Friday, December 09, 2005

The Sublime and the Beautiful

I couldn't resist pointing out the lead image on the Department of Defense website today that depicts an F/A-18E Super Hornet in the arc of a rainbow. More on the role of photographic images on government websites in my post tomorrow.

The same day's material contains the headline "Terrorists Use Media to Spread Misinformation," perhaps to counter a New York Times story about U.S. propaganda efforts abroad. (See December 7th in this blog.) The focus, however, is not on audiences in Iraq, but rather on the public here at home. The article begins with a questionable thesis from the Secretary of Defense: "Enemies of a free Iraq recognize they can't win against the United States and the coalition on the battlefield, and the only way they can hope to win is in Washington, D.C., and through American public opinion, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Dec. 8."



Blogger Julia Lupton said...

Rainbows being a traditional symbol of peace (signing God's covenant with all Creation after the flood), the photograph you feature is "flooded" with symbolic meaning. An extraordinary document, where even Nature seems part of the President's public diplomacy campaign.

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