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March 22, 2011

Obama vs. Gaddafi: Who’s A Head?

Suhaib Salem/Reuters

If this picture caught the imagination of photo editors — the souvenir hung on a destroyed government tank by the Libyan rebels following a coalition airstrike — it might have a greater symbolic significance. Now that Obama has stuck his neck out — not just to bolster the Libyan insurgency but to cut the head off Gaddafi’s government — the question is, which man will turn out the goat?

(photo: Suhaib Salem/Reuters. caption: The head of a goat is hung on the muzzle of a destroyed tank, belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, after an air strike by coalition forces along a road between Benghazi and Ajdabiyah March 20, 2011.)

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