Time for another round of ‘Karzai is an asshole and we shouldn’t be wasting American lives and resources supporting him’ cartoons. Never mind that this has been true for years, that we should have left Afghanistan long ago, and yet things still won’t change anytime soon.
But I want to highlight this one because it’s typical of the heavy on labels/blatant in its idea and says so damn little cartoon that is all too common in this medium. Yes, it apparently has a point of view, but it’s one so uncontroversial Gamble may just as well have said nothing. “It’s bad American lives have been lost on that fuckwad Karzai.” Yes. Thank you, Ed. I look forward to the counterargument to that view that will never come. Why not make a cartoon saying “Ice cream is a tasty treat on a hot day”?
Or let’s step back and consider the picture as a whole. Uncle Sam in the foreground holding a dead soldier, Karzai in the background standing next to a superfluous sign, holding a giant sack of money, and talking/pointing to someone off panel. It’s just horribly blocked.
And the labels. God, the labels. Did we need a sign that said ‘Afghanistan’? With a helmet on it? Did we need to be reminded that thousands have been killed and wounded? Or that we’ve spent billions in aid (and military power)? We have been in Afghanistan for over a decade. If someone don’t understand the basics of the situation, they probably don’t know how to read, period.
It’s just a lazy cartoon working a tired story, presented in the most dumbed-down, obvious way possible. It reminds of the fifth panel here
but then again, most cartoons remind me of at least one of these.