June 20

For his June 15 cartoon, why did Tom Toles go back to President George W. Bush’s ill-advised 2003 “Mission accomplished” banner for material?

In 2011, Vice President Biden said Iraq was going to be one of the current administration’s greatest accomplishments. That same year, President Obama said, “We’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq. . . . This is an extraordinary achievement . . . We remember the early days — the American units that streaked across the sands and skies of Iraq. . . . American troops breaking the back of a brutal dictator in less than a month.” The latter comments seem more timely and relevant.

On the other hand, old can be relevant. Does Toles have any old sketches, from 1975 maybe, of helicopters lifting off rooftops?

Charles Heid, Warrenton, Va.