Steve Chapman from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 18 Jan 2020 08:21:15 -0800 Steve Chapman from Creators Syndicate 31d817d4053d348cf967793606230149 Trump's Phony Love of the Military for 01/16/2020 Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Many women are acquainted with a certain type of boyfriend. He's generous with gifts, meals and compliments. In public, he's the picture of devotion. But when you need him, he's not there. When you have a problem, it's your fault. Eventually, you have to accept: He's just not that into you.</p> <p>For the U.S. military, Donald Trump is that kind of boyfriend. He claims to be their greatest champion. But by now it should be clear he doesn't really love our men and women in uniform. He's merely using them.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 16, 2020</p> 96e8177059ece20c873bd3abfc5d863a Why Elizabeth Warren Is Not So Electable for 01/12/2020 Sun, 12 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The most important consideration for Democratic primary voters this year is not which candidate would make the best president, because the worst of their candidates would be a gargantuan improvement over Donald Trump. The most important consideration is which one gives them the best chance of beating Trump. Everything else is a distraction.</p> <p>Elizabeth Warren presents herself as the most electable contender in the field. "I'm the only person who will be on the debate stage who's beaten a popular incumbent Republican anytime in the last 25 years," she boasted recently in Davenport, Iowa. "In other words, I know how to fight, I know how to win, and that's what I plan to do."<p>Updated: Sun Jan 12, 2020</p> d6988fe593118b3f5195cbf44e90c204 Trump Upholds the Tradition of Lying About War for 01/09/2020 Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Donald Trump's administration has been a fountain of lies from his first day in office. But the U.S. attack that killed a top Iranian commander promises to turn that fountain into a tsunami.</p> <p>Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed the drone strike on the Baghdad airport was urgent because intelligence indicated Qassem Soleimani presented "imminent threats to American lives." But Pompeo was curiously unwilling to supply evidence.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 09, 2020</p> e3b97d27ca93a4516eb799657d3aae5d Klobuchar Offers a Return to Normalcy for 01/05/2020 Sun, 05 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>"My best judgment of America's need is to steady down, to get squarely on our feet, to make sure of the right path. ... Let us stop to consider that tranquility at home is more precious than peace abroad, and that both our good fortune and our eminence are dependent on the normal forward stride of all the American people." &#8212; Warren G. Harding, 1920 </p> <p>In the presidential election that took place 100 years ago, the winning candidate ran on a slogan that might have been soporific: "Return to normalcy." But for a country that had experienced the traumas of World War I, labor strife, a Red Scare and race riots, it promised a welcome respite. Harding got 60% of the popular vote.</p> <p>Americans often gravitate to the opposite of what they have. Harding was nothing like his predecessor, Woodrow Wilson, whose visionary ambitions included remaking the entire world order. George W. Bush promised to "restore honor and dignity to the White House," an allusion to Bill Clinton's lechery. Barack Obama, a former law school professor with a gift for inspiring oratory, was a departure from the folksy, inarticulate scion of a famous Texas political family.<p>Updated: Sun Jan 05, 2020</p> 9b713e6c9c3c4e2fb65c225b9086fdfd Iraqis Storm Our Embassy, and We're Still Failing in Iraq for 01/02/2020 Thu, 02 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It's a matter of official record that Afghanistan has been the longest war in American history, still going on after more than 18 years. But you could make a case that the longest war is really Iraq. We initiated hostilities there in January 1991, and they've never really stopped.</p> <p>You know something has gone wrong when a mob of the people you thought you were helping storms your embassy chanting "Death to America." It brings back memories from 2003, when Dick Cheney informed Americans that our invading troops would be "greeted as liberators." Yet the objects those Iraqis were flinging at our diplomatic compound were not flowers.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 02, 2020</p> 669bdf8b206e383fa0d3055722e95111 Some Good Things Happened in the Decade That Is Now Ending for 12/29/2019 Sun, 29 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Ten years ago, America was in an awful way. It had been through a decade of terrorism, war and recession, which combined to create a pervasive sense of anxiety. The worldwide expansion of democracy had shifted into reverse.</p> <p>At the end of the first decade of the 21st century, the U.S. economy was just beginning to climb out of the worst downturn since the Great Depression. Unemployment was at 10%. Americans were being killed in Iraq at the rate of three per week. The war in Afghanistan was going so poorly that President Barack Obama mounted a troop surge. Congress was bitterly divided over his proposed health insurance reform.<p>Updated: Sun Dec 29, 2019</p> 00e809398efd92da0f3adf74974b64ad As North Korea Shows, Trump Is a Terrible Negotiator for 12/26/2019 Thu, 26 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I'm starting to wonder if Donald Trump, bestselling author of "The Art of the Deal," just isn't very good at making deals. His presidency has been a ceaseless torrent of promises about what he'll achieve from negotiations with foreign leaders. But time and again, he ends up high and dry.</p> <p>Right now, the administration is waiting to find out what the North Korean regime meant when it made the ominous vow to give the United States a "Christmas gift" if talks didn't produce an agreement on nuclear weapons and economic sanctions by year's end. No such accord has been reached, which confirms the bankruptcy of Trump's strategy.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 26, 2019</p> ac44fc472d6d96842488ce1e765bb074 The Trump Tax Cuts Were a Mammoth Fraud for 12/22/2019 Sun, 22 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Decades from now, many Americans will have to consult history books to gain an appreciation of the lowest point of Donald Trump's presidency: his impeachment. But they will be able to feel the effects of his highest point: the 2017 tax bill, which he signed into law two years ago Sunday. That's because they will still be paying for it.</p> <p>Trump and his party took great pride in enacting the biggest tax overhaul in a generation. "It's going to be a tremendous thing for the American people," the president exulted. But like most things he says, that claim was unfounded. The package turned out to be an extravagant mirage.<p>Updated: Sun Dec 22, 2019</p> 2278c75e4d6f557db12e69b6b16121b0 Trump Behaves Like a Guilty Man for 12/19/2019 Thu, 19 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Donald Trump is not known to be a fan of country music, or any music. But lately, he is taking counsel from the Alison Krauss hit that advises, "You say it best when you say nothing at all."</p> <p>Not when it comes to heaping abuse on Nancy Pelosi. His bizarre six-page letter, released on the eve of the House impeachment vote, was a boiling mix of fury, self-pity and mendacity. But when it comes to sitting down, taking an oath and answering hard questions, he's as silent as a snake.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 19, 2019</p> f4dadf92c74eeaa6567928213ebf2b4c In Afghanistan, Presidents Lied and Americans Died for 12/15/2019 Sun, 15 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The United States is the most powerful military power in the history of the world. Yet somehow we can't win a war.</p> <p>In this century, we have undertaken two major ones: Afghanistan and Iraq. The first is the longest conflict Americans have ever fought &#8212; more than 18 years &#8212; and shows no sign of ending. The second qualifies as the most catastrophic U.S. foreign policy blunder since Vietnam.<p>Updated: Sun Dec 15, 2019</p> 4624af5d7883e392e1a5db1b42fc3243 The Redemption of Michael Vick for 12/12/2019 Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It's hard to exaggerate the viciousness of what Michael Vick did. While playing for the Atlanta Falcons, the star quarterback financed a dogfighting operation, provided a site for fights on land he owned, and took part in training dogs to fight. Arrested in 2007, he admitted involvement in the strangling and beating deaths of dogs &#8212; and to personally drowning them. </p> <p>Vick's crimes earned him a suspension from the NFL, a federal felony conviction and 18 months in prison, as well as the loss of millions of dollars in salary and endorsements. Now, the NFL is under fire for naming Vick, who retired from football in 2017 after a post-prison comeback, an honorary co-captain for the Pro Bowl. Some 740,000 people have signed petitions objecting. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 12, 2019</p> 249e254e92ecb7b83e7038e41637a84e Americans Turn Away from the Death Penalty, and Democrats Are With Them for 12/08/2019 Sun, 08 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Kamala Harris has always opposed capital punishment. As district attorney of San Francisco, she refused to seek the death penalty for an accused cop-killer, infuriating the police union and putting her at odds with California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein. In her 2010 race for attorney general, Harris barely beat a Republican foe despite California's strong Democratic tilt. </p> <p>Her presidential campaign ended in disappointment on Tuesday, but here's the notable thing: Her position on capital punishment had nothing to do with Harris' failure to launch. What was once a controversial position has become perfectly normal in the Democratic Party.</p> <p>Only one of the many current and past contenders in this year's race, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, expressed support for capital punishment. The others appear to be united in favoring abolition. Even former Republican Michael Bloomberg agrees. <p>Updated: Sun Dec 08, 2019</p> 1b768349468a3aab0b267af773c062be At the NATO Summit, Trump Indulges His Weird Obsessions for 12/05/2019 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Donald Trump is a volatile personality with a penchant for creating chaos and uncertainty. His impulsive, irascible nature often makes it appear that the only logic to his presidency is whatever event or TV clip happens to grab his attention.</p> <p>But it would be a mistake to regard his presidency as a disorganized mess. It's an organized mess that follows a trio of consistent themes.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 05, 2019</p> 6bd38b2e50322b79b5694a2d1fabbaf8 Rewarding Bad Behavior Is a Recipe for Worse for 11/28/2019 Thu, 28 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Professional football involves systematic violence. On every play, men do things that would get them arrested in other contexts. What makes it a game &#8212; rather than a brawl, a riot or deadly combat &#8212; is that the violence is controlled.</p> <p>There's a penalty for "unnecessary roughness" because roughness must be kept within certain limits. Some types of brutal contact are allowed, but others are forbidden.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 28, 2019</p> c43b26127bd3ae1135e30c4f294b26cc An Option for Republicans: Censure Trump for 11/24/2019 Sun, 24 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>For Republicans who are weary of trying to deny the obvious about Donald Trump and his attempt to force Ukraine's president to give him ammunition against Joe Biden, there is another option. In Thursday's hearing, Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, tried it out.</p> <p>Trump's conduct was "inappropriate," "misguided" and "undermined our national security," Hurd said. But, he suggested, this "bungling" did not rise to the level of an impeachable offense, much less a justification for removing a president. <p>Updated: Sun Nov 24, 2019</p> 46daffcc426174e130b2886bc5994056 Legal Pots Meets the Not-in-My-Backyard Crowd for 11/21/2019 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The effort to legalize recreational marijuana for adult use has been long, slow and arduous, but in recent years, 11 states have taken that step. The demonization of cannabis, however, has not stopped. It has merely shifted from the state level to the local level &#8212; as not-in-my-backyard activists mobilize to keep pot as far away as possible.</p> <p>In June, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a measure allowing recreational pot, something favored by two-thirds of Illinoisans. But while prohibitionists have lost credibility on the general issue of legalizing weed, they have managed to foment fears in individual communities.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 21, 2019</p> ec9de84d9a5480468775e01bf96216be Trump Was Combating Corruption in Ukraine? Don't Make Me Laugh for 11/17/2019 Sun, 17 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The House Intelligence Committee is called that for good reason: It oversees intelligence matters. And Trump's defenders on the committee think it's their job to insult our intelligence.</p> <p>One of their more novel defenses of how Donald Trump dealt with Ukraine is that he was implacably determined to root out corruption in that country. For sheer gall, that claim is hard to beat. It's as though Bill Clinton had rebutted allegations of an affair with Monica Lewinsky by claiming to be a virgin.<p>Updated: Sun Nov 17, 2019</p> b5cd75ab00f08803547e20f4567bd726 I Told You Obama Was a Moderate for 11/10/2019 Sun, 10 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Who would have ever thought that in his post-presidency years, Barack Obama would take a hard turn to the right? But lately he's earned praise from sharp-edged conservatives while getting the side-eye from progressives.</p> <p>"Good for Obama. (Not sarcastic!)" tweeted Ann Coulter. </p> <p>"What's really nice to hear is Barack Obama standing up for our rights and our values of the First Amendment," said Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren.<p>Updated: Sun Nov 10, 2019</p> 53bdfc12756959d3866edfede26e24d2 Ban Fracking? On Climate Change, Some Democrats Have a Better Idea for 11/07/2019 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The Trump administration's formal notification that it will abandon the Paris climate agreement should be treated as a huge in-kind contribution to the Democratic Party. It's an emphatic message to anyone who cares about the planet: Do not, under any circumstance, vote Republican in 2020.</p> <p>The Democrats running for president could not be more starkly opposed to Donald Trump. He mocks climate change as a hoax, wants to dig coal until West Virginia is just a vast cavity in the ground, and thinks the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should be a safe space for oil rigs. The Democrats recognize scientific reality, favor the Paris climate accord and are committed to curbing greenhouse gas emissions.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 07, 2019</p> 893697ae7d62ebe2670889a3382a15da Fiscal Abandon Is a Bipartisan Project for 11/03/2019 Sun, 03 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In 2020, Democrats and Republicans will highlight their differences on a long list of issues, from impeachment to climate change to health care. But they happen to be in perfect accord when it comes to being fiscally reckless. Our elected officials in Washington shower in red ink, douse their morning cereal with red ink and irrigate their lawns with red ink.</p> <p>The Democrats running for president take the view that anything that deserves federal money deserves federal money we don't have. The ante for the Democratic debates is not trillions of dollars; it's tens of trillions.<p>Updated: Sun Nov 03, 2019</p>