Hi. I run this here little anarchist/anti-authoritarian artists group called The Red and Black Artists Coalition. We basically collect any and all subversive type artwork and display it together in one gallery so that all the artists involved may get better exposure and have the support of like-minded people.
I was wondering if I could add this particular piece of art of yours to our gallery.
I hope you get back to us soon.
Note: I also posted this message on your old profile. You actually have a lot of nice things here that we would love to include, so let us know what you think.
This is brilliant! Great statement! I support our troops and think they way they have been treated (by both Bush and Obama) is terrible.
They've had their health benefits taken from them, they're under paid, and are now becoming the victims of hate crimes. And nobody has made a move to right the wrongs and start giving the soldiers the kind of respect they deserve!
Well, I don't see what your point is. You are not in the Military, and 95% of the Military knows what it got into when we swore in. We are willing to fight, willing to die, for the things you take for granted. Say what you want, draw what you want. I won't stop you, I won't flame you. It is your right. A right I am willing to die for.
I leave for Afghanistan in a few weeks. Was I mad, since I spend well over 3 years in Iraq? Nope. I had reenlisted for that reason, to finish what we started. Because I am a Marine, and that is what I do. It is Do or Die, buddy. Nobody likes to fight, but someone has to do it, and I can tell it sure as hell won't be you or your hippie friends.
im an iraq war vet and you do not speak for me lil kid. We went in with the oath that.. WE ARE FIGHTING ENEMIES BOTH FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC! Domestic means at home too! You would probably shoot american citizens if Obama told you to. Our country has really gone far from the greatness that it once was a hundred years ago.
Most of what you say (justifications for the invasion & brutal occupation of Iraq) arouses a question in my mind. What is you thought on the role of Military Contractors/Mercenaries in this War? I, personally am repulsed by your lack of compassion for fellow US soldiers, let alone the millions of Iraqis your armies have killed/maimed for life (think DU). I appreciate your forth-rightness, though.
most of the war funding goes to the private mercenaries and contractors , i have proof and personal experience of this from the 1 year tour i did in iraq. If other soldiers disagree with me then they are IGNORANT and BLIND.
"So I think we should just give this latest action towards Afghanistan with caution and see how it turns out, before making assumptions."
Too bad people didn't act so respectful when Bush was in office. Whenever Bush did anything, people just jumped to conclusions, made assumptions, and just freaked out in general. No one ever gave Bush a chance.
I mean, sure, he did some things that I didn't like, but people were just WAY too critical of him.
I agree with your sentiment that people did not give Bush a break, and I thought it was wholly unfair the treatment he received from MSNBC, the New York Times, and other outlets of the liberal media.
But right know we need to show respect to the to the office Obama resides in and learn to be more tolerant of whichever person holds the title of President, whether we agree with their decisions or not.
First, the troops being deployed to Afghanistan are not from Iraq, they are 8,000 Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and 4,000 Army troops from Fort Lewis, Washington. Another 5,000 additional troops will be deployed at a later date for support.
Second, Obama said during the 2008 campaign that he would deploy troops to Afghanistan to improve the situation there, so what is the suprise.
The point I am trying to make is that Iraq has distracted us from our goal in Afghanistan, which is the central front on the War on Terror, and were coincidentally the 9/11 attacks were coordinated from.
So I think that Obama is doing what Bush should have done in trying to repair the country and strengthen the democratic government there, not throwing valuable resources into an unpopular war in Iraq. So I think we should just give this latest action towards Afghanistan with caution and see how it turns out, before making assumptions.
Personally, I think this recent surge is long overdue and is a sign that the new administration is taking the initiative against the resurgent Taliban where the last failed too, and I wholeheartedly agree with this action, though I disagree with our President on a whole host of other things(ie 1 trillion dollar stimulus, 75 billion dollar housing bill, neither good for the country).
long story shot as an ROTC cadet i was hoping for an assignment in Afghanistan because i realized we had more to lose in Afghanistan going back to the Taliban. Iraq was not the threat that led to 9/11. I agree with the general gist of your reply.
The "War on Terror" is a joke on all fronts. 9/11 was an inside job perpetrated by the Bush administration. You can purport otherwise, but if you do any research at all you'd have to be extremely dense to think otherwise. Obama is only furthering senseless killing in distant Arab countries in the interest of keeping up DoD spending and war mongering corporations that benefit from blowing up cities and rebuilding them. We don't have a party for people who want to scale back our military, that is not an option in the US political arena. Obama's presidency is going to be just like Clinton. Lots of praise and media spin, but when you look deeper you'll find that the policies and directives are only micrometers above the "conservatives" they replaced. Both parties in this country serve the interests of multinational corporations and banks. The average voting records show that over and over again.
Here we go again. The 9/11 conspiracy theories. I always wonder where you leftist nutjobs pull out this crap, considering know person with a brain in this country thinks 9/11 was an "inside job".
I will not disagree that the two-party system is flawed, but Afghanistan was a necessity. Iraq was a distraction from the task of finding Bin Laden and denying Al-Qaeda a base in that region. The only reason we are still there is because we did not send enough troops at the beginning and allowed the Taliban to resurge.
Afghanistan can still be won, but it must be given top priority by the new adminsitration, despite how I despise Obama's policies on just about every issue.
Obviously you haven't taken any time to educate yourself if you still don't KNOW the difference between the word "no" and the word "know"... If that's the case I'm not surprised that you don't understand that a fire cannot make a building designed to withstand bombings fall at nearly critical velocity. Nor does jet fuel burn hot enough to melt steel. Nor would you have researched the fact that the owner of the trade centers took out an inurance plan specifically against terrorism 3 days before the towers fell. Nor would you pay attention to the firefighters that reported explosions coming from the basement. Nor would you know that sulphur, a byproduct of demoliton strength thermite was found in the rubble. Nor would you take notice that building 7 fell for absolutely no reason hours after the other two towers came down.
Governments have used false flag pretext for nearly every war in the past century. The Lucitania, the Reichstag fire, the Gulf of Tonkin, all admitedly set ups by governments to start wars.
You sir are extremely naive.
The Taliban and Al Queda are loosely knit groups that instituted individual terror acts entirely purpetrated in the middle east previous to 9-11, they haven't engaged in a single act of terrorism on American soil since. If you commit an act of war why wouldn't you follow through? You blindly believe that our government seeks our best interests. They've duped you into giving them more and more power every day. And you support them in doing so.
in relatoin to all of the 'obama-doom' comments and disscussions, as an english kid looking in on all this i think that obama could be good. everyone is capable of evil -i dont think george bush was evil i just think he wasnt very politically clever ( if that makes any sense) and as for obama, i think people just need to give him time. at the moment i dont think that he will be a bad leader because he does genuinelly seem to have your nations best interests at heart. but maybe i've just been brainwashed lol. my school is very big on obama and how he's going to be a brilliant president even though the school is in england. ...i have to admit though...with all the assassination attempts or presumed assassination attempts that have been going on, im a little concerned for the daughter. if someone wants to get rid of him i think they're going to go for the kid as a means of controlling him.
I always like to see that political cartoons aren't necessarily taking the easy route. Making a statement and calling things into question is important, especially in a political setting. I don't agree with the cartoon. I voted for Obama, and personally think he's getting trash talked for having to deal with a lot of problems the last administration left on the table--the economy, our overextended deployment into several countries, etc. There is more there than I think any one President--especially in a single term--can handle. Either way, I like the cartoon. Good stuff, classic political cartoon style art, clear and easily understood.
I know a bunch of guys who have served in the military over the last few years. Without exception they all would have rather gone to Iraq than Afghanistan. I know one that liked being deployed better than stateside because he felt that he was actually doing something good. Part of that, was even in '06 Iraq seemed winnable and that the average joe in Iraq seemed to appreciate what we were doing and trying to do.
Even since 01, that hasn't really been the case in Afghanistan. There are just so many things there that don't really fit with how we think about the world and how a government/society should be structured. So many hurdles there. I'm pessimistic on the people rising up as they did in Anbar, Iraq (the real decisive thing). To say the situation is incredibly complex is simplifying matters in an extreme way. However, the members of our military are proud and willing to serve and will go where they are sent and do the best job they can (as all of them have re-upped while we've been at war they are well aware of the deal). They are there for reasons that those who have never been called to serve in those dangerous parts of public service just won't understand. While they are proud and willing to serve they require that they'll be allowed to finish the job, the plan makes some version of sense, and their sacrifices, and the sacrifices of their friends, will not be in vain.
This gets to the spirit of this cartoon. The mumblings I hear suggest with Obama the military worry the job will be left unfinished and they will have fought in vain, and their friend's deaths will be rendered meaningless for Obama's political expediency. Especially if the press starts getting nasty about it. They weren't concerned about this under Bush, he didn't care what the press said. Now the Left is angry that Obama seems to be using political expediency as far as shifting the focus to Afghanistan is concerned. I think they were thinking Obama would be pulling the military back entirely, that he was a complete pacifist. Except, he's looking to get elected in 2012 again, he won't if he appears weak on national defense. So, on that the guy just can't win.
I can somewhat agree with *Spleef. However, what others need to realize is that this is an editorial cartoon with an opinion about the matter that, when presented visually, can be offensive to others, but are in agreement with others as well. My father's gun-ho about Obama, but I'm pretty sure he thinks sending American troops from Iraq to Afghanistan is a rather risky if not stupid move (he didn't like his pick for whats-his-face for the inauguration intro), so I'm pretty sure Obama's decision to do a sudden switch without any well-deserved rest -- or a plan B -- really peeved Pops.
He's been saying we were going to start focusing on Afghanistan before he was even elected. That's actually where we were supposed to be in the beginning, looking for our little group of building bombers, but Bush had other ideas.
Obama is going to make it so that if you are a man or woman who was sent to war by the government, and you lose a limb or incur some other kind of debilitating injury, the federal government is not going to pay for your injuries like they always have, you have to pay for it yourself.
What kind of man who has the gall to call himself "Commander-Chief", yet abandons our veterans, who make the ultimate sacrifice, when they need him? Does Obama despise our military men and women so much?