In 2006, three years after the U.S.-led invasion into Iraq, I made this mixed media assemblage expressing my outrage over the operation that was in all essence unnecessary.
The background is an old Kodak ad from WWII cut and flipped sideways to show how I thought the Bush Administration led the majority of Americans into thinking since a lot of progress and advancements were made during that era, it might work now. That war is a boost for our economy. It didn’t work that way. Our economy tanked. The war in Iraq and Afghanistan drained our budget and drove our deficit into the trillions of dollars.
The Nike figure is tilted to reflect and mimic the falling of the statue of Saddam Hussein in 2003. I use the Nike image, also known as the “Winged Victory,” to show the folly of the publicity stunt played over and over again.
The three monkeys on the upper left are the architects of the operation: President George W. Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
The elephant in the center represents the then-Republican majority in Congress, and the donkey at the lower right represents, of course, the then-Democratic minority.
The U.S. Marine insigne at the upper right represent all our military that is given an objective: that oil rig in the center next to the elephant.
The blue and silver Army unit insignia reads “NOUS RESTERONS LA” which translate to “we will stay here.”