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UNBELIEVABLE
Rex Forkner | Portland, OR | November 11, 2011

You forgot one important box on the Penn State Straw Poll: "D: All of the above." I cannot fathom any of those people's actions. Or inactions. It's all unbelievable.

OWS PROTESTORS
Maerzie | Florence, WI | November 10, 2011

How can the strip today claim that the OWS protestors want "nothing"? It's been obvious from the beginning that they want our real democracy back, where people, human being individuals, actually have a say, instead of our country being run by the few, who inherited, or by some fluke, other than really working for it in most cases, amassed their multi-millions and billions.

POOR JOANIE
John A. Arkansawyer | Little Rock, AR | November 10, 2011

Poor Joanie. She looks at the Occupy movement and sees voters rather than citizens. That's how the Democratic Party got into this ever-deepening hole in the first place. "The sage points at the moon; the fool looks at the finger."

CONNECTION
Steve | Wadsworth, OH | November 09, 2011

Thanks, Doonesbury, for bringing the Boston Occupy / Bain Capitol connection to light. An encouraging sign for us progressives. You are the 99%!

THE OUTCOME
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | November 09, 2011

The side effect of my lifestyle and location is that I know people who support OWS and people who support the Tea Party Movement. I love today's strip, but in honesty, I've seen more action towards the voting booth in the TPMers than in the OWSers. The outcome should be interesting.

NUMBERS
Mary McFadden | San Francisco, CA | November 06, 2011

I wonder if the lesser number of under-30-year-olds responding to the current Straw Poll about OWS reflects the age of Doonesbury's audience. If the audience for Doonesbury is mostly over 30, perhaps those of us who lived through the Vietnam War have failed to communicate that history which would make Doonesbury more relevant to today's audience. Of course, there's no draft now, and because it directly affected almost everyone, the Vietnam War pulled the country together and allowed us to do other things. But the idealism was undermined by jingoism, by the melding of patriotism and profit. Now it's okay to say or imply that poverty is the result of a character flaw, not a rigged game. OWS is like shadow boxing. There's no clear enemy, just a general discontent, and there's no one issue to resolve.

NOT CARING
S.M. Wheeler | T. Falls, MT | November 06, 2011

I must tell you that after years of not caring for him all that much I've finally, completely, fallen for B.D. The Doonesbury family belongs to us all in a very special way. Thank you, GBT, for telling all of our stories.

THE MIAMI DOLPHINS
Joel Calhoun | Monticello, MS | November 06, 2011

Apparently, B.D. doesn't know how blackmail works any more than Zeke did -- especially when you consider the fact that his team's on the same level as the Miami Dolphins right now.

A VERY LIBERAL PROFESSOR
Yundah | Olivet, MI | November 06, 2011

I'm a very liberal professor at a small liberal arts college. Ten years ago I taught a class that focused on development of critical thinking skills by using current and historical events. I invited my fellow employees, from all areas of the college, who were veterans to come into my class and talk to my students about how they had served and why they had served, and what it meant to them, then and now. On the ninth of this month, I will offer the program again. We have moved the program my 30-person classroom to the auditorium, and to a time when other classes can attend.

We fill the room with quiet, respectful, students, faculty and staff, who listen to students, faculty, and staff tell their stories about being a member of the armed forces. The number of panelists who participate has risen, but the stories are real and raw and we all leave the room with enhanced respect for the sacrifice our service members and their families make. We hand out cards for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program and fill a good size box with signed cards and good wishes. I started this because I'm a brat; my dad and his dad and my mom's dad all served. My nephew is currently serving. It's how I and, I'm proud to say, several hundred members of my college community, choose to honor those of us who served or are serving. Oh, and we'll take every vet we can get; great students, focused and disciplined.

GO, B.D.
Nancy | Rochester, NY | November 06, 2011

Go, B.D.! A nice way to bring some attention to the scandal -- in the true meaning of the word. Not just the latest politician with an uncontrolled libido, but the devastating fact that veterans seem to be forgotten once they return to this country.

DON'T AGREE
John N. | Columbia, SC | November 06, 2011

I don't agree with the Blowbacker's "swath of devastation" characterization. I have been over there twice, and I was part of a massive swath of stopping people on the wrong side of the gun from getting massacred.

THE FUTURE
V. Felts | San Diego, CA | November 05, 2011

While I, too, am concerned that my government chose to borrow from China instead of asking the 99% of the citizens not in the military to accept a tax increase to pay for the wars, I am more concerned about the 1% of the American populace which has been most directly affected by this giant mis-step: the troops who are fighting these wars, and their families. And that 1%, as opposed to the 1%-ers referred to in the OWS rhetoric, also pays taxes at a higher rate with no substantial tax shelters. They're paying taxes to help support the wars they've been commanded to fight! While hindsight can inform what we do in the future, it can't change the past. Go Hightower!

SURPRISES AND DELIGHTS
Roger Day | Baltimore, MD | November 05, 2011

Great cartoon today. I had thought of many cheesier ways it could've ended, but this one surprises and delights. It's also a neat counterpoint to the "support the troops" mode that Doonesbury started with this thread. I hope your plans for Hightower are good. His guilt from killing people plus guilt from knowing he contributed to a massive swath of devastation would be too much for anyone, in my opinion.

AT THE SAME TIME
12bigdon1 | Las Vegan, NV | November 04, 2011

Re today's strip: As a 30-year Navy vet whose son served two tours in Iraq, I supported the war in Afghanistan from the begining and opposed the Iraq war at the same time. The true believers who still think that the Iraq war was justified by the vague threats and unsubstantiated rumors of the imminent danger of the so-called "Weapons of Mass Destruction" that Saddam supposedly had hidden somewhere in his country will never be convinced that the tyrant was a paper tiger. To get an idea how badly our intelligence was misled in the run-up to the war, just Google "Curveball" to see how an unemployed Baghdad tavxi driver managed to hornswoggle the Germans, the Brits and us into believing what the neocons wanted to believe. It was a pitiful exercise in futility.

COLLEGE PROFESSORS
Angie S. | Washington, D.C. | November 04, 2011

Maybe some college professors are radical liberals who would never join the military, but most are just thoughtful, well-educated people who try to make their decisions based on the real information at hand. Seems you can't judge a book by its cover, nor a college professor by his tweed coat.

FIVE DAYS
Michael Utzinger | Milwaukee, WI | November 04, 2011

"...A view shared by many in my command.." Five days to set us up for this punch line! Well done GBT. Yet again you make your point through the complexities of the American experience. I am a college professor who, as a student, chose to protest the war in Vietnam in the sixties while four of my cousins chose to serve. My nephew served two tours in Iraq. I am ashamed that my government chose to borrow money from China to pay for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq instead of asking the 99% of the citizens not in the military to accept a tax increase to pay for the wars.

REMEMBER IT DIFFERENTLY
Buzzcook | Everett, WA | November 04, 2011

With all due respect, I remember it differently. I opposed the war and pointed out that Powell's speech was riddled with errors if not outright lies. I wasn't alone in that. I also remember the largest protests in history marching in the cities of the world against the invasion. In real time, each of the Bush administrations excuses for going to war were debunked. If it's only in hindsight that people realize the invasion was wrong; it's because they weren't paying attention at the time.

HINDSIGHT
Bernard | Washington, D.C. | November 04, 2011

With all the current Monday-morning quarterbacking and 20/20 hindsight, it might be helpful to remember what surrounded the run-up to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Everyone believed that Saddam Hussein and Iraq was a threat that needed to be eliminated -- the U.S., the British, the Germans, the French, everyone. The only real controversy at that time was what to do about it. I recall that the King of Jordan told Gen. Tommy Franks that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and would use them. Alan Greenspan, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, stated that Saddam Hussein's clear goal was to get control of the Middle East oil fields, and was probably within five years of being able to do so. Saddam Hussein himself told our interrogators after his capture that he did not have weapons of mass destruction, but that he had kept the minds and the means to make them. The decision to invade Iraq was a drawn-out and complicated process, and the American people are ill-served by the simplistic Bush lied/Cheney lied/Rice lied/Powell lied reductionism that we now hear.

PUBLIC PERCEPTION
Keith | Knoxville, TN | November 04, 2011

Love today's strip. Everyone I know who served in Iraq thinks it was a mistake for us to be there. I'm sure this isn't a representative sample, but the public perception seems to be that the military are always supportive of any war that we're in. Not true...

LOVED THE PUNCHLINE
J.B. | Cambridge, UK | November 04, 2011

Loved the punchline to today's strip. I recall going to a college garden party in about 2006, and I fell into conversation with the college's bursar, a rather peppery retired major. Somehow the subject of the war came up. I was in my early twenties, so when the bursar demanded to know what I thought of the Iraq war, I was rather intimidated. However, I didn't wish to lie, so I said bluntly, "I think it was a hare-brained military adventure we went into under false pretences, and we really shouldn't have done so." To which he replied "Damn right!" and proceeded to tell us, at length, how disquieted much of the Army brass was by the whole thing. Moral: don't assume that all military men are gung-ho hawks -- and equally, don't assume that people who don't support particular wars therefore don't support the troops.