12/19/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Reading The Pictures: Obama's Art Of War


Now that the Obama era is underway, consider this the first illustration (and casualty) of the new art of war. (And, I'm not talking about the way Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Bolton, Bush, McCain and those other cavemen thought to practice it. I'm talking about something a lot more Taoist.)

In June, Obama hit Joe with the stick (taking him to task for disloyalty on the Senate floor), and yesterday, he finished him off with the carrot. In allowing Lieberman to retain his chairmanship of the Homeland Security committee after Lieberman played footman to McCain and banged away at Obama for months, Lieberman stays in the Democratic fold but in a severely weakened and dependent state.

But then, words are superfluous in comparison to this brilliant picture by Getty's Mark Wilson. Not only does a chastened Lieberman wear the face of a schmuck, in the absolute center of a sea of reporters, he commands the attention of no one.

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