It's that time again, time for my annual turkey cartoon. There are always plenty of turkeys to go around and this year, I chose to give turkeys to the people throwing fits about the recent nuclear accord with Iran. Sure, it doesn't magically make Iran throw up their hands and destroy all their nuclear goings-on. That'd be swell, but it's not going to happen.
Even if we went with the extreme hawk option of bombing Iran, how would we know they aren't hiding their nuclear program deep in a mountain, away from our bombs? One of the strengths of this deal is that Iran agreed to daily (yes, daily) UN inspections of their facilities. They can still hide things, but this will make it much harder to do that. Don't forget how well the inspections program in Iraq worked, actually better than the UN inspectors thought it was working!
And remember, this is a six-month preliminary agreement, with all eyes focused on what comes at the end of six months. If it doesn't work, or if Iran cheats, stronger sanctions will be implemented and the deal will be off. Isn't a preliminary deal worth a try? All we have to give in return is $7 billion dollars. But wait, they aren't even our dollars, it's Iran's money that has been inaccessible due to sanctions. Believe me, they're still getting hammered by the remaining sanctions if that's what you'd like.
Enjoy the cartoon, share, rant and rave and have a Happy Thanksgiving! (And as usual, you can find out more about the news behind the cartoon by following the links in this post or those found at my website.)
[Turkey kid voice]
Hey, kids! Ever wanted to draw a Peace Turkey?
Now that Obama and crew just signed a deal with Iran, it's the perfect time to learn how!
It's just like drawing a Thanksgiving turkey with your hand, then adding a beak, eyes and gobbler . . .
Except these turkeys are a little more vicious-- and much less tasty.
Just take your hand, then add military might, saber-rattling, a buncha' your own nukes, and presto! The fearsome Israeli peace turkey!
Sure, it's only a six-month deal, but this turkey's steamed!
Next, draw around your very opposite hand, add royal sunglasses, a snappy goatee and some Wahabbi sauce-- and there you go!
A Saudi peace turkey who's broiling mad about a nuclear de-escalation deal, that . . . may lead to a little more crude competition.
Then draw around your hand, add a little capitol dome and a generous sprinkle of AIPAC-- and, bingo!
A Senator Schumer peace turkey! . . . and be sure to leave room for all those Republican turkeys, too!
Steaming hot and ready to blow up the deal!
And least, but definitely not last, don't forget to draw around a billionaire's hand, add plenty of Super PAC spending, some shady casino dealings and a nuclear first strike, then blam!
You've got an Adelson peace turkey-- preheated and calling for preemptively nuking Iran!
So many peace turkeys gobbling mad over a deal that hobbles Iran's bomb ambitions in exchange for . . .
Seven billion of Iran's own dollars!
Will these turkeys give peace a chance?
Does a turkey have lips?