Ruben Bolling at 10:00 am Wed, Sep 7, 2011
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Ants and Stars: Bruce Sterling and Jasmina Tesanovic visit the Sardinia Radio Telescope in Italy
The Snowden Principle
The Ghadaffi one is kinda odd. We actually got him to behave internationally, he gave up his WMD program, etc, but we recently changed regimes here at home to one which intervenes in countries that are merely involved in internal rebellions, and now we have to break our agreements with him
We got him to give up A WMD program. We don’t really know if it was his only one. Still another argument whether we have any right to determine what is a reasonable defensive military force for a foreign nation, especially when we have nukes and are the only nation in history that has actually used them.
But wait there’s more! We got him to give up -A- WMD program, and the shitty, expensive, non-working one at that! A triumph no matter how you look at it. (Note: Do Not Look At It.)
I can make mustard gas in redonkulous quantities from materials found in
any grocery store.
Please don’t invade me, bomb me, and make me wear a
I think the first one is most equivalent to editing out Greedo and editing in Jabba.
Meesa John McCain’s running mate!
George Lucas for President.
The last panel is ambiguous. Those who understand the numbers will take this to mean that, in the revised version, Obama went with a serious stimulus plan, with at least twice the spending of the weak one that was chosen, paying enough to the states to overcome their fiscal shortfalls, so that not a single school teacher was laid off. Even that wouldn’t have made 2010 prosperous, but it would have started us back on the right path. Thus, Bolling is objecting to the stimulus’s being too small.
But I’m afraid many Americans accept the wingnut lie that all fiscal stimulus is worthless, and that everything that wimp Obama does is “aggressive” and “socialistic”, and that Bolling is objecting to any stimulus at all. That would be bad, as we are just about at the last moment for another stimulus to be effective. And I’m afraid we aren’t going to get it.
Of course it’s a lie that Obama is “socialistic”
Under socialism, profitable companies are forced to share their profits with the citizenry.
Under BushObamanomics, the citizenry shares in the losses of companies with failed business models.
Now that’s a new cut worth watching! I’ll have a large popcorn with extra Retcon, please…
Can someone upload a version with Bush making Beavis noises, and Obama making Butt-head noises?
Yes. Yes. “AMERICA BAD!!! ARRRGGGLLLEEE!!!”
And while we resumed diplomatic relations with Libya when he wanted to play ball after 9/11 – the EU not only resumed diplomatic relations, but sold him ~830 Million Euros of weapons in the last five years.
Um, so pointing out their bad makes the U.S. bad okay?
Also, did the Euros render suspects for torture to Qaddafi, like the U.S. did? Just wondering. . .
Also, did the Euros render suspects for torture to Qaddafi, like the U.S. did?
It was all over BBC the last couple of days (although now I can’t find it) that the latest Wikileak shows that the UK delivered someone to Libya, who was tortured.
Thanks! Suspicion of Western hegemonic complicity confirmed.
The commander of anti-government forces in Tripoli, Abdel Hakim
Belhaj, said he was taken to Libya in a CIA and MI6 operation in 2004
after being arrested in Bangkok. Mr Belhaj, then a terrorist suspect, said he was tortured in Libya. This appears to be confirmed by documents discovered in an
abandoned office building in Tripoli by staff from Human Rights Watch.
Torture inquiry to examine UK-Libya intelligence links
Yeah, that’s the one. I have the worst luck with BBC’s search engine.
I guess I don’t see why opening up limited diplomatic relations as a ‘bad’ thing. Even between two enemies it is important to have the ability to have a dialog.
Sure, in principle, or theory. But a lot more than just diplomatic dialogue happened, right? A lot that was mighty bad, and mighty self-serving to rapacious elite Western interests. Which is usually what happens when powers in “the West,” especially the U.S., pursue “diplomatic relations” with a supposed enemy. IOW, it usually is a “bad” thing.
I guess I am not sure what you are talking about that is/was “… mighty bad, and mighty self-serving to rapacious elite Western interests”.
If this refers to oil, there were US and EU oil companies already in Libya.
The world is not black and white. Like how we had ties to Mubarak. We have to deal with unsavory people at times. We ALL do. I am sure you can find an example of having to deal with someone you loathed for one reason or another. It seems those who are most upset at this are also the ones who say the US shouldn’t be the World Police. Cake and eating it and what not.
I did find out that Obama was contemplating selling them a bunch of APCs – which surprised the hell out of me. Technically that isn’t weapons and not on the embargo, but still… Especially since Obama was supposed to be less of a hawk.
It sounds like the scales are falling from your eyes a bit? Maybe enough of them will fall for you to see that your “we” in these cases are “unsavory people” too. Had that happened sooner, then Obama’s actions in this regard would likely be no surprise.
1) The US is not the EU. If we cannot fault the US for its mistakes until every other nation is perfect, we can never fault the US for anything, ever.
2) Noting the US’s flaws is not the same as saying the US is terrible and awful and should feel bad.
3) Noting the US’s flaws is the first step toward fixing them and can be the sign of someone who loves their country and wants it to be better. It is not always the sign of anti-Americanism.
I agree with you. The “America BAD! AAARRRGGGLLLEEE!!” rhetoric wears on you. Diplomatic relations with Libya just doesn’t seem like a ‘mistake’ or something to criticize.
“You know what? I’ve had enough of you. Your simplistic analysis of the trilogy aside, The Lord of the Rings was a massive achievement. And even the Academy recognized them that they gave Peter Jackson the Best Directing Oscar – an award your little friend George “Toy Boy” Lucas has never – and will never – win. Bones”
He left out the part where Weapons of Mass Destruction were discovered on Alderaan, just before they were destroyed with minimum collateral damage.
How about when our gung-ho military takes off down the corridor chasing after al Qaeda, and when they round the corner, instead of coming up against an enormous crowd of pissed-off insurgents, they encounter half a dozen cornered stormtroopers who haven’t landed a single kill shot since the boarding of the Tantive IV?
Or is that going in the wrong direction? Still… a retconner can hope.
I love that the Outrider is taking off over the bustling street scene. #expandeduniverseFTW!
And here I thought that was the Slave I… er, that is, the Overtaxed Teabagger I.
> we recently changed regimes here at home to one which intervenes in countries that are merely involved in internal rebellions
As opposed to the previous regime who intervened….why again? Just pretty much because they felt like it?
I see the Jack & Coke in front of Boehner has been replaced with a coffee cup. Nice.
For me, the best retcon in this week’s strip is Bolling’s bold move to have Foster Brooks take over the role of George Lucas; a subtle shift, but it explains so much…
HI I’M GEORGE LUCAS ALLOW ME TO OVER-EXPLAIN THE OBVIOUS PREMISE OF THE FOLLOWING COMIC STRIP
> We actually got him to behave internationally
Cheney sent him innocent Afghan peasants to torture and kill for us, too!
It should be George Lucas’s, unless there are multiple Georges.