Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. pouncingtiger

    pouncingtiger said, about 6 years ago

    Roland has got a point, though.

  2. Sandfan

    Sandfan said, about 6 years ago

    Hard to understand why Roland never got one of the network news anchor slots.

  3. pschearer

    pschearer GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 years ago

    It is true the Surge was a mid-course correction for Bush’s earlier error. But that error was not the war itself but rather not pursuing it from the beginning with sufficient force and determination to make clear to the enemy that they were never going to win. That is how wars get won.

    Of course, the mistake of a weak-kneed war was made possible by Bush’s refusal to pinpoint just who the enemy is: all supporters of the fanatical belief that it is moral to murder to spread the Muslim religion. Are you listening, Iran and Saudi Arabia, Hamas and Hezbollah? (Too bad that refusal continues under BHO who seems to be waiting until Tel Aviv gets nuked.)

  4. Potrzebie

    Potrzebie said, about 6 years ago

    The surge wasn’t the factor that brought less violence, rather it was Petreaus’ bribes to freedom-fighters to police their neighborhoods.

  5. Lewreader

    Lewreader said, about 6 years ago

    I have to agree withPSCHEATER, too little too late. You would think we would have learned in an Asian conflict a generation earlier that you cannot fight a war with your hands tied behind your back.

    The second paragraph questions why we should stab in the back our only ally in the Mid-East. Good question, Mr Prez. Why?

  6. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, about 6 years ago

    No, it would not be like praising an arsonist for bringing his own fire under control.

  7. Neocon

    Neocon said, about 6 years ago

    Idiots who are delighted with that arson analogy probably agree with Ahmadinejad that the fire on 9/11 was the work of a Bush-supported conspiracy, not the Arab jihadists, When Saddam blessed 9/11 (remember?), he did so as the head of the most powerful Arab army, declaring himself an ally of our Islamist enemies and therefore an obvious target for invasion.

    Invading Iraq was a no-brainer and we were fortunate to have a nonintellectual president able to grasp that. He immediately retaliated against al Qaeda (starting the Afghanistan war we’re still prosecuting) and then, 18 months later, went after al-Qaeda’s most dangerous supporter.

    Bush repeated, at a forty-year interval, the very appropriate U.S. response from WWII. We held off attacking the potentially more lethal enemy (Hitler) until his ally bombed Pearl Harbor.

  8. pschearer

    pschearer GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 years ago

    @billdog: I would have even worse things to say about Little Bush’s psychology, but that was no more a factor in getting an entire country into a war than FDR’s mamma’s-boy psychology was to WWII.

    The one relevant Bush psychological factor was that he is simply not very smart, so he assumed the public was too stupid to grasp a laundry list of valid reasons to invade Iraq and overthrow a dangerous dictator who HAD and USED WMD’s, so that’s what he held out as his sole reason. It is just a sad misfortune that Saddam was smarter than Bush and snookered the U.N. and U.S., giving the appearance that Bush’s reason was wrong.

    Note that we now have a different president who is highly intelligent, but that just makes him also assume the public is stupid. After all, two of our smartest presidents were Carter and Nixon and look what good it did them. It’s not a president’s brains that matter but his beliefs. Brains he can always appoint (like Reagan did).

  9. BrianCrook

    BrianCrook said, about 6 years ago

    The surge had less to do with troops than with cash: paying insurgents not to fight. It did work, but, of course, the U.S. had no business invading & taking over Iraq in the first place. The invasion rested on a tissue of lies, and racist words like Pschearer’s highlight how the world saw Bush-Dick after the invasion of Iraq.

    I applaud President Obama for finally ending combat in Iraq, and I look forward to the same end in Afghanistan and a withdrawal of our troops, who have no business there in the first place. These wars have an untold price tag in dollars (overrunning the three trillion figure of 2007), and have cost thousands of lives. It’s time to end the killing and the maiming.

    I won’t argue with Pschearer’s assessment of Reagan as stupid, but I will contend that his stupidity hardly made for a successful presidency: the worst recession since the Great Depression (surpassed only by Bush-Dick’s recession), quadrupling the federal debt, bloating the military budget, allying the U.S. w/ Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, supporting the fascistic Nicaraguan contras, deregulating the airlines (so that security had gotten lax when 2001 rolled around), placing U.S. troops in Lebanon to get blown up, ignoring Israel’s ethnic cleansing, creating our homeless problem, & widening the gap between rich & poor: It wasn’t a decade one would want to live through twice.

  10. JudeTheObtuse

    JudeTheObtuse GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 years ago

    pschearer. wow, really deep thinking man. Maybe we could try that plan out on, say, Canada? That would have about the same effectiveness in reducing terrorism in the world and they’d never see it coming. We could win in a week and then the world would be safe for boobies who think what you said makes sense!

  11. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, about 6 years ago

    billdog, Thanks for the effort, but the way to win an argument with the “blame America first” crowd is not to riducule them by posing as one of them and discredit them by saying somethng ridiculous. It really adds nothing to the discussion and is too easy to see thru anyway.

  12. longtimecomicsfan

    longtimecomicsfan said, about 6 years ago

    I vividly remember when W appointed the new ambassador to Iraq - he stated that he was certain that Iraq would be a peaceful and stable democracy as a result of the U.S. invasion. So if the surge worked, then it follows that when we leave, Iraq will be a peaceful and stable democracy and an important ally to the united States and a shining beacon to the Muslim world, right?

  13. neofalconer

    neofalconer said, about 6 years ago

    I’m glad Trudeau used this timely post-election Bush segue rather than address the drubbing his party received on Tuesday. Brilliant!

  14. Jeanne Gomoll

    Jeanne Gomoll GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 years ago

    Even worse: Most of the country decided that it was taking too long to re-build our house. They were barely finished with the foundation, y’know. So we decided to re-hire the arsonists….

  15. PossumPete

    PossumPete said, about 6 years ago

    Beware the TeaBaggers now that they’re elected. Being anti-Democrat does NOT make them Republican. We haven’t even begun to see gridlock yet!

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