Imagine this headline above the accompanying photo for any political protest no matter how peaceful.
On Saturday November 10, I’ll be part of a symposium, “The Iraq War In Retrospect,” at the university of Wisconsin Oshkosh to “critically assess a war that impacted American (and Iraqi) society, politics and military families significantly over the past decade.” Dexter Filkins, who reported for The New York Times during the war, will be delivering the keynote. His book, The Forever War, is one of the best accounts of what it was like in Iraq and Afghanistan during the height of violence. Speakers for this event include journalists, veterans, scholars, experts on things and me. Opposition to the Iraq War is what got me started on political cartoons ten years ago. I’m looking forward to looking back (?) and to visiting Wisconsin for the first time.
The main reason I still get The Oregonian these days is to read the work of my friend Jack Ohman, who has announced he’s leaving the paper after 29 years. This is a huge loss to the Oregonian, for sure. Jack’s on to other things that he’s announcing soon. “I don’t want anyone to worry about me,” he told Willamette Week. “I feel like I’m at the peak of my career.”
And as of today the state of Oregon has no cartoonist on staff.