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CSotD: All is Well

The President emerged from his living quarters yesterday, as soon as Fox & Friends was over, to address the nation, and the “emerging from the light” angle was a different setting than the usual “walk down the long hallway” venue, which late night comedians quickly noted, just as they noted that he opened by saying Iran would never have a nuclear weapon as long as the guy who tore up the treaty keeping them from developing a nuclear weapon was in the White House.

I’m glad the mullahs stepped back and glad the President let them and can’t wait to see what cartoonists make of it all.

And I’m sorry so few of the cartoons posted this morning addressed it. Editorial cartoonists need to keep pace, if not with the instant meme-launchers on social media, at least with those afore-mentioned late night wags who had full routines ready for a six o’clock taping.

Counterpoint did come out with a January 7 edition, however — post-bombing, but in mailboxes before the press conference announcing the lack of war.

 

(Nate Beeler)

 

(Nick Anderson)

The mullahs’ restraint left the anti-Iran cartoonists at a disadvantage relative to the anti-war cartoonists, and, while Anderson’s point of bringing us to the brink holds up despite the apparent relaxation of tensions, Beeler’s accusation that the Democrats put national security aside in favor of partisan pursuits seems to fall a bit more flat.

On the other hand, we need to see how the commentary goes on the topic of the Congressional briefings, which predictably disappointed Democrats but drew completely unexpected and strong criticism from the heretofore solid Republicans.

 

Kal Kallaugher‘s commentary is likely to stand, since the President did nothing during his speech to mitigate the sense that his ego exceeds his political acumen.

 

(Walt Handelsman)

(Patrick Chappatte)

And, leaving Counterpoint, we find this pre-strike newspaper commentary expanded upon by this post-strike commentary.

Even without the intervening events, I could prefer Chappatte’s view because it not only fits with every insider hint that has emerged from the White House, but seemed evident as Dear Leader stumbled through the prepared remarks that, while more coherent than his off-the-cuff comments might have been, still contained not only his usual bravado but repeated his tendency to blame everything that goes wrong on his watch on Obama, who has, after all, been out of office for three years.

Trump even repeated the oft-quashed lie about Iran being “given” pallets of cash. That’s not a “point of view” but simply a determined propaganda spin.

In any case, the mullah’s “reprisal” missed its targets, and most observers suggest it was on purpose: That they gave Iraq (and thereby the Americans) sufficient notice to get out of the way and then purposely set their targets enough off to avoid a disaster but enough on to pacify their own mob.

Which their hawks and our hawks can spin however they want, but it does suggest this: If they, in fact, missed, not because they intended to send warning shots but because they are incompetent, why are we so worried about what they might do next?

 

Which continuing concern elicits this odd “What a minute …” moment, as Mike Thompson suggests, and the twist in directions is perfectly consistent with that lack of attention span Chappatte noted in his cartoon. Dear Leader also called upon our allies to hammer out an agreement that sounded an awful lot like the one he tore up.

We may need to wait for a new international summit or the next Trump pep rally to find out if he has truly kept focus on the idea of retaining the allies we’ve still got.

 

Meanwhile, although I agree with Mike Luckovich that young people ought to register to vote in this moment of unclear future, I’m in favor of getting them to the polls under any circumstances.

However, this reminded me of working a booth for a week at the Washington County Fair about the time of the second Iraq invasion. We were next to the Army with its display of cammo vehicles and recruiters in uniform, and across from a VISA credit card booth which was giving out American flag beach towels to anyone who signed up for a card.

We got to sit there and watch young people line up for the beach towels, then walk around and past the Army booth as if it were flying a plague flag.

You’re allowed to both register to vote and sign up to serve, but I suspect we’ve got an awful lot of people who are just here for the beach towels and I’d just as soon they didn’t vote or serve.

 

In more crucial matters

 

Luckovich also offers this comment on the decision of Mr. and Mrs. Windsor to buy a split-level in Peoria and join the local PTA.

Now, I don’t care about the Windsors any more than I do the Kardashians, except that I see this as a blending of Harry’s childhood memories of what fame and (unearned) fortune did for his mother, with Meghan’s growing horror over what it really means to be living in that odd, anachronistic limelight, like pandas at the National Zoo.

Which means that, if they knocked on my door at midnight seeking shelter, I’d pull out the couch.

Though, on the other hand, given that he was born to the purple and she worked her way up to the level where she got to meet him in the first place, I suspect they aren’t really headed for that split-level.

They have declared their intentions to become financially independent of Buckingham Palace, but I imagine they stuffed a few things in their pockets before they went over the back wall without bidding Her Nibs good-bye, and I kind of doubt we’ll see Harry running a debit route, collecting insurance payments on his Saturdays.

 

Though Matt Prichett holds out hope for a bit of normalcy.

Don’t let that girl slip away in Salinas, Harry.

Community Comments

#1 Sean Martin
January/9/2020
@ 8:57 am

Harry would have done this eventually anyway: he’s sixth in line, which means he really has zero chance — and he never struck me as the sort that would just sit around and wait for the other five to die off. Like Charles, he (and William as well) actually gives a gosh-darn about what kind of world we’re living in, and he probably figures it’s better to be pro active on the front lines than behind some big locked gate.

(And just as a point of reference, it looks like they’ll be moving to Canada, not the US. She has friends there, and he likes the Canadian way of life. While I’m sure he’d prefer Calgary, it looks like they’ll wind up in Toronto.)

Thing is, the Royals do a heckuva lot for their country, even though most people dont want to see it. Overlooking for the moment that for every dollar spent on them, they return it five fold in tourism bucks, Liz has been on 24/7 call for over six decades, and she still knows when to step in as Queen to get Parliament in line. Both Harry and William, like Philip, have served in the Armed Forces — and not back behind some fancy desk. Harry wanted to return for a second tour as a helicopter pilot, but Parliament forbade it. Let me know when any of the American Conservatives see their kids (or themselves, for that matter) putting on the uniform for the good of the country, than y’all can dismiss the Royals as much as you want.

#2 Kevin Tolman
January/9/2020
@ 10:03 am

Judging by his heavy breathing, I don’t think he could have made the “walk down the long hallway” and still done the press conference.

#3 Mike Lester
January/9/2020
@ 12:10 pm

Liberal cartoons: 7
Conservative: 0
At some point this becomes a propaganda site especially in light of the news.

#4 Sean Martin
January/9/2020
@ 12:30 pm

@ Mike Lester: With all due respect, Mike has posted conservative cartoons as well. They just dont happen to be very good, either in concept or execution, and it appears CSotD aims for what Mr. Petersen considers the best of the day. It’s not his fault if conservative cartoonists need to work on their skillsets a bit… or are we handing out those dreaded participation trophies? :-)

#5 Bill Williamson
January/9/2020
@ 1:02 pm

I agree with Sean Martin.

#6 Hank Gillette
January/9/2020
@ 1:11 pm

@ Mike Lester: You consider the Beeler cartoon a liberal cartoon? It implies that the Democrats want to lynch Trump, which seems to be more of a Republican talking point that a Democratic one.

I must have missed the memo where Mike promised to be evenly balanced no matter how deranged the Republicans got.

#7 Hank Gillette
January/9/2020
@ 1:14 pm

Somewhat interesting: I saw one of the tabloid rags in the checkout line last night that claimed that Harry and Megan were being kicked out of the Royal Family, rather than distancing themselves by choice.

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