July 22, 2010

Money Shot at the DMZ

I was interested in these almost cinematic shots of Hillary at the Korean DMZ with the North Korean soldier peering through the window.

Angry with the North over their nuke program and their recent sinking of a S. Korean ship, the Obama Administration — complicit with the cutback in South Korean aid to the north, and having frozen bank assets of the North Korean elite (which BushCo relented on) — is framing itself as thoroughly badass. (Notice how Hillary’s shoulder aligns with the soldier’s gun.) The steely anger in Hillary’s face is completely intentional, of course, as she’s aware (in contrast to the smiling Gates) of the money shot. The photo is also a conscious study in contrast, playing on the sense of the soldier as being “left out”; trapped behind the dirty window (inferring, with moral as well as economic overtones, they probably don’t wash it on the other side); and likely suffering himself (the cinched belt likely a literal allusion to hunger).

Your thoughts?

(photos: Paul J. Richards/AP. Jul 21, 2010, Seoul, South Korea. Caption 1: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to a briefing as a curious North Korean soldier looks through the window to see what is going on inside the building at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone (DMZ). Caption 2: U.S. Army Col. Kurt Taylor, right, briefs U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, 2nd right, at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone (DMZ).)

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