Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Metaphors Gone Wild

Now, don't get the idea that I'm tryin' to muscle in on the Comics Curmudgeon's territory...but what the heck is going on in this Dean Turnbloom editorial cartoon?

The caption is "Iraq Appropriations," and it's original home is here on AAEC (though that will probably disappear in a few weeks or months -- it did the last time I posted something from there).

The big questions are: what do the pig and clock represent? (Pork-barrel spending and the time limit on Iraq War funding? Does that make any sense at all?)


Ray said...

I think pork-barrel and a withdrawal deadline, yes. But how do they relate to the soldier? Is he weighed down by pork-barrel spending? Maybe, but then shouldn't he be more obviously burdened? Or maybe it's actually a pig in a poke?
And then the clock - how does the soldier feel about it? Why is it off to the side, rather than directly in front, or hanging over?

Anonymous said...

I think it's more an attempt to show how surreal the whole appropriations things must seem to a soldier, doing what he's supposed to be doing, must see the whole political pork-barreling and politicizing the Iraq war with artificial timelines...but what do I know...I'm just the cartoonist...

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