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Pat Oliphant

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  1. The Old Wolf

    The Old Wolf said, over 4 years ago

    Sadly, it appears that we may be willing to be – at least in certain White Houses.

  2. spike88

    spike88 said, over 4 years ago

    Foreign policy being formulated in Israel, not in Washington.

    Pray tell me who is in charge here!

  3. cdward

    cdward said, over 4 years ago

    We are Bibi’s stooges.

  4. emptc12

    emptc12 said, over 4 years ago

    Yeah, well, as long as the oil’s there the nation of Israel will serve as a depot for U.S. arms and purveyor for our military policy. That it contains various sites of Biblical importance is pertinent to many Westerners. Certainly the Holocaust factor will eventually dwindle in sympathetic consideration for other countries.

    What will be of interest to historians is how long Israel survives after its usefulness to all those factions ceases. I know it’s extremely offensive to mention, but I’ve often thought we should plan now as to which of our states we should evacuate the Israelis when the outpost experiment is over.

    Spiritual entropy bogs down societies unless practical considerations transform them into something different. Not necessarily something better. As you get older, you realize you’ll soon be out of history and certain things follow a perverse pattern. (Read Matthew Arnold’s “The Future.”)

    The basic style of Oliphant cartoons seem a mix of Dore engravings and Daumier caricatures. He’s a true artist, and would that he were appreciated more in his other artistic forms. Sometimes I wish he didn’t have to constantly portray current political jokers and would concentrate instead on society’s diverse common characters. Maybe after he retires.

  5. YellerDogDemocrat

    YellerDogDemocrat said, over 4 years ago


    What would you really expect? He is a great political commentator.

  6. YellerDogDemocrat

    YellerDogDemocrat said, over 4 years ago

    As for the present state of Israel, I wonder at the continuing US support given to the religious apartness (spelled apartheid) practiced there.

  7. Robert H. Boyer

    Robert H. Boyer GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Israel is facing possible extremination and you’re taking cheap shots: I’LL RETIRE TO BEDLAM!

  8. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, over 4 years ago

    The US just ran a war-game simulation, designed to assess what would happen if Israel launches a strike against the Iranain nuclear facilities on it’s own

  9. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 4 years ago

    I think Ben got the right idea!

  10. Svenskabru 2 U

    Svenskabru 2 U said, over 4 years ago

    yeah, lets just do nuthn. We’ll just have to watch Israel get nuked on CNN. That’ll be cool. Oh wait… there’s that pesky MAD thing. Israel has nukes, too. So now everybody gets nuked over there. Great Idea!

  11. Godfreydaniel

    Godfreydaniel said, over 4 years ago

    @Richard S. Russell I think that “let’s you and him fight” was originally from old Popeye comic strips (Wimpy was the referee of a boxing match, I think). I could be wrong about this, though.

    @emptc12: Does Oliphant also paint and sculpt? I’ve never heard that he does but wouldn’t be surprised. (Dr. Seuss did that when he wanted to stretch his artistic wings and fly a bit.)

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    If the U.N, and U.S. had enforced the Peel Commission recommendation, we might not still be stuck today.

  13. emptc12

    emptc12 said, over 4 years ago


    I have an anthology of some his presidential cartoons (Oliphant’s Presidents: Twenty-five Years of Caricature), that starts with Johnson. (It’s good to see those old cartoons again, from a time when I tried to imitate his style.)

    It has pictures of his sculptures of Nixon and Johnson. Nixon has a huge ski-nose, and Johnson is represented as Don Quixote. They are weirdly attenuated, as if made of twisted beef jerky. I like them. The man is immensely talented, obviously.

    Dr. Suess! His best-known children’s books are only a portion of his enormous output. He did work while a student at Dartmouth in the 1920s. His first cartoon as a freelancer was published on Oct. 22, 1927.

    Most of his work was for adults, and weird grotesque drawings and essays they are — not for kids! I have a collection of his early writings and cartoons, “The Tough Coughs as He Ploughs the Dough.” He also did many ad illustrations for an insecticide, where the catch phrase was, “Quick, Henry! The Flit!”

    Thanks. Writing that cheered me up.

  14. nerual53

    nerual53 GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Uncle Sam is looking a little battle weary.

  15. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    We don’t need Israel bugging us to get into a fight, we already have enough war mongers here!
    If they want to bomb bomb Iran they must do it themselves. They have more than enough weapons to do so.

    We Don’t want another expensive depleting war. The mid east is trying to drain US dry!

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