Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau

Doonesbury

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  1. DavyG

    DavyG said, about 3 years ago

    A twit tweets.

  2. Newshound41

    Newshound41 said, about 3 years ago

    Then read the NY Times. I am reposting this from yesterday:
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    Obama might be reading today’s strip:
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/09/world/asia/frustrated-obama-considers-full-troop-withdrawal-from-afghanistan.html?hp

  3. Mike31g

    Mike31g said, about 3 years ago

    An alternative (i.e not 2012) rerun:
    http://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury/1991/06/26
    Ray Hightower shows Congresswomen Davenport her quarters
    Mike

  4. Thirdguy

    Thirdguy said, about 3 years ago

    The reasons for going there were valid. The reasons for them to come home are even more so.

  5. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    For some reason, I decided to look at how many troops we deployed in our futile occupation of Afghanistan versus the Soviet’s futile occupation of Afghanistan. They were about the same, around 100,000 troops.

    Our troops sustained far fewer casualties. 2,200 deaths compared to 15,000 for the Soviets. 12,000 injured versus 35,000 for the Soviets.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Forces_casualties_in_the_war_in_Afghanistan

    http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_war_in_Afghanistan

    That’s a tribute to our soldiers ability to carry out there orders with minimal losses. Sherman was right when he said, “War is Hell”. He was also right when he said, " …it is only those who have never heard a shot, never heard the shriek and groans of the wounded and lacerated … that cry aloud for more blood, more vengeance, more desolation."

    It’s long past time to own up to the fact that we can’t “fix” Afghanistan with force. There are a lot of people there that want a decent country, & they deserve our support. But, our troops aren’t doing any good there. Time to support our troops. Time to leave.

  6. Astolat

    Astolat said, about 3 years ago

    The Soviets were in Afghanistan on their own; while it provides three-quarters of the troops there, the US has allies. The UK, with about 10% of the total forces, have lost 444.

    I thought, and still think, that although it was a borderline decision, and one which the British have every historical reason to know was a risky one, it could be justified on “just war” terms.

    The fatal error was the completely unjustifiable war in Iraq, which meant that Afghanistan became the “forgotten war”. Had that not happened, the initial gains might have been properly consolidated and the outcome might have been more secure. Iraq would then have risen up in the Arab Spring, and Saddam would probably have been toppled with only limited help from the West, as happened in Libya.

  7. George Alexander

    George Alexander said, about 3 years ago

    Astrolat: Maybe so, but that doesn’t rebut the assessment that we need to get our butts out of Afghanistan NOW. We lost, just like the Soviets..

  8. uh-oh

    uh-oh said, about 3 years ago

    I say just shoot him.

  9. Eric Klein

    Eric Klein said, about 3 years ago

    He is letting the enemy know where he is located via geocoded tweets, he should be with Manning being charged with reckless endangerment of troops on the ground.

    Today this is as bad as when CNN stood on top of a hotel in Tel Aviv and gave Sadam Husein details about his scud missile attack (“that one missed us by about a block to the south”, etc.)

  10. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, about 3 years ago

    important question….roland has cell service in middle of nowhere afghanistan? afghanistan has cell towers and infrastructure for smartphones(4g lte)?

  11. Kaffekup

    Kaffekup said, about 3 years ago

    @Uncle Joe

    The difference is that the Sovs wanted to conquer and own Aghanistan as a warm-water port; we were supposed to drain the swamp and leave.
    Unfortunately, with our attention diverted for ten years, the swamp just got swampier and the alligators bred.
    Nothing to do about it now but let Karzai figure it out for himself.

  12. Godfreydaniel

    Godfreydaniel said, about 3 years ago

    I’ll be glad when Trudeau gets back from vacation! It’s interesting to reread old strips (not merely those from last year) to watch how Roland started out far more intelligent than he later became. It was kind of gradual; there was nothing that really stood out (like a lobotomy, although these days he often acts as if he’s had a couple……..)

  13. Cmc Mail

    Cmc Mail said, about 3 years ago

    Civilized countries should of never made a footprint in that hellhole, they should of bombed them up into the stone age. If these meatheads weren’t so busy killing each other for 2000 years they might of had indoor plumbing by now. Every Afghani with any brains have left the country for centuries, those left behind are inbred simpletons, ask the poor soldiers who have been trying to train them.

  14. Cupertino Jay

    Cupertino Jay GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @Astolat

    > The fatal error was the completely unjustifiable war in Iraq,

    Yeahbut, the powers that be won the iraq war in 2003-4:

    o designed as a re-election stunt, bush got his 4 more years

    o cheney’s buds scarfed down the support contracts.

    1. ‘mission accomplished’ indeedy.

  15. Kaffekup

    Kaffekup said, about 3 years ago

    Illiterate bigot.

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