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This time at home, from a Tom Toles toon printed in the Washington Post.

It depicts a soldier in a hospital bed, fresh from a quadruple amputation. Rumsfeld is the doctor, saying "I'm listing your condition as 'battle hardened'."

Michelle Malkin says: "In civilized societies, if you are offended by a cartoon, you do not burn flags, take up guns and raid buildings, chant death to your opponents, or threaten suicide bombings."

Well, okay. She's referring to the fact that all 6 Joint Chiefs of Staff signed a letter to the editor of the WaPo that reads:

We were extremely disappointed to see the editorial cartoon by Tom Toles on page B6 in the January 29th edition. Using the likeness of a service member who has lost his arms and legs in war as the central theme of a cartoon is beyond tasteless. Editorial cartoons are often designed to exaggerate issues--and your paper is obviously free to address any topic, including the state of readiness of today's Armed Forces. However, we believe you and Mr. Toles have done a disservice to your readers and your paper's reputation by using such a callous depiction of those who have volunteered to defened this nation, and as a result, have suffered traumatic and life-altering wounds...

...While you or some of your readers may not agree with the war or its conduct, we believe you owe the men and women and their families who so selflessly serve our country the decency to not make light of their tremendous physical sacrifices.

As the Joint Chiefs, it is rare that we all put our hand to one letter, but we cannot let this reprehensible cartoon go unanswered.

Yeah, it was tasteless. And yeah, your typical American has the write to right a letter to the editor. But this was important enough for all the leaders of our military to respond to? Huh?

And I would quibble with Malkin on one small point. In a civilized, capitalistic country, the best way to voice your opinion is with your pocketbook. If you're offended, don't buy the damn thing. Money speaks louder than words.

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