November 2, 2009

The "U.S.S. World Trade Center" in Front of… Well, You Get the Drift

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 02: The future USS New York passes lower Manhattan next to where the World Trade Center towers once stood November 2, 2009 in New York City. The ship, which is built with 7.5 tons of steel from the World Trade Center in her bow, is an amphibious transport dock ship and will be commissioned during a ceremony on November 7. As the ship entered New York Harbor where dozens of firefighters, family members of September 11 victims and onlookers gathered to watch a detail aboard the 684-foot vessel fire a 21-gun salute. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

I’m in awe of the military industrial complex marketing geniuses on this one.

Think anybody is going to bat an eye about a new amphibious transport dock ship when you name it the U.S.S. New York, melt 7.5 tons of World Trade Center steel into it, then preview it in the New York harbor in line with where the Trade Towers stood (in this case, also parking 9/11 victims family members in the foreground).

Like a giant Transformer playing on the massive ego blow to the city and to the United States — you get the subconscious hit that the ship, literally embodying the remains of the victims, could actually be the reincarnation of of one the towers, except now doing its thing horizontally, morphed into a man o’ war, and ready — for a mere $1.2 billion dollars — to kick the ass of the next 11 guys who dare try it again.

All too patriotically heavy-handed slide show here.

(photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images. November 2, 2009. New York City.)

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