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BLINK OF AN EYE
R. Willis | Portland, OR | December 28, 2011

Very clever touch in the fourth frame, changing the manner in which Sam's eye is drawn, in synch with B.D. saying "blink of an eye." I assume we will no longer be seeing Sam with the wide eyes, but with the lowered lid more typical of the adult characters.

WAITING FOR IT
Curtis Burga | Mustang, OK | December 28, 2011

I was waiting for it, and you did it! Great shorthand transition. I remember when you did it to Alex, this time, you didn't even call attention to it. I wonder if Gasoline Alley had this kind of transition problem...

A FEW LESSONS
Nick | Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA | December 28, 2011

Whoa. Nice touch, GBT, between panels three and four. With the subtle change in eyes, Sam is no longer a little girl. I saw my 14-year-old give me that look yesterday. Sam is about to give her Dad a few lessons in parenthood...

ADULT EYES
Joshua Rey | Oxford, UK | December 28, 2011

Oh no. Sam has Adult Eyes. I thought her Child Eyes weren't an age-related feature, but something she inherited from her mother...

GOODBYE SARAH
Hartwig Kinder | Munich, GERMANY | December 27, 2011

"It´s time to say goodbye Sarah, I´m no longer a child." This little great sentence might and may be a code for a whole new generation of thinking young people throughout the world. God bless.

UPSET
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | December 27, 2011

I was upset yesterday that Sam's favorite doll was about to be thrown out. Naturally the doll had feelings! I believe in recycling and keeping old memories alive and the sweet little doll, full of so many dreams, was about to be thrown out with the rubbish! But in light of today's strip I mightbe able to forgive Trudeau.

MORE DIALOGUE
Yoachim Russ | Annapolis, MD | December 25, 2011

Here's some more dialogue for the American in the last panel of today's strip: "So did you, sir! This is your country, not ours. What have you done here in the last eight years?"

WHY?
Billy Yank | Sterling, VA | December 25, 2011

"You had eight years!" Why weren't you able to reverse 1400 years of violence and corruption?

A FEW PANELS
Mona Stern | Gary, IN | December 25, 2011

Today's strip was the best, summarizing in a few panels of a comic strip all the years of this misbegotten war.

FAILURE TO RECALL
Craig Baumberger | Greenville, IL | December 25, 2011

Prompted by Ray's recent comment about the failure to recall the lessons of Vietnam resulting in mistakes in Iraq, and our indifference to the welfare of our soldiers, I submit this short verse:

Please go fight the things we fear, While we stay home and cheer.
We'll try to catch the highlights on tv. Would you tell us how it ends?
That's too bad you lost your friend. Since that thing in Vietnam
We just can't seem to win.
Looks like we made the same mistakes again.

SUBTLE
Thad Humphries | Washington, VA | December 25, 2011

I thought yesterday's strip was brilliant, but today's is genius. Subtle yet damning. Thank you.

BITTERSWEET
Kate | Washington, via Hong Kong | December 24, 2011

Saturday's strip isn't the first time GBT has used that iimage from Saigon. But it was bittersweet to see on Christmas Eve. The man who took that photo was a dear friend of mine, who had choice words about war -- including the current ones. He and his wife threw the best Christmas Eve parties. He's gone now and we all truly miss him.

TAP TAP TAPPING
Tim Shephard | Philadelphia, PA | December 24, 2011

Bravo, Mr. Trudeau. Ray tap tap tapping away on his smartphone symbolizes I think not just the modern distraction as we ignore the reality around us, but perhaps the story of history itself and how it's inherently structured to repeat itself.

NOT QUITE THE SAME
Dan Nickell | Vienna, VA | December 24, 2011

The two events are not quite the same, but metaphors seldom are. The images that remain with me from 1975 were the faces of terrified civilians unable to get on the last helos out. This time, the faces of the natives are ungrateful and angry, as if to say: "Don't let the door of your Hummer hit you on your backside as you leave."

WHERE I WAS
Molly Larson Cook | Whidbey Island, WA | December 24, 2011

Today's strip set off an unexpected flow of tears. I know where I was in 1975, and I know many of us (wives, sweethearts, mothers) as well as soldiers will never get over it. To those who were in Vietnam and those who were at home waiting, please know you are not forgotten. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

DREAD
Stev Lenon | Chuckey, TN | December 23, 2011

In terms of the future B.D. refers to in today's strip, what I dread developing is a situation with corporate contractors and mercenaries being captured by one of the Iraqi factions, or becoming snared in the legal system of Iraq for their actions. While I will support the extraction of all our men and women in uniform from Iraq, i firmly believe that the corporate employees have no right to expect such support from the U.S. government. Halliburton and the latest Blackwater manifestation are responsible for cleaning up that mess.

FROM B.D.
U.D. | Red Sox Nation | December 23, 2011

I love this from B.D. today after calling the professor a "surrender monkey." It's a damned sin that the soldiers get low pay and have to fight the system for benefits and care while our tax dollars go to the mercs.

BUSH AIDE
David Derbes | Chicago, IL | December 22, 2011

The quote in the first panel of today's strip comes from "Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush," Ron Suskind's terrifying article in the NYT Magazine of October 17, 2004. Here's the full quote, which reveals just how delusional that administration was: "In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend -- but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency. The aide said that guys like me were 'in what we call the reality-based community,' which he defined as people who 'believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. 'That's not the way the world really works anymore,' he continued. 'We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.'" My guess is that the senior aide was Karl Rove, but who knows? They were all crazy.

WAR ARCHITECTS
Mike F. | San Diego, CA | December 21, 2011

Saddam was the enemy of our enemy in the 80s and that was good enough for us to look the other way then when it served our purpose. Make no mistake; when Bush mentioned "imminent threat" in 2003, he was setting in motion something all the war architects in his administration had been planning in one way or another for a long time.

COLIN POWELL
Jeanne Hutton | Tybee Island, GA | December 21, 2011

Why wasn't Colin Powell on the list?