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Introduction: Looking Elsewhere

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pp. 1-22

In the spring of 2003, a photojournalist with the Associated Press (AP), Alexander Zemlianichenko, took a series of photographs of the unearthing of a mass grave left by the brutal regime of Saddam Hussein in Mahaweel, sixty miles south of Baghdad.¹ Women in black abayas and men dressed in...

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1. Domesticating War in Kosovo: Media Witnessing and Transnational Motherhood

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pp. 23-60

In April 1999 American news media extensively reported on the NATO bombings in Serbia and Kosovo/a,¹ a seventy-eight- day military effort led by the United States to force the regime of Slobodan Milošević to end the persecution of the Albanians in the previously autonomous region of...

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2. Human Rights, Visual Rhetoric: Photojournalism and the War in Afghanistan

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pp. 61-94

Two blue burkas hang on hooks on the back wall between sunlit windows in Marco Di Lauro’s November 2001 photograph of an empty cell in a women’s prison in Kabul, Afghanistan (Figure 9). The robes hang above a pillow propped up alongside a mat, as if someone were about to sit down...

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3. Precarity in the Night Sky: Missile Defense Advocacy and the U.S. Surveillance Regime

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pp. 95-126

In 2013 the Heritage Foundation, a conservative policy institute, included on its website a documentary film titled 33 Minutes: Protecting America in the New Missile Age.¹ Opening with an animated sequence featuring the “blue planet” and a time code at 00.00.00, the simulated camera’s gaze...

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4. Battlefield Trophies: Soldiers’ Archives and the Affective Politics of Recoil

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pp. 127-164

The futuristic imaginaries of missile defense advocacy highlight the centrality of the terror threat to discursive rationales for the War on Terror and for anticipated wars in the future. As I argued in the last chapter, frictional affects within and across visualizations of terror make them profoundly...

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5. Skeptical Documents: Toward an Ethics of Spectatorship

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pp. 165-198

Throughout Distant Wars Visible, I have explored ambivalence as an analytic that provides insight into competing impulses within visual witnessing practices that pursue the ethical imperative to make public the consequences of military conflicts. This analytic exposes how the witnessing...

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Conclusion: From the Sky, on the Ground

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pp. 199-206

President Barack Obama’s nomination of John Brennan to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2013 provoked the first sustained public conversations about the covert use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) by the United States in the War on Terror. UAV, or drone, technology...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 207-210

In the 1974 documentary Hearts and Minds, General William Westmoreland, commander of military operations in Vietnam from 1964 to 1967, infamously states, “The Oriental doesn’t put the same high price on life as does the Westerner. Life is plentiful. Life is cheap in the Orient.” The filmmaker...

Notes

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pp. 211-226

Bibliography

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pp. 227-246

Index

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pp. 247-272

About the Author

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p. 273