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Reading The Pictures: Our (Lieber-) Man In Iraq?

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Although the term "American imperialism" has fallen out of use, its practice has been more than revived since George Bush came to power.

If, as rumored, Lieberman replaces Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense, and Allawi -- with the assistance of secret C.I.A. funding and support -- becomes the next and full-time Prime Minister of Iraq... what would make this first image that much different than the second (except that, this time, our man in Baghdad might be -- only initially, of course -- a little less crazy, and a little bit more accountable than our last one was)?


For three elections now, Dr. Shaw has been looking at Iraqi through the perspective of its campaign posters. To view the series at BAGnewsNotes, which continues daily through the election this Thursday, see: Distant Ballots, Poster Wars.

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(image 1: J. Scott Applewhite/A.P. September 23, 2004. Caption: Iraq's interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, right, is greeted by Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., left, as Allawi arrives in the Chamber of the House of Representatives to deliver a speech to Congress, at the Capitol in Washington.... Allawi told the assembly, "Thank you America," and said his country is moving successfully past the war that ousted Saddam Hussein and vows that elections will take place next year as scheduled. image 2: original unattributed. Via