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POSTED September 2, 2014 12:33 a.m.

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

I’m writing in response to Chris Britt’s political cartoon which appeared in Thursday’s edition. The picture depicts a menacing ISIS figure holding a knife and a diminutive figure of former President George Bush with the caption “TA-DA!!! And you’re welcome!” and a small sign with the words “Bush Wars and Legacy”. 

The cartoonist wants you to believe that ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), a terror group that recently beheaded U.S. journalist James Foley, have killed thousands of Syrian and Iraqi civilians, and are now crucifying Christians if they do not convert to their radical brand of Islam, is somehow President’s Bush’s fault (A president that has been out of office for almost six years). Chris Britt’s premise is a lie and dishonors the thousands of brave men and women of the U.S. military that gave their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq fighting to keep America safe by taking the battle to our enemies. The reason ISIS is now a growing threat and is so brutal in their tactics that even al-Qaeda disavowed them, entirely rests with President Obama and his foreign policy of disengagement, detachment, and dithering. ISIS has metastasized in Syria and Iraq these last few years after President Obama and his VP Biden failed to secure a Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq prior to removing all our troops by Dec. 31st, 2011. 

Obama said he tried but Iraq would not negotiate; another lie. To know the truth, read Max Boot’s informative article “Obama’s Tragic Iraq Withdrawal-The president says we’re leaving because of Iraqi intransigence — but he never took negotiations seriously” which was published Oct 31, 2011. I, like most people I suspect, enjoy political cartoons that get readers to think seriously about an important issue, get a deeper understanding, and possibly persuaded to change your opinion. Chris Britt’s cartoon does none of those things and is basically a bash Bush, bash America hit piece. Readers should review some of his other material heavily bashing police. I would encourage the Manteca Bulletin to look for other cartoonists that submit material with a measure of truth and encourage debate.


Paul Banicki


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LarryBaca: 1 month, 1 week ago

Guess Liber is bailing again....

LarryBaca: 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Please, Liber... do you really think anyone believes that?..Really? So if you wouldn't waste your time with the "Looney Thoughts" of my posts, then why are you reading my responses? See Liber, that's why nobody is going to believe what you say... just isn't logical thinking on your part...
Now please quit pretending to be above it all and get specific with those great "Poin ts" in this letter.

LibertyFinder: 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Honestly, I didn't.
Why would I waste my time with Looney Thoughts?

LarryBaca: 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Yeah Liber, I "looked" at it over 140 times... Please, "no one really saw it", really? You did. Now back to the "Points" you think are so great in this letter, want to be specific?

LibertyFinder: 1 month, 2 weeks ago

And not having any comments must mean that all 140 viewers agreed with my opinions.

LOL....Actually, I believe that one person looked and told his friends to get a laugh by reading the baloney.

Wow a whole 140? So you wasted your time for a 140 people? Actually, you know each time you looked at it was a view. Did you look at it more than once?

Yes, Burger you did. So actually it is a lot less and you know you had many of your friends look at it. So in actuality, no one really saw it.

LarryBaca: 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I didn't think you would know how to answer that one.
No one read what article? If you mean the blog, I see about 140 views. (Views means reading, Doesn't it?) And not having any comments must mean that all 140 viewers agreed with my opinions. Now don't act as if you didn't read it, you studied every word, you just couldn't figure out a reply.

LibertyFinder: 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Funny Burger. You will have to read the article to be educated. Also, I notice no one read your article. You happen to be the only one that commented on your own article. Sad.

LarryBaca: 1 month, 2 weeks ago

And what, exactly are those points Liber?

LibertyFinder: 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Very Good Letter and Great Points that Burger can not defend

LarryBaca: 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Just because Bush has been out of office for 6 years doesn't mean he is completely innocent here. Remember, Alqueda wasn't in Iraq until way after Bush started his illegal war. Before you ask why it was illegal, ask yourself, Where were the WMDs?

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