Editorial cartoons from August 29, 2021: terrorist attack in Afghanistan, FDA vaccine approval


This week’s editorial cartoon gallery is dominated by visual comments about a suicide bombing attack outside the gates of Kabul airport on Thursday, killing 13 U.S. servicemen and 170 Afghan civilians waiting to join the evacuation from Afghanistan.

President Joe Biden attributed the terrorist attack to a branch of the Islamic State called ISIS-K. Critics of Biden have said this confirms their view that the US withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of war would leave a void for terrorists to fill. They said he was foiled by the Taliban.

Besides noting the terrible human cost of the botched evacuation, cartoonists have described it as a blow to America’s standing in the world and a big mess for Biden’s staff to clean up.

In other news, cartoonists noted the Food and Drug Administration’s final approval of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, which removed a key objection from people resistant to taking it; the sudden popularity of a veterinary medicine touted by anti-vaccines; the resignation of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo amid a cloud of sexual harassment allegations and the decision of his successor, Governor Kathy Hochul, to provide a more comprehensive account of Covid-19 deaths; and back to school amid the push and pull of vaccine requirements and mask mandates.

The cartoons were drawn by Nick Anderson, Bill Bramhall, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, Scott Stantis, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Phil Hands, Joel Pett and Joey Weatherford of Tribune Content Agency; and AF Branco, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.

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