Each week, I will try to show you an example of a brilliant idea that never ran in the paper due to narrow thinking or lack of imagination on the part of some editor.
In this particular case, I showed the above sketch to Editorial Page Editor Tony Fins, who said, "I don't get it."
I explained that Bush had indicated that he wanted the Guantanamo military tribunals to be conducted like the Nuremberg war crimes trials after World War II. I looked up the counts upon which the Nuremberg charges were based, and lo and behold, Count One was "Conspiracy To Wage Aggressive War."
I thought this was rather ironic in light of the moral bankruptcy of our pretenses for going to war in Iraq, and felt that what was sauce for the goose should be sauce for the gander.
Editorial Page Editor Tony Fins' take:
"Unlike Chan, I'm not as well-versed on the language in the Nuremberg counts
and indictments. But I do know this much, we're not Nazis. It's not an
appropriate comparison, even if it's a joke."
Why don't you let us know if you think this cartoon was legitimate commentary, and should have run in the paper, or whether it was over the top and a cheap shot? If you're one of the few people left who still admire President Bush, please try to keep it clean.