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December 4, 2010

There Will Be Hugs: Obama In Afghanistan

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Good luck trying to look past “support the troops”; celebrity politics; C.I.C. as father-figure; pride for our women in uniform; and the significant racial role-model to say anything about what’s goes on outside that hanger; why the troops are so rapid for some love; what role Wikileaks played in Obama’s 3 hour drop-in; and the symbolism of traveling 7,000 miles only to have to connect with the wily Karzai by telephone.

(caption: President Barack Obama greets troops at a rally  during an unannounced visit at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, Friday, Dec. 3, 2010.)

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