial expressions hint at their mental state: the general looks surprised, Brown, undone.

  • jtfromBC

    Taken in front of a fireplace, now how quaint is that.
    McChrystal in his standard ramrod posture and smiling for mum, while Brown looks wasted.

  • jtfromBC

    There’s an inanimate quality about the men in this photo, ah yes, thanks Madame Trousseau.

  • gmoke

    It looks like somebody yelled, they turned, and snap – the picture got took.

  • zaynabou

    I thought Gordon Brown was Terry Jones from the Pythons.

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