Iran Nuclear Deal

Rogue Nation


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In breaking the treaty preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, Donald Trump said he’s a man who keeps his promises, thus making the United States a nation that does not.

Except, Donald Trump is not a man who keeps his promises. Ask his first wife, or his second, or his third. I’d tell you to ask his idiot sycophants who were promised Mexico would pay for the wall, except they’re idiots.

We know the government of Iran is made of religious zealots who lie. That was a factor the six nations who are a part of this deal accounted for when it was made. As we now negotiate a treaty to end North Korea’s nuclear program, they will keep in mind that Donald Trump lies.

Pulling us out of the deal will reinstate sanctions on Iran and inflict them upon those who do business with that nation. Iran and the other members of the deal, Russia, China, and our allies England, France, and Germany, plan to abide by it despite our absence. This may force us to place sanctions on our allies. Other nations will now make it a part of their foreign policy not to trust the United States, all because Donald Trump wants to erase Obama’s legacy.

The deal is not perfect. It doesn’t prevent Iran from exporting terror, disable their missile program, or stop them from jailing dissidents. But it prevents them from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Our intelligence and even the Israeli intelligence say Iran has not violated the agreement. But now, the United States is in violation of it.

This deal also affects the moderates in Iran. Much like our rabid Republicans who attacked Obama for this deal, the zealots in Iran are now pointing at Trump’s actions as proof that the U.S. is a hostile nation that can’t be trusted, and that they should stop trusting their more moderate leaders.

Trump cited the fact that Iran often chants “death to America” as a reason to pull out of the deal. Has the “dotard” heard what North Korea chants?

The only three nations cheering Trump’s stupid decision are Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. These nations have long wished for regime change in Iran, but they don’t want to do it themselves. They would love to see the United States take military action against Iran, which would be a bigger mess and quagmire than Iraq. For Saudi Arabia and the UAE, a war would raise oil prices which would greatly benefit them.

Trump doesn’t care about the best interest of the United States either. He pulled us out of the Paris Climate Accord and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He’s moving our Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. None of these moves make the U.S. stronger but it’s red meat for his base of stupid people.

If Trump had negotiated this same exact deal with Iran his sycophants and Republicans would be trying to nominate him for a Nobel Prize. Why? Because it prevents Iran from getting nukes. Right now, the sycophants forging applications to nominate him for the prize based only on his agreement to meet with Kim Jong Un.

Now, the United States is the rogue nation. Why? Because our president is a stupid and petty little man. Iran and North Korea are dangers to the world, and so is Donald Trump.

Here’s the video.

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Ayatollah Thanos


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Did Thanos kill you?

Warning: This cartoon may contain spoilers. What? You already read it? Sorry.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a presentation this week claiming that his nation’s intelligence network has lifted documents proving Iran has lied about its ability to build a nuclear weapon. The problem with his presentation is that we already know that.

Yeah, Iran lied, but the international community took that into account when it negotiated the deal with Iran that prevents it from building a nuclear weapon. If anything, Netanyahu gave further reasons for Donald Trump not to pull the United States out of the deal. If Iran has the technology and knowledge to build a nuclear weapon, then why kill a deal they haven’t violated that prevents them from building a weapon?

The International Atomic Energy Agency issued a statement this week saying Iran hasn’t been active since 2009 in developing a nuclear weapon. U.S. intelligence, which Trump ignores, agrees. The problem here is that proven liar Trump listens to other proven liars like Netanyahu, Sean Hannity, and Fox & Friends.

The only reason Trump wants to kill the Iran deal is that it undoes Obama’s legacy. Trump is clamoring for a Nobel Peace Prize because Kim Jong Un has winked at him, but calls a deal that actually prevents a rogue nation from building nukes stupid.

Netanyahu made his presentation for an audience of one, Donald Trump. He hates Obama almost as much as Trump does. The hatred for them lies with the fact that Obama is smarter, better looking, more accomplished, more popular, and just an all-around better human being than those two men combined, and it eats at them daily.

Have you seen Avengers Infinity War? Normally I wouldn’t have seen a movie the weekend it came out. But on Saturday friends dragged me out to see Black Panther figuring it’d be nearly empty with everyone else at Infinity War. One of my friends has a history of dragging his ass, and he continued the tradition by making us late to Black Panther, so we went to see Infinity War. Somehow on short notice, we got in.

Shout out: My friend and former colleague at The Free Lance-Star, Dave Ellis, posted the Thanos link on Facebook. It gave me this cartoon idea. If anything, I spoiling the movie for you is Dave’s fault. That bastard. I can give you his number if you wanna yell at him.

Here’s the video.

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Endorsed By The Dark Overlord


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If Dick Cheney was a dentist, he’d be that one out of five that’d recommend brushing your teeth with sugar and battery acid.

At least George W. Bush has the dignity to sit in a bathtub and paint portraits of his toes instead of giving lousy advice on foreign policy.

Whenever I hear conservatives disagree with Obama and tell us how to avoid war I really want to throw something at their head. You were the guys who told us invading Iraq was a great idea. You went to bat for that. You sold it. You carried it. You swore by it. You bled for it…not literally…you sent other people to bleed for it.

Iraq cost us thousands of lives, tens of thousands of Iraqi lives, wounded many Americans who lost limbs and will be physically and emotionally scared forever, destabilized the Mideast, gave us ISIS, scattered refugees throughout Europe, ruined our economy and put us deeper in debt. How dare you even state an opinion on the U.S. and war.

Seriously, you need to sit down, drink a huge glass of shut the Hell up and let other people make decisions on keeping our country safe because you suck at it.

Dick Cheney was wrong on EVERYTHING. He was wrong about weapons of mass destruction. He was wrong about Iraq’s connections to aL Qaida. He was wrong about the cost of the war. He was wrong about how we’d be greeted. He was wrong about disassembling Iraq’s military. Cheney was wrong so often on the Iraq War that one needs a score card for all the points where he was wrong. But that old war profiteer was probably right about how much money his buddies would make on the operation through no-bid contracts.

The man is a war profiteer. He and his friends have made millions in blood money. It’s what he does.

Now he tells us we can’t trust this Iran deal. They say with this deal Iran is on the path to nuclear weapons. What kind of path are they on without the deal? Never Mind that Iran went from zero to 5,000 centrifuges during the Bush/Cheney administration.

I think Cheney had a reality transplant.

I would put more faith in Dick Cheney growing a natural afro than in him ever being right about foreign policy.

 

Trainwreck


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New York Senator Chuck Schumer is going to vote against Obama’s deal with Iran. That’s a blow for Obama as Schumer is highly respected, may be the next Majority Leader, and is the highest ranking Jew in the Senate. It also hurts that he’s a Democrat. Ouch, Obama.

There’s talk about punishing Schumer for this but I think that’s a dumb idea and would be very unfair. While I disagree with Schumer, and I believe no deal is a pathway to Iran having nukes, punishing him is bad politics and would send a very negative message.

It took me about eight hours to draw this cartoon. Well, not to draw it but it took me that long to finish it. I started the cartoon then ordered some Kung Pao Chicken, went into a food coma, woke up, jammed to some Pete Yorn, walked the Beagle, Watched the end of Across The Universe, corresponded to some social media comments, and then I started drawing again. It’s a hard job. I do have Kung Pao leftovers for tomorrow.

I am really not fond of using movies for an analogy in a cartoon, unless it involves sharks in twisters.

Why do I not like using movies in cartoons? I’m glad you asked. Because it’s lazy. It’s not unique or original.

I suspect it works like this for other cartoonist because it’s how it used to work for me: You need an idea but you don’t have one so you think “hey, there’s probably a new movie out there everyone’s talking about and I can just draw that and throw in some labels and maybe a caricature.” Work day is over and I’m brilliant. No I’m not.

Not only is it lazy, it’s just too obvious when the movie is popular. There’s been a dozen to a hundred political cartoons with Minions. I refuse to draw Minions, just because everyone else is doing it. Lazy. Plus, I felt the movie kinda sucked in comparison to Despicable Me (Despicable Me 2 was just OK). I’ve also seen a few with the new Mission Impossible. I don’t know which number Mission Impossible is this new one. I don’t like Tom Cruise, though the fairly recent one where he’s fighting aliens at Normandy and reliving the same day over and over was really bad ass. I digress.

Now if you do a cartoon with a movie that’s not popular you may think “yeah, I’m brilliant” except nobody else wants to do that because most people don’t want to suck. Readers may not remember the movie you’re referring to if it’s not current, so the movie should be a classic or at least well known in pop culture like Gone With The Wind, Rebel Without A Cause, Jaws, Star Wars, Wizard Of Oz, Blues Brothers, you get where I’m going here.

Last week some dork did a cartoon with the movie Shallow Hal. Do you remember Shallow Hal? It’s a Farrelly Brothers movie with Jack Black and it’s not a good Farrelly Brothers movie with Jack Black. It sucked. It makes things that suck seem to suck less because it sucks so much. It came out in the early 2000s and I doubt it would have been a good idea then. Did I mention it sucked? Basically, Hal is shallow. He’s hypnotized to only see the inner beauty in people, thus he starts dating Gwyneth Paltrow who is a total beautiful soul, generous with a huge heart, and she’s morbidly obese with cankles and acne. The movie teaches us the lesson to judge a person by their inner beauty and it uses a lot of fat jokes to sell that message. In the movie poster you see Gwyneth and her beauty but her shadow is huge. In the cartoon the shadow is a mushroom cloud but the physical person is an evil hideous-looking Iranian Mullah. Did the cartoonist even see the movie?

I did see a cartoon earlier this week that used the movie Trainwreck. Honestly, I can’t remember if it was good or bad, who drew it or what issue it covered. I decided not to go looking for it when I got this idea. I’ll do that later though to compare.

In my defense to this cartoon: Trainwreck stars Amy Schumer. She’s a cousin of some sort to Senator Schumer. They even had an anti-gun press conference together last week. That may go over readers’ heads, but screw it. I kinda like it, despite it breaking all my rules.

I really don’t like rules despite having a hundred of them for cartooning. In this case, the man I’m sticking it to is myself.

By the way, the movie Trainwreck is pretty funny. Lebron James steals the movie. Spoiler alert so stop reading here: You see a lot of John Cena, the wrestler. I mean a LOT of John Cena. You see more John Cena than anyone would ever want to see of John Cena. Over seeing that much John Cena, I’d rather watch Shallow Hal.

Update: A friend told me it looked like Schumer was holding a turkey leg to his mouth. It’s supposed to be a bottle inside a bag. His comment bothered me enough to redraw the bag. At least now it doesn’t look like a turkey leg.

Here’s the rough.

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