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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

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Wednesday, September 18, 2002
2:20 PM

It's official--Tom Toles is a Conventionally Dense Liberal... Today's cartoon consists of four panels:

UN tells Uncle Sam: Okay, I'll do what you want
Hussein Tells UN: Okay, I'll do what you want
UN tells Uncle Sam: Okay, he did what you wanted
Uncle Sam tells UN: It's not what I really wanted

And then the little coda has Uncle Sam muttering to himself, Last time I cooperate with them!

But President Bush and the Administration explained very clearly that agreeing to inspections by itself was not nearly enough, precisely because Saddam Hussein has played these games before and is playing them once again--his no-condition agreement has, of course, conditions.

Toles is a talented cartoonist--he draws wonderfully, and is actually funny, a nice change from Herblock. But his drafting shows what he thinks about the world stage as much as his can't-we-just-talk-about-it captions. Hussein is just an adorable fellow, and Bush is a pointy-eared nitwit. One man gassed and disfigured thousands of his own subjects. The other is leading the fight for a civilization that permits people like Toles to make fools of themselves.

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