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Jim Morin

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  1. Darsan54

    Darsan54 said, about 1 year ago

    You’re saying defending Bergdahl is the same as maligning him?

  2. 4my10851cs

    4my10851cs said, about 1 year ago

    the others in his command say he deserted

  3. Nos Nevets

    Nos Nevets said, about 1 year ago

    What’s with the “no evidence” line?
    An attempt to make the cartoon “fair & balanced”?

    I’m still waiting to hear from Bergdahl, himself.
    I’d also – for once – like to hear John McCain’s assessment.
    Bergdahl may deeply regret his initial actions, which don’t make them right, but puts it in a different light.

    In short, I hop he has grown up, and that he mans-up before he lawyers-up.

    Naive, probably. But in the spirit of innocent until proven guilty.

  4. omQ R

    omQ R said, about 1 year ago

    claimed that “the others in his command say he deserted”


    “In his command”….? Privates are NCOs in your military? When he was captured, he was a Private First Class. Over the 5 year period he was automatically promoted twice. Promoted to the rank of specialist in June ‘10 and then sergeant in June ’11. If he had still been in captivity, he would have automatically been promoted again within a couple of weeks; however, now that he is back he will have to compete for the promotion since they can now compare ’job performance’.


    You’re saying your military is in the habit of automatically promoting deserters?


    His fellow comrades in arms will probably have been cheesed off for Bergdahl criticising their objectives and methods of engaging with the locals and then allegedly wandering off.



    This whole episode is being watched with interest in the European press as we commemorate D-Day landings and we interview the few surviving WW-II veterans. Thanks for the example on how to not treat returning POWs and high-lighting the need to understand Traumatic Stress Disorder and Post-traumatic Stress Disorders.

  5. Nos Nevets

    Nos Nevets said, about 1 year ago

    And, as long as I’m being mean spirited:

    That is a mighty poor rendering of Susan Rice!

    I know cartooning typically comically exaggerates features. I’m not saying you have to preserve the beauty of the woman, but for Rice you’d have to make her look more Italian, not exaggerate negroid features.

    The “hate Obama” guy: yeah, I think I’ve met him.
    I usually like Morin’s drawing.

  6. ARodney

    ARodney said, about 1 year ago

    Whether he deserted or not is a matter for trial and possible court martial. But as to whether to leave him in a dark metal box in the hands of our enemies, without benefit even of trial or any evidence… the war is over. Bring the soldiers home.

  7. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 1 year ago

    For days, now, I have seen editorial cartoonists and commenters voice their opinions on Bergdahl and the prisoner exchange even though there is little to no verifiable information. They seem to be grounded in general political viewpoints and rumor or inuendo rather than specific, confirmable knowledge.

    Obama did not inform Congress of exchange:

    Obama informed Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader. Was it then Harry Reid’s responsibility to inform the rest of Congress? Did Obama assume that Reid would inform Congress or did the President tell Harry just to cover his own butt.
    Is the President guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors” because Senator Reid didn’t pass on the information?

    Pages of scenarios could be written since there is such a paucity of information, and those pages should not be presented by our politicians as facts as they have been.

    Bergdahl was imprisoned (held as an unwelcome guest?) by the Taliban:

    We know absolutely nothing about why Bergdahl abandoned his post. Frustration? Depression? Disillusionment? Join the Taliban? Did he commit treason or was he just mentally ill? A lot of justification can be crammed between the few grounds I’ve listed.

    There is no point to this post except to express my perplexity at the certitude that so many of the cartoonists and posters here voice.

  8. lonecat

    lonecat said, about 1 year ago

    @mikefive

    A sensible post. Thanks.

  9. Kip W

    Kip W said, about 1 year ago

    Republicans cried out repeatedly to free Bergdahl. McCain is on record as endorsing a swap for five Taliban members (the weasel room he left on “the details” would have to weasel pretty hard to change what he said).

    Bergdahl apparently slipped away on at least one occasion. He doesn’t seem to have realized he was there to kill people. Perhaps a bit of a flake, but he was still an American Prisoner of War. Is there some test he had to pass to be worthy of coming home? A close examination of his accusing fellow soldiers shows that the most often quoted one was recently discharged, and not honorably, and the claim that soldiers died looking for him isn’t borne out by the records of where and when those soldiers died. It seems they died in the normal course of their duties, at about the same rate they were dying before Bergdahl wandered off into the night.

    The hatred being showered on Bergdahl and his father (who has a Duck Dynasty beard — oh, the horror!) is insane, especially from people who were ostentatiously praying for him right up to the time he came home. Some were thanking God for freeing him in public, until they got the memo and wiped their social media so they could toe their party line.

    McCain was himself the beneficiary of a prisoner swap. Should he have stayed in Vietnam? Can we send him back now, retroactively?

    There’s so much hypocrisy from the GOP on this. I expect this kind of flip-flopping from McCain, who never said a sane or decent thing for the front page that he didn’t soon walk back when the cameras were gone.

    Bergdahl had to be brought home. The men we traded for him would have had to go back soon anyway, because the conflict has been declared to be over. We’re not barbarians. If he did something wrong, which is quite possible, then give him his day in court. What’s so hard about that?

  10. Baleine

    Baleine said, about 1 year ago

    @Nos Nevets

    Getting a lawyer may be the smartest thing he can do at this time. After five years as a prisoner and likely tortured he is in the hands of people who will want to add to it by throwing him in prison.
    .
    Give him the option to end his enlistment and be done with it.

  11. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 1 year ago

    @Harleyquinn

    “Obama explained why he did not inform congress! And you say he did?”

    There is nothing in my post that says he informed Congress. I posted that he had informed Harry Reid and then speculated about why the rest of Congress was not informed.

  12. omQ R

    omQ R said, about 1 year ago

    @Tigger

    Not up to his former comrade in arms to judge him a deserter.


    You guys are an odd lot. You’re being led by the noses and your partisan strings are being pulled by self-interested media jockeys chasing ratings; do you not see that?

  13. Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future."

    Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future." GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    For those who believe that Bergdahl deserted, I can only ask, why was he not charged with desertion at any time in the last 5 years?

    Some accounts have him walking away from camp after his shift with 3 Afghans. If it were not acceptable to the military for him to leave camp at any time, why was he not stopped?
    So simply leaving camp when off-duty does not sound like desertion at that time.

    The chief argument for desertion is a letter he is alleged to have left when he walked out. But even with the letter, suppose he had changed his mind and returned? That’s not desertion, and absolutely not desertion under fire. Maybe AWOL in a combat zone, for which punishment would probably not be 5 years in captivity with people likely to kill him at any time.

    In fact, desertion becomes a hard case to prove because all sides agreed that he was captured by the Taliban. So he never had the opportunity to change his mind, if he planned to walk away. And unlike WW1 and WW2, there are no “front lines” in Afghanistan to walk away from, except perhaps those of the camp perimeter. But, again, apparently no one had an objection to him walking out the camp.

    Neither his letter nor his email home seems to indicate sympathy for the Taliban. Afghans, yes. Had he deserted to the Taliban, I think we could expect them to have said so. So no desertion to the enemy is likely to be charged.

    So all you yammering heads in the lynch mob, wait for a military court to rule.

  14. Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future."

    Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future." GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Let’s see, the POTUS is commander in chief of the US Military.

    Prisoners at GITMO are under military authority, and on a miltary base. Therefore their disposition is ultimately the decision of the POTUS. Laws made by Congress to limit his authority in military matters should be regarded with some skepticism. (And there is a whole history of such actions, with many being ignored.)

    An exchange of prisoners was offered for an American GI. The exhange conditions were kept secret at the specific demand of the other party (We can guess why.).

    In the past, the CIA has negotiated exchanges for spies. (Anybody remember Gary Powers? He was maligned for not committing suicide. Wonderful armchair geniuses then and now.) Were those negotiations subject to public scrutiny beforehand? No, and with good reason.

    So I have little sympathy for those yammering for Obama’s head in this. They are mostly the same one who scream, “It’s wrong if Obama does it!”

  15. mdavis4183

    mdavis4183 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Bergdalh and Obama are both scumbags

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