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America Looks at its Neighbors – 1932 Cartoon

In light of recent events involving our deficit, military spending and budget cuts, this 1932 cartoon feels prescient.

In light of recent events involving our deficit, military spending and budget cuts, this 1932 cartoon by 3-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rollin Kirby feels prescient.

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.

14 replies on “America Looks at its Neighbors – 1932 Cartoon”

For all the jokes about France’s quick surrender, she and Britain bought us some time. Imagine how quickly Hitler would have sliced through Europe if their defense spending had matched ours.

That’s something, isn’t it? Seven years later the continent was at war, nine years later America was in the war right along with the rest and thirteen years later the war was over and the US was finishing her transition into the new Europe.

Now, finally, it’s all come full circle and Europe is consumed with the need to mend its fences while America is overdrawn due to excessive armaments.

the defense spending france made before WW II was very large. they built the maginot line to fight WW I all over again but forgot that germany would also fight WW I all over again and invade france, not through the maginot line but throught belgium. the reason the invasion took so long is that both sides sat looking at one another through the long period of the ‘phony’ war. when germany finally struck it was over quickly with the maginot line largely unattacked.

considering the ability of the germans to actually invade england cross channel, i think it was probably not possible that any invasion would have succeeded. they may have had the will but little else. they did not have the overpowering command of the sea that would have been needed. look at what the allies needed in both the atlantic and pacific invasions. germany would never have been close.

Are you suggesting that, had France not spent the money on the Maginot Line, Germany would have still sat staring just as long at an undefended border and wondering if perhaps going through Belgium would be better?

Yes, the Germans made short work of the European mainland armies. That was my point. I said “imagine how quickly … if” assuming you already knew how quickly it did happen. So, now that we’ve established that you do know that, imagine how quickly etc etc.

It is sad that our myopia blinds us to the world around us.
For years the liberals have blamed all of the worlds ills on capitalism, religious zealots, and military.  
For years the conservatives have blamed all of the worlds ills on human nature and the politicians who want to promote it.
Yet, I have to ask?
Who among either of us has not become so angry and disappointed with our “significant other”, son or daughter, brother or sister, father or mother, neighbor or the opposite gender that our heart did not burn with desires to do harm?
What is a government but our extended family.
If, we became the world’s military “savior” and “destroyer” it is because we “WE the people” willed it so.
This cartoon is priceless!

If World War 2 taught us anything it is that Air > Sea > Land.

If the Luftwaffe had wrested control of the air over the Channel from the RAF then it would have pulverised the Channel fleet in short order and then Operation Sealion would have landed pre-prepared forces along the south coast under the cover of an air umbrella that would have rendered naval superiority sadly irrelevant.

Fortunately Germany was woefully unprepared for a strategic air war.

If World War 2 taught us anything it is that Air > Sea > Land.

If the Luftwaffe had wrested control of the air over the Channel from the RAF then it would have pulverised the Channel fleet in short order and then Operation Sealion would have landed pre-prepared forces along the south coast under the cover of an air umbrella that would have rendered naval superiority sadly irrelevant.

Fortunately Germany was woefully unprepared for a strategic air war.

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