(The Best of the Bag Decade is our end of the year, end of the decade look at some of the best BAGnews posts and analysis.)
The Iraq War has been (and still is) a frequent subject on BAGnews and, frankly, such a topic of government and media spin that I find it impossible to highlight the best posts in a single entry. This is particularly true when I read through the sharp analytic comments posted by our readership over the years. To encapsulate the coverage, I’ve restricted myself to the year and a half following the 2004 election, a time when the Bag moved to consistent posting of photographs instead of political cartoons. It was also a time in which the war propaganda machine played at full power to a usually compliant media.
We begin with the 2005 White House photo release of a 2003 image showing staged strategery of the Bush Administration's “war planning” in Pizza II,
The aftermath of the election saw further examples of the government and media spin on Abu Ghraib, noted in BAG’s The Most Obscene Pictures Taken at Abu Ghraib and the “framing” of low-level soldiers in Lynndie Comes Up Short.
The post-US election time period also marked the first photograph by Alan Chin posted on the site (which brought about a fascinating discussion of the embed process) and the posting of the equally uncomfortable imagery of War As Child's Play.