Mike Thompson by Mike Thompson

Mike Thompson

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  1. pirate227

    pirate227 said, about 1 year ago

    Drone, SEAL team, same effect. Just no American lives on the line.

  2. Newshound41

    Newshound41 said, about 1 year ago

    @onguard

    When the country really needed his service he said, “I had other priorities in the 60’s than military service.”

  3. Newshound41

    Newshound41 said, about 1 year ago

    @onguard

    Those are Cheney’s own words.

  4. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Clinton was right.
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    .http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/clinton/etc/draftletter.html

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    As you know, I worked for two years in a very minor position on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I did it for the experience and the salary, but also for the opportunity, however small, of working every day against a war I opposed and despised with a depth of feeling I had reserved solely for racism in America before Vietnam. I did not take the matter lightly, but studied it carefully, and there was a time when not many people had more information about Vietnam at hand than I did. I have written and spoken and marched against the war. One of the national organizers of the Vietnam Moratorium is a close friend of mine. After I left Arkansas last summer, I went to Washington to work in the national headquarters of the Moratorium, then to England to organize the Americans here for demonstrations here October 15th and November 16th.

    Interlocked with the war is the draft issue, which I did not begin to consider separately until early 1968. For a law seminar at Georgetown I wrote a paper on the legal arguments for and against allowing, within the Selective Service System, the classification of selective conscientious objection, for those opposed to participation in a particular war, not simply to, quote, participation in war in any form, end quote. From my work I came to believe that the draft system itself is illegitimate. No government really rooted in limited, parliamentary democracy should have the power to make its citizens fight and kill and die in a war they may oppose, a war which even possibly may be wrong, a war which, in any case, does not involve immediately the peace and freedom of the nation.

    The draft was justified in World War II because the life of the people collectively was at stake. Individuals had to fight if the nation was to survive, for the lives of their countrymen and their way of life. Vietnam is no such case. Nor was Korea, an example where, in my opinion, certain military action was justified but the draft was not, for the reasons stated above.

    Because of my opposition to the draft and the war, I am in great sympathy with those who are not willing to fight, kill, and maybe die for their country, that is, the particular policy of a particular government, right or wrong. Two of my friends at Oxford are conscientious objectors. I wrote a letter of recommendation for one of them to his Mississippi draft board, a letter which I am more proud of than anything else I wrote at Oxford last year. One of my roommates is a draft resister who is possibly under indictment and may never be able to go home again. He is one of the bravest, best men I know. His country needs men like him more than they know. That he is considered a criminal is an obscenity.

  5. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @onguard

    What did you do while you were in the military?

  6. lindz.coop

    lindz.coop GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @onguard

    Um — how? 6 deferments?

  7. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    I fought in Viet Nam, my son has been in Iraq/Bosnia, and other places, disabled retired military. “My country, right or wrong”, is a bad idea, and I agree with Clinton and Kerry’s views at the time, and “W” and Cheney led the ultimate reason NOT to accept that view, twice. Cheney is the most self-serving, and treasonous, "elected’ official in the history of the United States. Every time he opens his mouth, he makes the entire nation seem “dirty”.

  8. Adrian Snare

    Adrian Snare said, about 1 year ago

    I read and like the letters from those adults who have experience and intelligence (Radish, dtroutma, and some others)… This we need more of , to crowd out the children..They do need their own area, of course.
    CL for one…

  9. kamwick

    kamwick said, about 1 year ago

    @onguard

    “Served this country very well?” Cheney? Yes with a gargantuan plate of steaming s$it.

  10. saywhatwhat

    saywhatwhat GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Mike, it’s time for a new cartoon. Can you draw an aging Italian philanderer (who should have been washed up years ago) with a hair transplant?

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