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Apr 01, 2007

Since November (#1): Shooting The Messengers

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Following the dramatic mid-term election, Vanity Fair's February "Portraits of Power" issue highlighted 14 people or groups that constituted Washington's "new ruling class."  Presented high up up the list -- right after Obama, Hillary and Nancy Pelosi -- were this pair.

My question is: Did VF miss the boat giving Baker and Hamilton such credibility?  ... Or, did they and the Iraq Study Group play a bigger part in roping in the Administration than they get credit for?)

To me, the photo -- even now -- plays it right now the middle.  On one hand (especially with Baker looking so funereal), these guys look like two upscale salesmen left out on the porch because no one would open the door.  On the other hand, they also have the look of witnesses, as if messengers of conscience, just waiting for the Administration to finally figure it out.

This eight day series, titled "Since November," looks at images that have caught The BAG's attention over the past four months. Many are inspired by the change in political landscape following the Democratic Congressional victory in November. In this stretch, I am taking some time off, leaving the site -- and the conversation -- in your hands.

(image: Christian Witkin.  photographed at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  Washington.  Vanity Fair.  February 2007.)

 

Comments

Was this picture taken before or after they realized that Bush was going to ignore their report?

It doesn't look like a "portrait of power" to me. I guess their suits are nice, but you can't really tell. They're not surrounded by any trappings of power - not even the desk or the book-laden shelves that are often the backgrounds for various "experts". It could be just blue sky behind them, with a cloud made of text.

Lee Hamilton looks like he's twiddling his thumbs. They're two old retired guys looking for something to do. They thought they had found it, but alas... that didn't work out. It reminds me of "Grumpier Old Men".

These two gentlemen are used to controlling the process in a quiet, unconfrontational manner, very old-fashioned, but effective in the past. The question is still active: will this method of manipulating the argument work with the single-mindedness and the bellicosity of the Bush Administration? I'm betting that the exposure of Rove, et al, is weakening Bush's team and its supporters to the point that these old Establishment pro's will prevail, ultimately, fueled by the impatience of the majority of US citizens who want war to end.

These two gentlemen are used to controlling the process in a quiet, unconfrontational manner, very old-fashioned, but effective in the past. The question is still active: will this method of manipulating the argument work with the single-mindedness and the bellicosity of the Bush Administration? I'm betting that the exposure of Rove, et al, is weakening Bush's team and its supporters to the point that these old Establishment pro's will prevail, ultimately, fueled by the impatience of the majority of US citizens who want war to end.

These two gentlemen are used to controlling the process in a quiet, unconfrontational manner, very old-fashioned, but effective in the past. The question is still active: will this method of manipulating the argument work with the single-mindedness and the bellicosity of the Bush Administration? I'm betting that the exposure of Rove, et al, is weakening Bush's team and its supporters to the point that these old Establishment pro's will prevail, ultimately, fueled by the impatience of the majority of US citizens who want war to end.

The Bag says " they also have the look of witnesses " that's true as I visualize the door banging geriatric folks flogging the word.
They do look "funereal" however, individual political histories offer ample reasons for their facial features but I'll spare the reader on this.
However on the report itself, smoke and mirrors, sophisticated recycled policies from two of Americas best aging true warrior/believers in US global dominance regardless of form.

"The country's political elite wants to ignore the American people's doubts and build a new consensus behind a strategy of staying in Iraq on an open-ended basis, with no exit in sight." The Guardian's Jonathan Steelen http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,,1965998,00.html

glenngreenwald.blogspot.com/2006/12/principal-sin-of-baker-hamilton-report.html

Some people never go away. Like a cancer. Why won't these two asshats just ride off into the sunset to some retirement village to golf, play shuffleboard, enjoy a nice colonic and OD on Geritol vodka cocktails? Unfortunately, in this sad case, old folk are living longer when in days of yore they'd be where they rightfully now belong... overlooking statuary park at Forest Lawn. Not to belabor the point but, DIE already will ya!

Our government is broke because we continue to recycle the same tired losers who, with shovel at the ready, have buried this country for the last thirty years. WASP politicians who could not get a job in the real world without a connection and when unleashed onto in the private sector bankrupt companies dumb enough to employ them.

RIP USA... the sooner this country disappears from the face of this blue ball the better off this planet will be.

The Messenger was The Message

For months, and in a sense ~ even longer than that ~ George H.W. Bush had been shut out, all but ignored by his son, the President. By March, 2006, that's when the Iraq Study Group was publicly announced, was there any doubt, really: what message James Baker III was supposed to deliver, and to whom ?

no. of course not ~ there never was and still is little reason to actually read the ISG Report... i mean, James Baker... period.

Stop it ! that was the message... and if James Baker was the messenger, then: the message was from Daddy; Carlyle, et al, Stop it, and if you don't we will.


après Mr. Baker : House of Bush, House of Saud

=> Saudi King calls Americans "Occupiers" of IRAQ

"Is your husband in the Occupation ?"

"What did you do during the Occupation, Daddy?"

"My son died / was wounded during the Occupation"

"Democrats tried in vain to stop the Occupation"


Republicans insist, the Occupation can be "won".


I immediately noticed the contrast between the dispositions each man is projecting.

Baker looks like he is literally taken aback, stiffening his spine as if the recipient of an insult. The man looks ill and disillusioned. He tries to maintain a dignified appearance, but note the jacket bunching over the tie and the left side of his face tightening in the shadows. His right hand, clenched into a fist, is held steady by the left. That boy has failed us all. Controlling his anger, he wears a blue tie of resignation.

Hamilton, on the other hand, is pissed off but patient. He doesn't take the insult personally, although he would like to deck the offender. But he has dealt with little shits before. They come and go. So he'll wait, relaxed, ready to spring forth.

KING CLAUDIUS:
Thanks, Rosencrantz and gentle Guildenstern.

QUEEN GERTRUDE:
Thanks, Guildenstern and gentle Rosencrantz:
And I beseech you instantly to visit
My too much changed son. Go, some of you,
And bring these gentlemen where Hamlet is.

GUILDENSTERN:
Heavens make our presence and our practises
Pleasant and helpful to him!

Kudos to ready...indeed the messengers never reached their goal, killed this time by a man that thinks to much but a man that thinks not at all!

"not by a man...."

damn my fast typing!

They look like a couple of sickly old funeral directors trolling for business.

Interestingly silent messengers now. After their message not a peep! Why?

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