Editorial cartoons from September 19, 2021: General Milley’s secondary channel, Biden’s Covid mandate, Californian recall

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“Peril”, Donald Trump’s new book by Watergate reporter Bob Woodward and Washington Post colleague Robert Costa, begins with General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, conducting secret conversations with his counterparts in China to assure them that the outgoing president would not start a war when he left office. The revelation drew praise from Milley for curbing Trump’s worst instincts and cries of betrayal from the right for being behind the president’s back. Both views are expressed in this week’s editorial cartoon gallery.

There are also contrasting comments on President Joe Biden’s decision to mandate Covid-19 vaccines for millions of Americans who work for government and the private sector. Scott Stantis of the Chicago Tribune has cast a mask on the US Constitution, while Bill Bramhall of the New York Daily News has little sympathy for the vaccine refusals that are losing their jobs.

Other subjects in the cartoons include the comfortable defeat of California Governor Gavin Newsom in a recall effort; rationing of health care in communities where Covid-19 cases fill hospital intensive care units; no more bad news about climate change; the crisis at Rikers Island prison in New York; and the “tax the rich” dress worn by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the Met Gala in New York.

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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