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White House as Green Zone

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These two posts appeared, adjacent, one atop the other, on the splash page of HuffPost today.

The first:

Novak: Bush Isolated From GOP Lawmakers

The second:

Rocket Infiltrates Heavily Fortified Green Zone

Butting up against each other, the two headlines generate a metaphor: the White House as the Green Zone. A heavily fortified encampment, where no truth can penetrate, save the occasional long-range mortar.

Inside, all is civil. Outside, all is civil war.

Reporters visit and think they've seen the country.

Within it, you are safe. You make your own reality. Heaven help you, though, if you ever need to take the road to the airport...