Claim: The Joint Chiefs of Staff sent a letter to the Washington Post regarding an editorial cartoon.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
Washington Post making fun of Wounded Soldiers and Marines.
With regard to the Washington Post’s response: They are processing the letter, and anticipate it will be in Thursday’s edition. That is not a guarantee, but a strong likelihood.
We were extremely disappointed to see the Jan. 29 editorial cartoon by Tom Toles.
Using the likeness of a service member who has lost his arms and legs in war as the central theme of a cartoon was beyond tasteless. Editorial cartoons are often designed to exaggerate issues, and The Post is obviously free to address any topic, including the state of readiness of the armed forces. However, The Post and
Those who visit wounded veterans in hospitals have found lives profoundly changed by pain and loss. They also have found brave men and women with a sense of purpose and selfless commitment that causes battle-hardened warriors to pause.
While The Post and some of its readers may not agree with the war or its conduct, these men and women and their families are owed the decency of not having a cartoon make light of their tremendous physical sacrifices.
As the joint chiefs, we rarely put our hand to one letter, but we cannot let this reprehensible cartoon go unanswered.
EDMUND P. GIAMBASTIANI JR.
MICHAEL W. HAGEE
PETER J. SCHOOMAKER
MICHAEL G. MULLEN
T. MICHAEL MOSELEY
29 January 2006, the Washington Post ran a drawing by political cartoonist Tom Toles that used imagery of a quadruple amputee in a hospital bed to make a political point about Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the Bush administration’s policies regarding the U.S. military and the war in Iraq. The Joint Chiefs of Staff were dismayed by
The Joint Chiefs’ letter was published by the Washington Post in the
Last updated: 2 February 2006