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Bag’s Take-Away:What’s mostly to see here (from NYT Pics of Day) is military censorship; the fundamental anonymity of US wounded. Not only is soldier hidden, the platoon insignias are hidden and the heads are cut off. And then, how much are we seeing of the war that isn’t inside or steps from the safety/drama of those Medevac helicopters?
(photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP - Getty Images caption: A wounded American soldier was carried to a medevac helicopter. Two American soldiers were heavily wounded by gunfire and taken to Kandahar Hospital.)
Bag’s Take-Away:File under: pictures the Coalition really don’t want out there…… since the local Afghan police and army couldn’t handle the attack on the Intercontinental and the Coalition had to step in to end it all. I can’t tell the nationality of these “Non-Afghan soldiers”, but they look (and that’s why you’re seeing them, folks) like they’re straight out of a movie set. (TIME slideshow)
Bag’s Take-Away:In the US, there is some consensus that the war in Afghanistan was justified. At least when it started. Iraq may be considered closer to Vietnam. We call this photo “Last to Leave” and find it very interesting that a British magazine takes John Kerry’s words and applies them here.
How much is there to say about “the first still ever taken by an independent photographer during a live presidential address to the nation?”
Impressions of any isolation shot of a president speaking at a podium are necessarily granular. This being the one-out-of-ten available pics the NYT.com chose for tonight’s home page, however, what I notice — and it’s especially peculiar, given the historic relevance here — is that we don’t see Obama actually speaking. (Instead, he looks more focused on how he’s coming across.)
The capture and publication of a photo lacking an oratorical pose, of course, could be purely by chance. Given the intensely parsed and calculated nature of the new Afghanistan policy, however, it’s not surprising, really, the Times would opt for such a meditated-looking Obama not enunciating.
(photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP caption: President Barack Obama delivers a televised address from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 22, 2011 on his plan to drawdown U.S. troops in Afghanistan.)