Now that’s not one bit funny!
There’s a lot more to the Vietnam war and story that one person!
Political cartoons are often not intended to be funny, but thought-provoking. Of course you’re right that McNamara wasn’t alone in his responsibility for the Vietnam debacle, but he has just died and is therefore in the news, and he is forever associated with that tragically gallant phrase, and with the deaths of 60,000 US service personnel.
No one I know is laughing, but the cartoon is a good one.
I’d say that second comment was written by the man who drew the cartoon.
Thought-provoking? It provokes one to see the artist’s single-mindedness and failure to have a full understanding of the Vietnam war and the many responsible for it (on both sides).
As a former vet who served 3 tours in Vietnam, I can assure the artist, he would be hard-pressed to draw a cartoon with the faces of all those key instigators since the drawing would quickly turn into a huge wall mural.
Suffice to say, America has had dirty hands for so long, it can’t remember a time when it wasn’t stirring trouble or profiting from wars.
Hey mr 3 tours…picky,picky,picky…I only served 1 tour…but lost 39 of my grunt buddies…dirtyMc was THE architect of the planning for the war…he REPEATEDLY lied to the American public (if not to LBJ and Congress)…then he had the balls to try a mea culpa with his REWRITING of history autobio (that Halberstam nailed him on so well that dirtyMc had to call off his book tour)…dirtyMc was a slimey crook and liar and he FULLY deserves this and MANY MORE opedtoons…I hope he died a long and painful death!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Excuse me, but how do you do that with a political cartoon? Political cartoons are not a medium for balanced in depth discussion! That’s called a book.
Cartoons, like pictures, are worth a thousand words (at least)….that’s a start on a short novel anyway.
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