Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I think some of these cartoonists are losing their grip on reality. If he is an “innocent non-combatant” why is he wearing a shooting vest? Or is this Rall’s attempt at sarcasm? Maybe I’m missing the obvious. That can always happen.

  2. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 3 years ago

    Drones are evil and boots on the ground is the humane way to wage war unless the soldiers are women? (drone is in the window)
    I must be missing the obvious also.

  3. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 3 years ago

    Ted’s been over to Afghanistan. Afghan traditional male dress is usually with a coat-like vest ; perhaps not so much a shooting vest but a more practical version of the traditional garb. Or it’s a shooting vest. Don’t Afghans hunt, too?

  4. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    I used to wear a shooting style vest when I was doing wildlife photography. Loved all of those pockets!

  5. mattro53

    mattro53 said, over 3 years ago

    Would that we did not have male combat soldiers.

  6. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    It’s not a “shooting vest.” In Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries where war and guns have been a fact of life, non-combatants often wear clothes influenced by military “fashion.” You see it here when civilians wear khakis or, when General Hospital was popular in the 1980s, scrubs.

  7. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    Drones are cowardly and counterproductive. Drone operators have terrible to nonexistent intel about whom they are shooting. Drones send the message that American lives are precious but Pakistani lives are cheap.

    Also it’s hardly a victory for women to win the right to fight in illegal and unjust wars.

  8. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    Indeed, lots of journalists like them for the same reason.

  9. babka

    babka GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    now your mother wears combat boots Go, Ted!

  10. packratjohn

    packratjohn said, over 3 years ago

    I saw it as a fishing vest. Maybe we’re gonna switch to catch and release?

  11. packratjohn

    packratjohn said, over 3 years ago

    And…. i was wondering; are drone operators considered combatants?

  12. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago


    “Would that we did not have male combat soldiers.”

    Would that we did not have combat.

  13. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, over 3 years ago

    Let’s compromise on this issue. Only female drones (yes, yes, insect “drones” are male) are allowed to kill foreigners. After all, who would know better how to break up a wedding than a woman?

  14. californicated1

    californicated1 said, over 3 years ago

    It’s about time we officially acknowledged and recognized females in combat roles and that we have had them since the first Gulf War in the early-1990s.

    It’s also time that we open up those MOS’s officially to women so that they can serve and even get shot at just like their male counterparts.

    At the same time, women between the ages of 18 and 26 need to sign up for Selective Service just like their male counterparts do and be subject to the same restrictions, like not being able to get a student loan or other government financial assistance when it comes to paying for a college education.

    And when there is a draft and people need to be conscripted into the military, there are just as many females drafted as there are males unless the population does not support that and in that case, the people drafted represent the same proportion of the people in the general population considering that there are more American females living these days than males, I would expect more females to be drafted than males.

    And once this barrier is torn down, there will be no need for “chivalry” and no justification for gender discrimination, be it on pay or even the “glass ceiling”.

    Hopefully, there are enough females out there that can meet or exceed the same physical requirements for these MOS’s that their male counterparts must go through in order to qualify for these positions—which means that there should not be any different requirements for females in the military like there are today, “Molly” must go through the same training, wear the same uniform, and even meet the same requirements, both physical and mental, that “Joe” and “Willy” have to meet for these MOS’s.

    Which means that “Molly” must do the same push-ups that “Joe” and “Willy” do and do the same number needed to qualify for their physical fitness.

    This should also mean that there be no special uniform for females in the Military, either. No special hats—even the “Campaign Hats” that the Female Cadre in Basic Training components wear, no skirts or dresses or no special tailoring to accentuate the female form.

    Even "Molly"’s hair has to be treated to the same requirements that "Joe"’s and "Willy"’s hair must meet while in service, including the Basic Training haircut and the 2" requirement during the rest of Army Service and if “Joe” or “Willy” does not wear makeup, neither should “Molly”.

    Not only does “Molly” have to act the part that “Joe” and “Willy” do, she has to look the part, too.

  15. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago

    Even better news, more and more Islamic people (even the more moderate ones) will hate us even more! What a recruiting poster for Al Queda!!

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