Iraq War Over(ish): So it’s 1, 2, 3, what were we fightin’ for?


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Cartoon - ghosts of Iraq and Vietnam soldiers commiserate

Welcome home, you troops who made it all the way home, and who aren’t being re-routed to Afghanistan or anywhere else.  Take care of yourselves and don’t be shy about asking the country to fulfill its commitments to you.  People need to be reminded that this, too, is part of the cost of war.

There’s not much else to say, is there?  Nevertheless, with the Iraq War ending — or “ending,” as noted in this cartoon video by Mark Fiore — it a good time for Americans to assess how much of this war was worth it — and to whom.  (If you’re the Iranian government, for example, we all know that you have much to celebrate.)

The cartoon above, by the way, is from an artist named Carl Latuff, available through this site.  It contains hundreds of cartoons, apparently, others of which I have not reviewed and which therefore I can’t endorse — but I think that this one hits one particular nail on the head.  It states:

Download for free zip files containing high-resolution artworks (cartoons, photomontages, comics) produced by me from 2002 to March, 2008. All the artworks can be freely reproduced, without my formal permission…. Once saved to your computer, share it with people. Upload it on different servers, make it available on websites and file sharing clients, save it to CD, make copies and distribute. Make these cartoons to reach people with no access to Internet.

I think that least one can do when someone shares their years of work for free is to give them that sort of acknowledgement.

Now it’s your turn, Orange Juice Blog readers, to celebrate the end(ish) of this war in your own inimitable ways.


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 (in violation of Roberts Rules) when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Expelled from DPOC in October 2018 (in violation of Roberts Rules) for having endorsed Spitzer over Rackauckas -- which needed to be done. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. One of his daughters co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)