Henry Payne for January 20, 2016

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    BE THIS GUY  over 6 years ago

    This cartoon says more about the cartoonist than it says about the subject of the cartoon.Henry Payne is a cartoonist for the Detroit News. The biggest news in Michigan right now is the Flint water crisis. Since September 2015, Payne has not done one – exactly ZERO – cartoons about the Flint water crisis.

    He has done several cartoons about how President Obama’s policies have killed the coal industry, an industry that is non-existent in Michigan; the last major Michigan coal mine closed in 1952. Maybe, his heart is still in his hometown of Charleston, W.Va.

    If Payne is really concerned about what is killing the coal industry, it could be fall in demand. The price of Central Appalachian coal has fallen from $90 for a short ton in 2008 to $43 in December 2015. Apparently, the rules of supply and demand don’t apply for conservative when it comes to industries with which they have an emotional bond.

    As for this cartoon, people forget the funds that were released were Iranian property. The funds were frozen by President Reagan after bombing of the US Embassy on April 1983.Sixty-three people were killed, including 17 Americans. Among the dead were CIA’s top Middle East analyst, Robert Ames, CIA Station Chief, Kenneth Haas and several CIA staff members.

    Six months later, the Marine barracks were destroyed in the same manner that Embassy was, killing 241 servicemen. Again, Iran was believed responsible.

    The Embassy was moved to a more secure area in East Beirut. In September 1984, 15 months and 2 days after the first Embassy bombing, the temporary Embassy in Beirut was attacked, killing 2 US soldiers. There were no Benghazi type hearing as to why 3 attacks could occur against US interests in the same manner, in the same city, in a little more than 15 month period.

    Even though Iran had been implicated in all the attacks, the Reagan Administration continued to engage in back channel negotiations with the Iranians for release of US hostages in Lebanon. The Administration continued to trade weapons in hope of getting the hostages released.

    What Obama did is no different than what many Presidents in the past have done; exchange prisoners. Somehow, to conservatives because Obama did it, it is a great wrong.

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    Durak Premium Member over 6 years ago

    John Kerry is a master diplomat, getting things done where we have been blocked for decades. To accuse him of BUYING hostages is shameful, Kerry deserves much better.

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    Dtroutma  over 6 years ago

    “Patriot”; you overlooked that the explosives used to bomb the Marine barracks were part of the deal Oliver North did for the boss. And yes, it IS Iran’s money. But now they can also sell their oil and further glut the market, hmm, to destroy the Russian economy, or ours?

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    Mr. Blawt  over 6 years ago

    We exchanged prisoners. The money was released along with the sanctions being lifted for the nuclear deal. This is a multi-part negotiation. There is more than one thing going on here and it is not about wars, so you have to pay close attention or you might make the mistake shown in this toon.

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    Michael Peterson Premium Member over 6 years ago

    Lying piece of **** won’t be happy until more American kids are killed for nothing. You want to start a war? Sign up or shut up, Henry. Or, if you’re too old, maybe you’d like to send one of your kids off to die in the sand.

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    ChargerSXT  over 6 years ago

    He forgot the “and an apology” in the price.

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