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I'm a combat vet (former 11B1P during OFF II and III) and the depiction of Roland Hedley is spot-on. I'm not so sure about the troops' response though -- most guys I knew when I was in were die-hard Fox News fanatics. Never questioned a thing and gladly believed anything that was fed to them (no intellectuals). This strip is great and you definitely have the support of all the critically-thinking vets!
Nose broken. Mission Accomplished.
Re Roland's queries this week: The original intent of Afghanistan mission was to not overthrow the Taliban and instill Western democracy but capture or terminate Osama bin-Laden. Barack Obama fulfilled that mission and is getting us the hell out. Let the Afghanis have their country and their problems back (and let China get sucked into that quagmire next).
The comic strip which showed a soldier comparing Fox news to the town drunk was totally unacceptable. Most service members know that Fox is the most unbiased news organization in the US. As a twenty year Army veteran I am pretty offended, and am going to ensure that every other service member I know sees this. My hope is that it will spread and Doonebury will lose the support of the military.
While you're sharing the strip, you might also share this Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll that concludes that watching Fox News leads people to be even less informed than those who say they watch no news at all.
Fox News really is like a town drunk: Mock what they say on the merits, not the political bent.
Mel's line comparing Fox to "getting your news from the town drunk" was the best ever! Laughed so hard I choked on my morning tea. I'm okay now, but still laughing.
If Roland Hedley is like Geraldo Rivera, is it asking too much for Mel or one of the other soldiers to break his nose?
GBT's gift is that he is able to so sincerely capture the point of view of so many fictitious individuals who are not so fictitious. Today's interview between Roland and Melissa is a prime example. I know GBT has never been a chopper pilot, or a chopper mechanic, or a Fox News reporter, so I as an artist of another sort (but unquestionably an artist) am still left in awe of what it is that inspires GBT. His Muses are da shizzle, for rizzle. Don't print this just because I'm gushing, print it because it's true.
Wikipedia has no mention of GBT having a military career; so how is it he can be so right on with today's strip, and the rest of the war(s) coverage? I would have been proud to have him as part of my flight crew.
The takeaway from the current sequence is that this whole question of whether wars are "won or lost" is BS, but how many of your readers would admit that that question is BS when applied to Vietnam? It seems pretty clear to me that we lost Vietnam. You can't have that cake and eat it, too: you can't say we lost Vietnam if you try to rationalize away the validity of such judgments. The fact is, wars are won and lost. We might not be able to see it right now, but just because a certain segment of the media goes out of its way to depict the war in a certain light doesn't mean that history won't eventually assign a victor, and it's just as dishonest to pretend that won't happen.
Hey Roland, I can tell you. The war in Afghanistan has succeeded. Bin Laden is at the bottom of the sea. Mission accomplished, for real this time.
I once knew a Marine who became a pilot in no small part because it looked like they were having way too much fun. While I don't know that he'd agree that nearly getting shot down over Iraq constituted good times, I do believe he holds to the philosphy that what doesn't kill you makes for a good story. Last I heard he was flying for the Blue Angels.
I get a really sick feeling in my stomach every time Roland opens his mouth. So bleepin' real. I want to smack him.
Yippee! Flashback Heaven. Forty years ago today sees the first appearance of one of the most important long-term characters in the strip -- Walden Puddle!
I remember working my way up into the PAO (Public Affairs Office, Tonkin Gulf, VietNam). From that auspicious view, I covered the war, and our efforts. My takeaway? War is hellish lying bullshit. We feed our finest young people into one end of the grinder, add millions in hardware, and get shiny aluminum coffins out the other end. I hate to admit it, but I was a whore for an air conditioner. I never went back to writing. The Muse was forever tainted by Mars. Did I say tainted? The Muse looked like that movie where the pig blood is dumped on the Prom Queen. You just never see it with that clarity again. This flashback stuff, in a comic strip, is likely the most accurate reporting we're ever gonna get.
Roland is a mix of Sam Donaldson on his worst day, and Geraldo on his best day. Annoying...
Go Mel go! Give Roland the takedown every other soldier he interviewed wished they could give him!
I have read Doonesbury from the first strip, but have always found Roland Hedley to be a depressing character. He perfectly sums up all that is wrong with the media these days. So bravo, Mr Trudeau, for creating such a monster. But sometimes I wish you hadn't.
At least in my country, in the real world of journalism -- which I happen to inhabit -- it's the Rolands who get jobs, and the Ricks are left to blog and get scarce or no compensation at all.
What's with the Xmas tree in April?
Today's strip is a Flashback Sunday which originally appeared in December, 2010. Whenever GBT takes a vacation, the syndicate sends out a week of previously-published Flashback daily strips and a Flashback Sunday. Due to the production schedule, the two don't appear together. Client newspapers are provided with a Flashback header, but many do not use it, leaving some readers wondering if they are reading a re-run or experiencing deja vu. You can always check here on the site, where we run a Flashback header at the upper left corner of the strip.