Category Archives: Afghanistan

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.

Infamy II

Infamy IIInfamy II was my cartoon in the Akron Beacon Journal on September 12, 2001.

Iranian Conventional Arms Embargo

150715-iranian-conventional-arms-embargoAs part of  the Obama nuclear agreement, Iran made a last minute pitch to end the conventional arms embargo.  Grinning Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif got what he wanted and more. The deal calls for the E.U. to also lift sanctions on the Iranian Republican Guard and the Quds Force.

At least 500 Americans were killed in Iraq by Iranian made Explosively Formed Penetrators. EFP’s are a more sophisticated version of improvised explosive devices or IED’s.

Frederick Kagan of the American Enterprise Institute explains here “Why They’re Cheering in Tehran”.