Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

From the Facebook group, "Stay in Iraq until the Job Is Done"

Caption: "Does anything really need to be said...The picture shows that this 82nd Airborne Division soldier has been thru Survival School and learned his lessons well. He's giving the sign of "coercion" with his left hand. These hand signs are taught in survival school to be used by POW's as a method of posing messages back to our intelligence services who may view the photo or video. This guy was obviously being coerced into shaking hands with Hillary Clinton. It's ironic how little she knew that he would so inform us about the photo---perhaps because she's never understood the military to begin with."

Oh, and it's legit.
The "not really all that pleased" assessment is evidently accurate although the picture originally appeared without any accompanying text, and the "coercion" caption was only added later to make the humor of the photograph more explicit; as the soldier pictured with Senator Clinton (who asked that we not identify him by name) told us that he employed the gesture to indicate that he was not a fan of the senator's and was not as appreciative of having the opportunity to meet (and pose with) her as it might otherwise appear.