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Chip Bok

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    The stupidity of the right is like feral horses on the range, unbridled.

  2. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Its the Fox way to keep flogging a dead horse.

  3. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @onguard

    Nervous over what? The election was won.

  4. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @onguard

    You’re not worth responding to.

  5. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, almost 2 years ago

    @onguard

    No one died except the trust of the American people in their government, but for Republicans that’s always an item for sale to the highest bidder, right?

  6. TJDestry

    TJDestry GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Howard Hunt’s wife died in Watergate.

    Problem here is the GOP is determined to damage the administration, even if it means outing our field agents and undercover allies in Libya, at which point the death toll will rise above four. Gotta admit, when Scooter Libby outed an operative in order to promote Bush’s re-election chances, she didn’t die. Of course, McCain wasn’t elected, so maybe the GOP figures killing a few agents is necessary to make it work.

  7. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 2 years ago

    Richard Clark, a high ranking member of the intelligence community during 9/11/2001 had warned both the Clinton and Bush administrations of airplanes being considered as “missles” on US targets. Afterwards, he was called to the Bush White House. Clark then says Bush took him into a private room, got very close to him and said, “I want to know how Saddam Hussien is connected to this.” Clark began to tell him there was no evidence Saddam was involved, but before he could finish, Bush poked him in the chest and said, “I want to know how Saddam is connected to this.”
    This cartoon is implying that Obama is doing the same thing to Petraeus. The Richard Clark story shows how badly blackmail fails when a man with principles stands up to threats. Petraeus will not lie to protect the administration. He cheated on his wife, but he did not lie to investigators and there is nothing this administration can do to him at this point. He already lost his job.
    Mr. Bok’s cartoon might reflect the feelings of a lying administration, but it may also be making a false accusation against people who sincerely did the best they could in the situation that occurred.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  8. drybones

    drybones GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Lies like this might work in the trailer parks, but they won’t work with retired diplomats like me who served in embassies in the Middle East, East Africa, and Southeast Asia for 25 years, and who by dint of luck survived numerous terrorist bombings, shootings, and rocket attacks. However complex the ties between such attacks and long-term U.S. policy domestic policy (burning energy like there’s no tomorrow, e.g.), in no case was the attack the fault of a sitting president or any politician or appointee. Don’t believe me? Read Ambassador Crocker on the incident and other matters <http://backchannel.al-monitor.com/index.php/2012/11/3164/crocker-defends-petraeus-urges-us-approach-syria-opposition-with-caution/>.

    I would also suggest that Bok displays a lot of hubris in doing a number on any subject that he knows nothing whatsoever about because he has never been in a situation like Benghazi or Beirut or the African embassies. But hit-and-run cheap shots are the right wing stock-in-trade.

    The right’s politicization of this tragic incident, the fault of no politician, to attack a president for whom they have a seething hatred, is characteristically despicable.

  9. echoraven

    echoraven said, almost 2 years ago

    @drybones

    I don’t think the issue is not so much that it happened, but nothing was done.

    A coworker informed me the attack lasted 7 hours, that is plenty of time for the president to be notified and do do something; anything.

    Now thanks to a willing press, we already have our fall guys.

  10. drybones

    drybones GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @echoraven

    And just what would the president have done? Once more—if you weren’t there, you don’t know. I have been there, and I’m telling you that the chances that any president could have sent forces into this chaotic situation in the night who would have rescued the Ambassador and his companions are virtually zero. As tragic as this incident was, it is not nearly as shocking or surprising to me as it is to you. My colleagues and I see it as the high cost of doing business in the tough places. Did you read Ambassador Crocker’s piece? I also give a hollow laugh when I hear about coddled, overpaid diplomats. True, I know little about compensation in the private sector. What is the going rate in the private sector for having your office blown up and seeing your colleagues killed?

  11. drybones

    drybones GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @onguard

    The Nixonian criminals killed the respect and the trust that the American people had for their government. Without that trust and respect the country is vulnerable to neocons who want to turn America into a third-world country.

  12. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 2 years ago

    @drybones

    Later in the day, after lookinside buys you breakfast, I’ll cover the tab for the burger and beer. I had an Aunt who served in covert ops from the 50’s until the 80’s and was still in ‘reserve’ until the early 90’s. Foreign service is not for wimps. thank you for your service and the excellent post.
    Ok. Steak and Wild Turkey Rare Breeed.
    Gratefully,
    C.

  13. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    All focus on the few casualties, not, or hardly a word on the fact that actions saved the vast majority of staff at these sites, and got them out of the country. Yes, “foreign service” is dangerous, as drybones notes. My son’s been there recently, I helped in some situations 42 years ago.


    It is our national ignorance in all things, believing the tV fictions that make politicians able to “make hay”. For many of them, we should make that hay the torches that consume them and remove them finally, and forever, from the public arena.

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