Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Amputee Soldiers Are Funny? Not To The Joint Chiefs
Political cartoonist, Tom Toles, thinks amputee soldiers are funny. He created a political cartoon recently that appeared in the Washington post (Mon., Jan. 30th) that showed a quadriplegic soldier, in a hospital bed. He was being visited by "Dr." Rumsfeld. "Dr." Rumsfeld says, "I am listing your condition as battle hardened." At the bottom a smaller figure of the doctor adds, "I'm prescribing that you be stretched thin. We don't define that as torture."
But the Joint Chiefs of US armed forces have sent a rare letter of protest to the paper to take artist Toles and the paper to task.
Editor and Publisher is reporting that the letter protesting this cartoon, the contents of which the paper has not fully disclosed, was signed by all six members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
It is being reported that the letter says, in part that, that the Joint Chiefs were "extremely disappointed" in the cartoon. "Using the likeness of a service member who has lost his arms and legs in war as the central theme of a cartoon is beyond tasteless,"
The letter goes on to say, "While you or some of your readers may not agree with the war or its conduct, we believe you owe the men and women and their families who so selflessly serve our country the decency to not make light of their tremendous physical sacrifices."
I couldn't agree more and it is heartening to see the Joint Chiefs finally speaking up against this kind of treatment thrown against our soldiers by hat-mongers and anti-war cretins such as Toles and the Post.
Now if only we could have something said to the "protesters" who parade out in front of the hospitals our soldiers go to for therapy. These protesters harass injured soldiers and their families routinely.
But remember, they really do "support the troops".
...in a pig's eye, they do.
By Warner Todd Huston