"Operation Steel Curtain, Iraq 2006"
Art collector, patron, humanitarian advocate and all-around-great-guy James Wagner is also a longtime blogger. Every so often, he posts a short essay on JamesWagner.com that warrants wide distribution. (Lacking significant broadcast reach, I can only recommend those posts here.)
James' thoughts regarding the election of Barack Hussein Obama parallel my own, and he states the case much more succinctly than I could. I include some excerpts below.
"We endured eight disastrous years of a Bush presidency, years which saw both the haughty ascendancy and the ignoble collapse of the unmourned Late Capitalist, Neoconservative and Republican regime. Nothing of importance or worth in our own Republic or in much of the rest of the world has escaped the depredations of its arrogance, its sententiousness, its dominion and its greed. I had believed for years that no fundamental political change would occur until we had sunk into a genuine economic depression, and I had gloomily predicted the change would be toward some form of Fascism."Pony up, people. We've got work to do.
"I hadn't anticipated the confluence of the dramatic events of the last year and the exceptional capabilities of Barack Hussein Obama...But in order to rebuild institutions, restore well-being and a belief in the future, the new President will have to pull off something like a major revolution."
"Without that full recognition of the seriousness of our crisis, and with the continuing strength of contemporary skeptics, dinosaurs and reactionaries, including the fact that almost as many people didn't vote for him as did, Obama will almost certainly have to push through what must be, and almost certain will be, an extremely progressive agenda while not making it look too radical, and he will have to do it in a way that will disarm and even enlist on its behalf as many of its potential adversaries as possible."
"I know there will be mistakes, as FDR made mistakes, but, and call me Pollyanna again, I believe he will pull it off, partly because of what I have just written, but also because he will have so much help (both enthusiastic and skilled), and because we have come to such a pass that we all really want to see him to succeed: Regardless of our diversity, and despite the vast range in our individual conditions and current fortunes, none of us can afford the cost of failure. We'll have to be in there with him."
Read the full post here.
Peter van Agtmael
"A teenager injured as his house is searched by US forces, Iraq 2006."
Also, I recommend James' post on the Battlespace project's unpublished photographs from our "three wars." I have included three of the images in this post, but I highly recommend readers visit Battlespace to view more of the profound images. Be forewarned that many of the images are deeply troubling. I feel cold and wretched looking at some; it's hard not to cry, and sometimes the only thing for it.
"Kunar province, Afghanistan. Survivors of a US airstrike."
Photo credits: all pictures ripped from Battlespace website