Disgusting Editorial Cartoon In the Washington Post

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    Joint Chiefs of Staff have written a letter to protest the running of this cartoon.

    Absolutely disgusting.

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    NEW YORK A Tom Toles editorial cartoon published in The Washington Post on Monday and on its Web site has drawn a very rare and very strong protest letter to the editors from all six members of The Joint Chiefs of Staff, E&P has learned.

    The letter, not yet published by the Post, charges that the six military leaders "believe you and Mr. Toles have done a disservice to your readers and your paper's reputation by using such a callous depiction of those who have volunteered to defend this nation, and as a result, have suffered traumatic and life-altering wounds. ... As the Joint Chiefs, it is rare that we all put our hand to one letter, but we cannot let this reprehensible cartoon go unanswered."

    A Pentagon spokeswoman confirmed the contents of the letter to E&P late this afternoon. That the newspaper had received such a letter was first reported on the popular AmericaBlog site, which is run by John Aravosis, this afternoon.

    The spokeswoman said a letter from all six joint chiefs to anyone, let alone a newspaper, is rare, but the cartoon so offended them, they wanted to let their feelings be known. "It was expressing their disappointment with the paper and outrage at using that image to make a political point," said Lt. Col. Diane Battaglia. "That is a rare occurrence, but the level of inappropriateness prompted a response of unanimous support."

    Battaglia said Post editors told her office that the letter would be published in Thursday's paper. Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt declined to comment on the letter. "My policy is I can't talk about letters until we publish them," he told E&P. "If and when a letter runs, I'd be happy to talk about it."

    Reached by E&P, Tom Toles said, "no comment."

    The Toles cartoon shows a soldier, a quadriplegic, in a hospital, being visited by a Dr. Rumsfeld who is scribbling on a form. 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."

    The letter, signed by Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Edmund P. Giambastini, Jr., the vice-chairman, and the four other military branch leaders -- and addressed to the Post's managing editor, Philip Bennett -- reveals that they were "extremely disappointed" in the Toles 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," they wrote.

    They observed that the paper is "obviously free to address any topic," even use exaggeration. But they added: "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."

    Aravosis from AmericaBlog told E&P: "Now that the Joint Chiefs have addressed the insidious threat cartoons pose to our troops, perhaps they can move on to less pressing issues like getting them their damn body armor."


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    lots of dark streets around the NY times building
     
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    If we are not speaking of the NYTimes in the past tense within 5 years, I'll be surprised. This is one more reason why.
     
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    Its the WAPO. I find the cartoon tasteless but true enough to be worthy of defending.

    Rumsfeld's policies have devastated the Army. Yes, reenlistment is high, yes morale is high, yes recruiting is starting to recover. All that is true, but none of it has anything to do with the misleadership shown by Rumsfeld throughout the Iraq war. Between him and Cheney, both would have been sacked for high treason in most other countries by now for their conduct in the war effort. Rumsfeld and co. botched the reconstruction so bad that we lost dozens, perhaps hundreds of American soldiers and tens of billions of dollars in the process, all unnecessarily.

    And the little line about torture and the like; that comes directly from poor leadership by Rumsfeld and co. about the issue of torture. Anyone remember Capt. Ian Fishback? The Army tried to shut him up but that case is not over and will not be over, and at the end of the day, it all comes down to Rumsfeld and co. not clarifying the issue for the troops and setting them up for needless pain and problems.
     
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    LOL, you are right about WaPo, what I said about the Times though, still stands!

    IMHO, Rumsfeld has pros and cons, both in serious areas. He talks too quickly for some of our enemies and friends, sometimes this is good and sometimes bad. He may be too heavy handed at the Pentagon, shutting off his ability to get good advice. He doesn't 'listen easily' or for long-he's too impatient. He doesn't give time for those that do not think or speak as quickly as he, to make their points. He seems to have a very quick temper.

    I do not think he wanted or condoned prisoner abuse. I do think that mistakes were made though, in how those reservists were trained and supervised. Perhaps his largest fault in that arena though, goes to wanting to 'protect' those that did it, at least until they were sure what was going on. The inquiry had started prior to the release of those pictures.

    He certainly does care about the safety of the troops, that has been made more than clear by many of the milbloggers. That cartoon is good for propaganda, but isn't reflective of Rumsfeld in any truthful manner.
     
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    Because they don't attempt to hide the cost of war?
     
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    That they lie. With malice and forethought.
     
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    No, because they have a very clear bias when it comes to "reporting" news and politics. It's so clear, it's laughable. Anyone who believes what they say or "report" in those areas is a fool.
     
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    Agreed with you. I don't even bother defending or addressing the NYT. The WAPO's editorial staff is excellent, presenting what is often (aside from occasional outbursts of intelligence at the New Republic) the only responsible, coherent and worthwhile advice, analysis and arguments from a centrist to left standpoint in the nation. Their reporting is often partisan, such as the Bill Roggio case, but they still maintain a high standard of excellence which the NYT and LAT can't come close to. A nice 2nd place rival to the standard bearer, the conservative WSJ, which continues to surpass the competition by light years.

    This cartoon= tasteless, but not without some merit.
     
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    Please explain how you see this cartoon as having "some merit". I'll wait with baited breath to be enlightened.
     

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