Ramirez: The fork in the road

posted at 8:05 am on October 9, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Investors Business Daily editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez does what we expect from a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner — he boils down an issue into one brilliant image.  Barack Obama has a decision to make, and it’s increasingly looking like the choice at this “Fork in the Road” comes down to whether Obama wants a Vietnam or an Iraq:

Obama appears to be wavering between redefining the goals downward while keeping the current troop levels or following the McChrystal request for a significant ramp-up of troops (as many as 40K) to meet his oft-stated goals of victory over both al-Qaeda and the Taliban.  We did the latter in Iraq and succeeded, although it should be noted that we escalated constantly in Vietnam, too — but remained murky on the mission and its goals.  The decision to be made is not so much the number of men but whether we want to retreat on the mission.

Ramirez has a terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives a fascinating look at political history.  Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here.  And don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.


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Obama is at the fork in the road.

He’s going to take it.

N. O'Brain on October 9, 2009 at 8:09 AM

We’re forked all right.

Doughboy on October 9, 2009 at 8:14 AM

His head will be spinning like Linda Blair’s.

becki51758 on October 9, 2009 at 8:14 AM

Now that he has the Nobel Peace Prize will the world still love the U.S. if we win the war or do they want us to withdraw and this is a bribe — can a sitting President accept money from a Foreign Government ?

wheels on October 9, 2009 at 8:15 AM

Present

Barry Hussien Oboobi

SHARPTOOTH on October 9, 2009 at 8:17 AM

Obama’s war strategy GPS is frozen in the re-calculating position.

Fletch54 on October 9, 2009 at 8:21 AM

Obama campaigned on surrender and withdrawl.
So Hopey is doing a real tight rope walk
as not to offend half of the Anti-War
MoonBat Liberals who voted him in,so what
Obama is doing,is allowing the Afghanistan
theatre to fend for itself,and fall apart
without any of Changeys political finger
prints on it!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on October 9, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Obama is at the fork in the road. He’s going to take it.
N. O’Brain on October 9, 2009 at 8:09 AM

No, he isn’t.

Barak Obama has never been the sort of person who makes decisions, and he never will be.

logis on October 9, 2009 at 8:36 AM

BO: decisions, any decisions, are above my paygrade.

jbh45 on October 9, 2009 at 8:39 AM

Obama is at the fork in the road. He’s going to take it.
N. O’Brain on October 9, 2009 at 8:09 AM

No, he isn’t.

Barak Obama has never been the sort of person who makes decisions, and he never will be.

logis on October 9, 2009 at 8:36 AM

I think you might have missed the “Yogi Berra” satire.

Saltysam on October 9, 2009 at 8:41 AM

I’ve been thinking about this long and hard for the last 10 minutes or so, and I have to wonder if the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to Obama might be some kind of lame attempt to influence his handling of the wars.

forest on October 9, 2009 at 8:43 AM

I bet he’s simply dying to vote present…

ladyingray on October 9, 2009 at 8:46 AM

I don’t want him to take either road. The Road To tokyo would do just fine.

OldEnglish on October 9, 2009 at 8:51 AM

If Obama was really shrewd, he’d give McChrystal the troops while all the attention is on the Prize. The left wing of the Dem party might be so happy about the prize, they’d let him do it. But I doubt he’s that shrewd. Or decisive.

Wethal on October 9, 2009 at 8:53 AM

McChrystal is so screwed…

CC

CapedConservative on October 9, 2009 at 8:54 AM

O’s going to have to go with more troops and he knows it. But the Nobel Peace Prize has got to be the most ironic turn of events in history….Bet O isn’t getting much sleep these days.

jeanie on October 9, 2009 at 8:58 AM

We’re forked all right.

Doughboy on October 9, 2009 at 8:14 AM

I had the same thought, but a different spelling.

barnone on October 9, 2009 at 9:07 AM

Saltysam on October 9, 2009 at 8:41 AM

If you choose not to decide; you still have made a choice.

And Obama is not even going to do that.

logis on October 9, 2009 at 9:09 AM

O’s going to have to go with more troops and he knows it. But the Nobel Peace Prize has got to be the most ironic turn of events in history….
jeanie on October 9, 2009 at 8:58 AM

Sorta like giving the Nobel Peace Prize to Lyndon Johnson. Right now it’s just stupid. But in a very few years, this will be seen as the very definition of “irony.”

logis on October 9, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Has Al Gore told Obama the size of the carbon foot print of his Afghan war is?

Jeff from WI on October 9, 2009 at 9:16 AM

think you might have missed the “Yogi Berra” satire.

Saltysam on October 9, 2009 at 8:41 AM

Obama is not smarter than the average…Oh, Yogi Berra, sorry.

jimmy2shoes on October 9, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Bet O isn’t getting much sleep these days.

jeanie on October 9, 2009 at 8:58 AM

That’s just the thing…he’s sleeping perfectly fine, he’s golfing, he’s taking Michelle out on dates. The wars are just a nuissance to him…

Youngs98 on October 9, 2009 at 9:27 AM

This is what happens when the media turns a Presidential Election into a popularity contest. You get a green leader.

I hope he is a quick study. All signs point to him being in over his head. It looks like the Nobel Peace people just gave him an atta boy, you can do it award :)

Let’s hope he listens to the people with Military experience.

You can’t run a war by committee or consensus, that’s how they lost Vietnam.

Dr Evil on October 9, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Now with the No-Balls Peace Prize we know what the answer will be.

RobCon on October 9, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Maybve he should ask Michelle, she seems to be the only one capable of making decisions in the family…

lovingmyUSA on October 9, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Ramirez: The fork in the road

Can we stick a fork in the obummer administration clique?

Mangy Scot on October 9, 2009 at 3:20 PM

The road in Afghanistan is not flat. It is a single winding track infested with IEDs like fleas on a dog leading to a cul de sac between surrounding mountains that are full of local suicide jihadists out for scalps. It is Stonewalls valley campaign and Peliliu with the Apache bands mixed in. No win is possible at a cost we can afford in that terrain. So sanity requires that we pull out and fight them in a flat place full of roads, like iraq was.

jimw on October 9, 2009 at 5:58 PM

That link brings up this image at the time I am posting this note. http://www1.ibdcd.com/image/RAMclr-101209_full.gif

That is a HUGE laugh-maker, especially the two cartoons
together.

{^_-}

herself on October 10, 2009 at 2:03 AM