Alex | USofA | June 30, 2015
Re: Sunday's strip: The reaction is more clearly understood by looking at it from these soldiers' perspective. Both are maimed. For years, both have defended their roles in the war. All the dead children? B.D. can either look across the breakfast table and have the moment of realization that he participated in some capacity in blowing up a whole lot of Iraqi children very similar to his own daughter. Or, he can give everyone the lecture about the band of brothers who understand that freedom isn't free because 'Merica. The ideal victim is the one who blames himself and defends his abuser. B.D. is a victim. He will not confront what he has done. He will not admit it was a mistake. He will not admit he was lied to. He will not admit that his suffering went to fatten the wallets of a small group of powerful, rich men. He will not tell Toggle that they've both been tricked. He will believe he did the right thing up until the moment they pull a sheet over him because admitting otherwise is something too horrific for him to face.
Don C. Hancock | Boston, MA | June 29, 2015
In today's Classic strip from 1982 China claims an island. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Mary Asicit | Long Creek, SC | June 29, 2015
Rev. Dr. Bob from Australia's comment on Sunday's strip relates well to our current flap over removing the Confederate battle flag from state house grounds around the South. We can honor our ancestors who fought defending their homes, families, and land without glorifying the horrors brought on by the politicians of their day. Flying a battle flag defeats that purpose.
MOVING AND ANNOYING
Floyd Kermode | Melbourne, AUSTRALIA | June 29, 2015
Sunday's strip was in parts moving and annoying. Moving, because a lot of soldiers probably think like that. It would make the situation easier to get through, I guess. Annoying, because I'm equally sure that a lot of them don't see the reasons for them being in harm's way (not to mention having to kill a lot of other people) as irrelevant. I'm not a veteran of any war, that's just how I see it.
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | June 29, 2015
It's admirable that B.D. wants to protect Toggle's positive attitude, and understandable that he wants to protect his own. But I'd be happier if he'd said, "Regardless of whether those wars were ultimately justifiable or not, our individual sacrifices as soldiers were in support of each other, not in support of the war." That would be an impressive change in his views. But if he felt that way, he wouldn't have started with, "Wrong as usual, Rev." It seems that in order to maintain his equanimity about his sacrifice and Toggle's, he has to attack the maturity and sensitivity of anyone opposing those wars, or any wars. He should have said, "Rev, maybe you're right and maybe you're wrong about whether the politicians should have gotten us into a war in the first place. But either way, my sacrifice was worthwhile because it was in support of my fellow soldiers."
NO REAL CONFLICT
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | June 28, 2015
The conversation in today's strip is typical of many similar conversations in many nations about the many ethically ambiguous military conflicts in the post-WW2 era. For many people (of a variety of political persuasions), we've come to terms with the notion that there is no real conflict between criticising the disastrous political decisions that lead to war, on the one hand, and honouring those who put themselves in harm's way during war, on the other.
Jason Jehosephat | Port Chester, NY | June 28, 2015
What an unusual occurrence: I'm perplexed by GBT's point in today's No Regrets strip. Their sacrifices weren't in vain because they were looking after their brother soldiers? But their brother soldiers were also sent under false pretenses, and wouldn't have needed looking after if they hadn't been. Toggle and B.D. have succumbed to the sort of twisted logic I'd expect from a Bush apologist, which I know GBT is not.
Phillip Decke | Billings, MT | June 28, 2015
Amen, Amen to today's strip, from a proud Nam vet.
MBC1955 | Stockport, UK | June 28, 2015
A strip like today's make me appreciate what wonderful work Trudeau has done in developing B.D. out of the old blowhard dumbbell he once was into such a solid, worthy person, deserving of great respect in his solidity and his faith in his brothers of combat. I never expected to say this but he is a proper mentor to Toggle, a living example. I still can't abide his politics, mind you.
Julia K. | Omaha, NE | June 28, 2015
I'm glad the guys have no regrets, but I would rather have kept them home in the first place and eliminated the need for brother to risk life and limb protecting brother.
"Where are you going?"
"Overseas, to keep my brother from getting his ass kicked."
"But your brother is right here!"
"Yeah, well, I'm taking him with me."
Mike K. | North Hollywood, CA | June 27, 2015
Regarding this week's series about Mike Doonesbury selling Ronald Regan to Black voters: I was still living in Detroit when today's strip originally ran. I have a memory of seeing a billboard with a photo of a smiling Mohammed Ali with one arm around Ronny, the other hand making a fist in a gesture of enthusiastic approval. The caption above said, "I'm voting for the man!" Was this Mike's idea?
Alex | Brooklyn, NY | June 26, 2015
Re. today's strip: Oh, Mike, Mike, Mike. You aren't "anxious." You're "eager." A copywriter ought to know that!
Roger Webb | Little Rock, ARKANSAS | June 23, 2015
This week's five-years-ago Flashback series in which Zonker explains newspapers to Sam is one of my all time favorites. Today's strip even includes nice post-modern self-referential humor. It is my great hope that newspapers and Doonesbury will continue until I am dead or too addled to notice the demise.
Mike | Mississauga, CANADA | June 22, 2015
Did anyone notice the noses on the twins?
MUCH TO ADMIRE
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | June 18, 2015
There is much to admire about Texas and Texans. To paraphrase WIll Rogers, I never met a Texan I don't like.
The reputation of their police is not admirable, nor the TSA at the Austin airport this March (when I flew Anchorage-Austin-Phoenix-Anchorage). The Austin boys were far, far, (very much) more "attentive" (with their very thorough search) than their cohort in Anchorage and Phoenix.
Derek Stenfield | Galesburg, IL | June 17, 2015
It's a gift from the gods to have Trump formally in the 2016 race. But since you aren't doing dailies right now, how about you do us a solid and dig into the archives and treat us to some Classic Trump. He's been in the strip a zillion times. Por favor?
Easily said and done. To revisit Trump strips and storylines from 1987, 1989, 2007, 2011 and 2015, click here. De nada.
Shooshie Roberts | Dallas, TX | June 14, 2015
You have to admit, my dear old home-state Texas makes great theater. Politics, sports, piano competitions, ecology, you name it (other than downhill skiing) Texas makes great theater. It's still so big here that most people have a sense of being isolated, and that tends to make them think that what they say or do matters. So, they put on a big show, completely serious, utterly devoid of self-doubt, because they're unfamiliar with the concepts of getting along, compromising, listening to other opinions... Just like I'm doing right now!
Even more amazing than Gov. Abbot's State Guard response to the U.S.'s Jade Helm 15 exercises is the decision to withdraw a billion dollars worth of gold from the U.S. reserves and place it in a vault in Texas, where the powers that be think they'll build an honest state currency. They wouldn't have to read but a few books to see the problems inherent in such an unlikely undertaking. Perhaps they don't think the rest of us Texans have read such books. Perhaps they're right!
Well, I hereby stand alone on this stage, like our beloved lone star, and proclaim that Texas will continue to provide marvelous theatrical fodder for Doonesbury and all comers for the foreseeable future, without interruption. In fact, I'm selling tickets. Just one gold-piece per head! Line up!
M. Cocke | Houston, TX | June 14, 2015
Perfect! And I actually live here. Go Battleground Texas!
Peter | Hollison, MA | June 14, 2015
Today's strip failed to mention the nuclear-powered tunnel-boring machines they used to build the Walmart tunnels. That's why there are no piles of dirt. You see, the machines melt it into glass and use it to line the tunnels. Thanks for a great Sunday laugh!