Given the hubbub over American political imagery, especially the idea of stars and pentagrams in official seals, a pentacle in the layout of DC and the sinister pentagram defined by the pentagon, etc. it's natural that this logo popped out at me. Both the star and the pentagon have a long history in conspiracy literature. As logos go, this one's truly ugly, with way too many elements and conflicting forms. A silhouette of Cuba runs across the black star like a scar. Any elegance this star might have have had is further marred by the bad decision to add the seals of each of the armed forces at each point. It doesn't help that the seals are so busy, with their own details and color schemes. To make matters worse, an actual beach scene is in the background, looking all the world as if someone has been ripping off bad wallpaper designs. Here's a closer look, also snagged from the JGT website:
And that sun in the sky is very low; is it dusk or is it dawn?
A bit less offensive to good taste is the patch version of the logo. The seals of the armed forces are replaced by their names and the star is removed. But all those conflicting colors and lettering! Still pretty ugly if you ask me. If it were my decision, I'd remove all the text and leave only the forms. I might allow JTF-GTMO somewhere in there but no more.
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Anyway, this spurred me on to continue my (up until today) fruitless search for an Odyssey Dawn patch. The military is like the Boy Scouts. They have a patch or ribbon for everything. I figured the Odyssey Dawn logo might feature one of those My Little Ponies streaking across the sky like a comet. But no, that was not to be.
I found the OD logo on the blog of Gideon Rachman (Financial Times). On March 20 at 20:45 he posted "Here’s the Pentagon’s official “Odyssey Dawn” logo:"
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Another JTF adventure! The golden victory laurels are a nice touch. Makes it look like a tire with fancy hubcaps and snow chains. The sun, rising in the east, looks both like a vast explosion where Japan would be and a Japanese war flag, creeping up to bring a new day for Africa, Waka Waka eh eh....
Given these precedents, we might have an answer to our question about the the Gitmo (Kitschmo) patch. I propose that it too represents dawn, as if these prisoners, hooded (hoodwinked?) no less, have travelled through their dark night and will re-emerge, hood (veil) removed, into the light of a new day.
It reminds me in a vague sense of the DARPA's discontnued IAO logo, with the eye in the pyramid, illuminating the globe. Same message I think. We're bringing the light, fuckers....on the tip of a missile....
Upon further reflection, this vague sense is actually well-founded. In ¡Viva la Revolución!, I examined the conflation of the eye with the image of the sun which appears on several Latin American flags. I proposed this signified the dawn of a new era in Latin America. This metaphor seems to have been taken up by the current crop of would-be nation builders, carving up new resource-rich territories. The DARPA logo, which comes in an entirely different context, features an eye shining light on the globe. What is this then but the eye as sun?
Funny thing is, I haven't seen the OD logo anywhere else, even on the Africom website, so if anyone can confirm this is the real deal, I'd appreciate it.