Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 2 years ago

    I might be missing the point that Mr Rall is just trying, once again, to make Americans see America as the rest of the world does, something which cannot possibly be achieved.

    However, based on an essay on his blog, I think Mr Rall is trying to raise the possibility in the minds of Americans that, as the cost of drones drops, Pakistan might someday retaliate. If that is his point, he has completely missed the fact that, under international law, the US has every right, as a nation militarily stronger than the rest of the world combined, to deploy drones against any other nation with impunity. There is no way Pakistan could possibly retaliate, even after they have acquired the technology. The US would respond to any attack by any nation with far greater destruction of that nation than the US suffered, and every NATION knows that, and would never dare do more than voice a quiet objection in the UN. And probably not even that.

    Of course, non-state actors are another matter. Neither Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, nor Jordan would dare attack Israel, but Hezbollah and Hamas do so regularly. The question is: how soon will non-state actors gain access to weapons-capable drones? At present, surveillance drones are fairly accessible, and some have undoubtedly gone to non-state actors, but limited damage can be done by having an al Qaeda surveillance drone over New York (except for the US military response, which might cause some collateral damage to New Yorkers, but, after all, most New Yorkers are al Qaeda sympathisers who wouldn’t be missed).

    Weapons-capable drones are, for now, only accessible to state actors, and so pose no threat to the US, since no nation is crazy enough to pose a threat to the US.

    Mr Rall should speculate on when such drones will become accessible to non-state actors, who know the US will punish the most convenient scapegoat, not the most guilty, so non-state actors, if they ever got any, could (and would) deploy weapons-grade drones with impunity.

  2. donaldrk30

    donaldrk30 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    God! This guy gets more tiresome every day. I’ll bet his ancesters were drawing cartoons about the horrors of muskets!

  3. michael pokrivnak

    michael pokrivnak said, about 2 years ago

    @Michael wme

    Golly aren’t you just the smart one. Thanks for informing all us dumbys.

  4. Prof_Bleen

    Prof_Bleen said, about 2 years ago

    Rall definitely has the second panel all wrong. Fundamentalist Muslims are creationists, too.

  5. TKogon

    TKogon said, about 2 years ago

    @Michael wme

    Forget your “international law!” We have this little thing called the Constitution. We have our own law…we’re a country. The president shouldn’t have the power to kill someone. That’s the power a king has. “Off with his head,” a wicked king would say. Not much different than, “Send in a drone,” except for the collateral damage.

  6. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago


    Neither should we be able to imprison without trial, or initiate a war unprovoked,or torture helpless captives in black hole prisons. America stacked naked prisoners on top of each other , hung them for days by their wrists and had them beaten to death. This is just a gentle relative of the agent orange and napalm we dropped on Viet Nam. I’d hazard a guess that every president since Kennedy has initiated an action outside of the United State, which if scrutinized by the average person, would be judged to have resulted in unjust (immoral)injury to innocent humans.

  7. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 2 years ago

    There will come a time in the future where the drone aircraft and drone tanks meet in combat and the winner will be the country with the best educated computer hackers able to incapacitate the weapon platforms of the other side. I’m not worried about Pakistan, or even China- the most likely of our opponents, we’ve educated so many of their citizens and they get to look at all of the computer pieces we ask them to make for us. When the first American is killed by a drone in Nebraska, it will be under the control of the state FBI, CIA, NSA, &/or State Police…unless of course some hate group launches a home made drone at some gov’t organization or Planned Parenthood office.

  8. Donald Williams

    Donald Williams said, about 2 years ago


    We have this little thing called the Constitution.
    This Constitution to which you refer is becoming less and less relevant to the government, whose officials continue to do whatever they want. Click here:
    The Constitution

  9. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, about 2 years ago

    The expression “American Interests” has bothered me for years.


    I prefer “Schweinebraten” over burgers?


    So I act against the profits of McDonald’s and Burger King?


    So I hamper “American Interests”?


    So I am an enemy combatant?


    So I can – now – legally – be killed by a drone strike, because the concept of “Sovereign Country” no longer exists, at least in the mind of the U.S.?


    What a brave new world we are living in!!!

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 2 years ago


    If the US sanctions that law it becomes part of our Constitution. Didn’t you know?
    Some 70 countries are looking into drones. Who knows how many will be armed. They have the USA to follow on use of them.

  11. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago


    The Mexican Mafia can afford, and might just use the technology.

  12. pirate227

    pirate227 said, about 2 years ago

    So, we’re killing radical Pakistani clergy, just for being radical? Or is it that they are engaged in terrorism against the USA? Oh, never-mind that wouldn’t have made nearly as good a cartoon…

  13. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 2 years ago

    Where are all the peace protesters marching on DC demanding Barry to be tried for war crimes?
    Oh, that’s right he’s a Dem so it doesn’t really matter.
    Btw I think continuing to use the drones Bush started is the only good thing Barry has done in 4 years.

  14. Bill

    Bill said, about 2 years ago

    @Michael wme

    Excellent explication, Michael wme. Thank you for trying to make clear that which too many Americans cannot or will not see.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 2 years ago


    Since 2007, there have been 1,427 applications for drones in the USA.

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