October 24, 2021 Editorial Cartoons: Colin Powell, Broken Supply Chain, Expense Bill


Colin Powell, general and statesman, died on October 18, 2021 of complications from Covid-19. Powell was undergoing cancer treatment. In our lead image, David Horsey of the Seattle Times sketched Powell framed by the American flag and a quote from his memoir, “My American Journey,” advising oneness and a vibrant spirit.

Joel Pett of the Lexington Herald-Leader put an asterisk on the legacy of the four-star general: Iraq. As Secretary of State, Powell called on the world to invade Iraq based on misinformation about weapons of mass destruction. The Iraq War cost life 4,500 US military personnel and over 200,000 civilians.

Bill Bramhall of the New York Daily News chose to highlight Powell’s rise from his humble roots as a son of the working class born in the Bronx and Jamaican immigrants and a graduate of the City University of New York, without tuition fees. Powell found his calling there as a member of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps. CUNY School for Civic and Global Leadership is named for him.

Other topics covered in the cartoons include supply chain issues; President Joe Biden’s negotiations to cut his $ 3 trillion spending bill; the influence of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin in these talks; China’s hypersonic missile test; the effectiveness of carrots and sticks in getting people to get vaccinated against Covid-19; and the fight over voting laws and redistribution.

The cartoons were drawn by Nick Anderson, Bill Bramhall, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, 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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