Pat Oliphant by Pat Oliphant

Pat Oliphant

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  1. 4wdriver

    4wdriver said, about 3 years ago

    “Stroke” force.

  2. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Along came a spider. . .

  3. Enoki

    Enoki said, about 3 years ago

    So Kerry is just Obama’s caddy hum? How fitting!

  4. Steam  Vapor

    Steam Vapor said, about 3 years ago

    Not only is this some great artwork, but it accurately prophesies what is going to actually happen.

  5. nate9279

    nate9279 said, about 3 years ago

    huh? does anyone have a solution to offer instead of just endless criticism from the left and the right? I don’t really get this toon anyway other that it’s part of the endless criticism.

  6. charliekane

    charliekane said, about 3 years ago


    An amen and I hear ya, nate.

  7. emptc12

    emptc12 said, about 3 years ago

    Excellent cartoon, with artwork and message. This is an example of why I’ve admired Pat Oliphant all these years. Mission Creep could the modern manifestation of a new war-related god. We have Ares, Phobos, Deimos, Hate (from The Iliad), and probably Rumor (from the Aeneid). Maybe blind Plutus, too.

  8. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    MIchael: agree totally on the humanitarian aid issue! After Katrina, a small number of Americans learned what it is to be “refugees”, but in a land with huge wealth to accommodate them, and there wasn’t a war. The world refugee situation, in many places, remains a critical threat to world “security”.

    “Mission creep” is indeed a serious concern ANY time the U.S. becomes involved. Yes, we’re big, but too often I’m reminded of Lenny, in “Of Mice and Men”.

  9. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, about 3 years ago

    What’s the alternative to war? Talk. Negotiation. Threats of action. More talk. More negotiation. Hello? Anybody got family in the military here? WE don’t bomb first and ask sort the bodies into appropriate piles afterwards. Remember?

  10. lectricdude

    lectricdude said, about 3 years ago

    …are you suggesting it would be better to have Putin as pres. of the U.S.?…?…

  11. emptc12

    emptc12 said, about 3 years ago

    I’m an ordinary citizen. Even at my age, I still have more questions than answers. I will ask them of you and others in this forum:
    What do you consider effectiveness in a national leader? What past president would meet your qualifications as to effectiveness?
    Russia has had several leaders even tougher than Putin – but why is it still such a socially disfunctional nation? Do you think that with Russia’s huge oil reserves increasingly under Kremlin control that Putin will make better social conditions – or, first thing, will he try to bring former Soviet satellites back under control?
    In the late 1950s, as Krushchev tried to repair damage done by Stalin, he warned of “the cult of personality.” Does a leader’s projected personality nevertheless still play a big role in his effectiveness? If so, why is that? Do leaders really still think of themselves as tribal leaders and their nations as tribes in competition with other tribes? At what point might that change, and into what new form?
    I am begging the question on that last one, I realize. But really, does tribal politics make sense in a world with 7 billion people and chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons of mass destruction available to just about anyone? Will we ever become mature enough to look beyond the shell of personality and weigh the value of ideas?
    With advertising dollars tainting true political discourse, is that possible? I really think there are vested interests – financial, religious, whatever – that strive to keep us immature in that regard in order to form the world to their advantages.
    See, I deteriorated into personal opinion, again. I should stick with questions.

  12. mrs1wing

    mrs1wing GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    God help us all…

  13. JudeTheObtuse

    JudeTheObtuse GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Some of you guys need to get your own blogs. These are supposed to be comments, not treatises! Also, what an excellent cartoon, slightly humorous and very frightening. Mission creep reminds me of cancer. Nice job.

  14. emptc12

    emptc12 said, about 3 years ago


    Sorry. I type each comment in Word to use Spell Check, and it doesn’t look as long on a normal page as it does compressed on-line.
    Personally, I enjoy reading longer comments, points are better made at length, personalities show through. Most comments now are like pre-packaged verbal fast food with too much salt and “comical” additives.
    What will our communications look like 100 years from now with Internet, texting, and tweeting influence? Benign Newspeak? Direct cerebral data squirts? Will people forget altogether how to write? Whoops, I’m doing it again.
    BTW, I’ve always liked your user name. OMG LOL YOLO etc

  15. JudeTheObtuse

    JudeTheObtuse GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @emptc: I guess it’s the poet in me, but I do see your point. And also, in your case it is a compliment because I think your blog would be thoughtful and interesting. I would subscribe, then make concise and brilliant comments at the bottom. (Not so for ypoons). Tyftc. Lol, etc.

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