Perhaps not all-of-a-sudden, we get this “more momentous” shoot from Dover standing out from the steady stream of tarmac images. Might the scale and theater here embody raised hopes of a possible end game in Iraq and Afghanistan, conjuring a curtain call from the closing cast?
Maybe though, the photo’s dramatic impact is less elaborate or wishful than that — just America dying for a wind down.
(caption: Dover Air Force Base, Del. — Transfer cases containing the remains of, from left, Army Pfc. Michael C. Olivieri of Chicago; Pfc. Christopher B. Fishbeck of Victorville, Calif.,; Pfc. Michael B. Cook of Middletown, Ohio; and Emilio J. Campo Jr. of Madelia, Minn., wait inside an Air Force C-5 cargo plane after their arrival in the U.S. The soldiers died in support of Operation New Dawn in Iraq, the Pentagon said.)