Avaaz.org gets provocative and goofy all at once with its new ads, which feature Dick Cheney, Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden. The Cheney ad wonders if the former vice president is "Al Qaeda's best recruiter." Obama, looking presidential, naturally, is quoted from his inaugurual address. And bin Laden idiotically dons an "I love Guantanamo" T-shirt. The mission, according to Avaaz: "Close Guantanamo. End to torture. Investigate all abuses." This group always aims to incite (as opposed to lending "insight," some might say), but I suppose a sharp edge is required to slice through the clutter these days. Is it just me, or does the issue seem weirdly dated, a vestige of the George Bush era already lapsing into history? I had kind of thought Guantanamo was already closed. All the more reason for campaigns like this, I guess, lest we perpetuate mistakes that aren't yet "history."
—Posted by David Gianatasio