Category Archives: Afghanistan

Russian Bounty Hunters in Afghanistan

Russian bounty hunter
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The last big bounty scandal in the news involved the New Orleans Saints. But there are no saints in this story. The NYT reported that Russian President Putin paid the Taliban to kill American soldiers. A WSJ editorial questioned the need for bounties, considering the Taliban already whacks Americans for the religious thrill of it. But considering Putin’s record killing journalists in his own country it sounds plausible.

And inquiring minds want to know what Trump did about it. Nothing. Though he did kill a couple hundred Russians in Syria in 2018, but that was before the story broke.

Or maybe 1980s are calling to get back their Stinger missiles that President Reagan gave to the Taliban to shoot down Russian helicopters.

Anyway, Catherine Herridge at CBS says the CIA and NSA are split on the bounty story, and the president claims he was never briefed.

American Taliban Re-writing History Again

American Taliban, John Walker Lindh
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The American Taliban set out to remake the world 20 years ago. John Walker Lindh graduated from high school, converted to Islam and made his way to Afghanistan where he joined the Taliban. However, his adventure ended abruptly after 9/11/2001. U.S. forces captured him during fighting in a prison uprising near Mazar-e Sharif. The American Taliban then went on to serve another 17 years in an American prison.

In addition to harboring Osama Bin Laden, the Taliban was best known at the time for blowing up buddhist statues. Coming from Marin County, California, I would have figured Lindh to be more suited for the Buddhist side of things.

2002 Akron Beacon Journal

 

Syria Pullout

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ISIS J.V. Team

President Trump got off the phone with Turkish President Erdogan and announced he’s pulling the troops out of Syria. And Secretary of Defense James Mattis resigned.

Democrats and Republicans  found common ground slamming the Syria pullout decision. They say the pullout sells out the Kurds and creates a vacuum that ISIS will fill. Same as when Obama pulled out of Iraq. (At least the Republicans say that.)

Pro Syria Pullout

But Reason’s Nick Gillespie and Andrew McCarthy of NR  think Trump did the right thing. If we stay in Syria we’d have to choose sides in a war between Turkey and the Kurds. Erdogan’s nasty but Turkey is a NATO ally. Besides, we’re there illegally. Congress never approved it and that makes it unconstitutional.


9/11 Book Seventeen Years Later

My how times change… Here are a few cartoons from my 9/11 book published in 2002. Click on any of the images to get a readable image in a new tab.
9/11 book - Bok! The 9.11 Crisis in Political Cartoons - Chip Bok, University of Akron Press 2002

9/11 book - Bok! The 9.11 Crisis in Political Cartoons - Chip Bok, University of Akron Press 2002

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9/11 book - Bok! The 9.11 Crisis in Political Cartoons - Chip Bok, University of Akron Press 2002

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9/11 book - Bok! The 9.11 Crisis in Political Cartoons - Chip Bok, University of Akron Press 2002

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9/11 book - Bok! The 9.11 Crisis in Political Cartoons - Chip Bok, University of Akron Press 2002

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Mother Of All Bannons

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The U.S. dropped the biggest non nuke bomb ever on ISIS caves in Afghanistan last week. The bomb is so huge it has to be loaded into a C-130 transport and then shoved out the back door over the target (here’s a good ABC video if you don’t mind a 16 second commercial). The name of the bomb is GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB). Or Mother Of All Bombs.

Mother Of All Bombs

There’s speculation that Steve Bannon’s career in the White House is also turning into the mother of all bombs. He’s the guy most responsible for bringing in the “deplorable” vote which got Trump elected. But for now Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and economic advisor Gary Cohn seem to be pushing him out the back door. Meanwhile they’re pushing the president in a more moderate direction.

That is if you consider dropping the Mother of all Bombs moderate.