06/16/2006 03:20 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Reading The Pictures: Our Intention Is (Not To) Glorify Him



There's a visual classic in this morning's L.A. Times -- and a great example of how the Bush administration does propaganda. 

From all indications -- including the picture with the multiple mugs; the giant scale; and the presentation frames --  the military is bending over backward to find themselves a new "face of evil" in Iraq -- even if they're not sure who he is or how much weight he's pulling.  Says Bush's national security advisor, Stephen Hadley:

"We're not actually certain that he is the person who's going to step forward to lead this organization. There's still some uncertainty on that," Hadley told reporters. "That's clearly one of the leading names. But we're going to need a little bit of time to sort [it] out."

In the meantime, check out the quote in the caption:  "Army Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV glances at a poster with a picture of a man the U.S. military says is the new leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq.  'Our intention is not to glorify him,' he said."

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(image: Karim Kadim/AP. LATimes.  June 16, 2006.  p. A30)