Thursday, February 02, 2006

Tom Toles is a tool

For some background go to Michelle Malkin’s THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF SPEAK

Toles’ and the WaPo’s response is buried in Joint Chiefs Fire At Toles Cartoon On Strained Army by Howard Kurtz

The cartoon is based on remarks that Rumsfeld made last week. In rejecting warnings by a Pentagon-sponsored study that the Iraq war risks "breaking" the Army, he said the U.S. military is "battle hardened" and an "enormously capable force." At the bottom of the cartoon, in smaller type, Rumsfeld says: "I'm prescribing that you be stretched thin. We don't define that as torture."

In an interview, Toles called the letter "an understandable response" but said he did not regret what he drew. In thinking about Rumsfeld's remarks, he said, "what came soon to mind was the catastrophic level of injuries the Army and members of the armed services have sustained . . . I thought my portrayal of it was a fair depiction of the reality of the situation.

"I certainly never intended it to be in any way a personal attack on, or a derogatory comment on, the service or sacrifice of American soldiers."

As for the Joint Chiefs' letter, he said: "I think it's a little bit unfair in their reading of the cartoon to imply that is what it's about." [Ed. - Tom, when did fairness ever play a role in your cartoons?]

If one wanted to satirize Rumsfeld’s choice of the phrase “battle hardened” one could depict bedraggled soldiers in dilapidated and damaged military vehicles or bleary-eyed stoop-shouldered troops on patrol. That would make your point.

Using the image of a quadruple amputee in a military hospital bed smacks of the snide elitist attitude of a liberal who came of age in the early 1970’s detesting all things military and who, to this day, wouldn’t don a uniform even if the enemy was coming ashore in waves.

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