Introducing An Unusual’Cartoon’

Don Chapman
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March 26, 2008
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Turn this page and you’ll find the newest MidWeek feature: Don Asmussen’s Bad Reporter.

I can assure you that this is the only time I’ve attempted to bring a “bad reporter” into these pages.

While officially called an editorial cartoon, it’s a very non-traditional sort - creating fake newspaper front pages and headlines, based on actual news.

To me, it’s terrific political/cultural satire - sort of like a late-night TV monologue, but funnier - and I hope it will bring you a few yucks, too.

Having added Ron Mizutani to our list of columnists three weeks ago, in this issue we introduce a new writer, Brandon Bosworth, who filed the Newsmaker story on energy expert Fereidun Fesharaki, a fellow at the East-West Center. A native of Iran, he sees $6-a-gallon gasoline unavoidably on our horizon. Yikes.

On another note, kudos to our cousins at the Star-Bulletin for publishing the important Esquire magazine article that led to Adm. William Fallon’s resignation/ouster as the head of the U.S. Central Command, which has oversight of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But I must disagree with critics who compared Fallon’s disagreement with the Bush administration’s Iran policy to President Harry Truman canning Gen. Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War. The big difference is that MacArthur wanted to nuke the Chinese, then as now North Korea’s biggest ally, while Fallon, former head of U.S. Pacific Command at Camp Smith, wanted to avoid another war for our troops, possibly World War III.

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