This Week’s Cartoon: Red White and Blue Light Special

This one was informed by this recent NYT article about a lovely new bipartisan plan to reduce the deficit. As though we’re going to make up for the Bush tax cuts and trillion-dollar wars by selling off post offices. It’s a market absolutist’s dream come true.

The attack plan shown on the computer screen in the third panel is taken directly from the war room in “Dr. Strangelove.” At least one reader thought I was depicting a military strike on Canada. It does look a bit like Canada, I have to admit. But fear not, northerly neighbors! That general is still fighting the Cold War. You’re safe.

I drew this cartoon at the home of “Troubletown” cartoonist Lloyd Dangle while on a recent trip to the Bay Area for a comic convention. Lloyd, who recently retired his strip, did not seem to envy me one bit as I burned the candle at both ends to make my deadline.


  • Tom

    Last night on NPR was a piece about the Secretary of Defense telling the NATO countries that they should pony up more money if they expect the help of our high-tech military. OK, at what point do we just throw in the towel and use our military as mercenaries? Do we rent out the Navy and the marines to other countries that have work to do? Anything to bring in money to pay for the $500 Billion F-35 fighters.

    Before the invasion of Iraq, I was part of a delegation to a local congresscreature to argue against that ill-fated move. I said “Look, it’s called the Department of Defense for a reason.” Emphasizing the “Defense.” We seem to be sliding into Empire.

  • Nick

    “The Simpsons already did it!”

    Actually, the resemblance is so strong that I’m guessing the first panel was inspired by a subconscious memory of Simpsons 302, “Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington.” Here’s a screen cap:

  • Jen Sorensen

    Wow, that’s kinda freaky! I have no conscious memory of that, but I’m sure I saw the episode at some point. Remarkable that the drill is in the same spot, too, though composition-wise, it looks best in the dip.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.