I invite your analysis and interpretation of the latest Economist cover.
Still, I couldn’t help jumping the gun with my own Middle East A, B, C’s. (Yes, letters courtesy of The BAG.) Primarily, I question the assertion that Uncle Sam is lost at all. Not if A is Iraq, B is Lebanon and C is Iran (where the folks that hijacked Sam are looking for the big bang). In this scenario, the labyrinth is merely a artifice making it seem like the ends were reached in spite of the best efforts and intentions.
… By the way, doesn’t Sam look a little dark?
(illustration: unattributed. The Economist. North American edition. August 12, 2006. Cover.)