Vietnam War

Herb Block, 5 May 1970

You see, the reason we're in Indochina is to protect us boys in Indochina

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Cartoon Analysis

  • Speaker: Herb Block

  • Subject: Vietnam War

  • Audience: Appealing to anti-war Americans, readers of the Washington Post

  • Context: Public support for Vietnam War is waning

  • Labeling: American soldiers, Richard Nixon, current President, is on the newspaper.

  • Irony: The soldiers say the only reason they're in Vietnam is to protect themselves. Basically, they aren't fighting for a purpose anymore.

  • Purpose: To persuade all American citizens that the war is pointless.