Dropping the Blond Bombshell

Today’s cartoon that references a piece of art is not referencing a painting, drawing or classical work – but a film. Stanley Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove.

Friday 9th December 2016. The Times  – Peter Brookes/ Stanley Kubrick


Theresa May distances herself from Boris  Johnson’s comments on the House of Saud running proxy wars and puppeteering in the Middle East. She is seen in the cartoon kicking Boris, riding a British made bomb, out of the bomb bay.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been slapped down by Theresa May for his comments on Saudi Arabia’s role in the Middle East.

Footage emerged from an event last week at which Mr Johnson said: “There are politicians who are twisting and abusing religion and different strains of the same religion in order to further their own political objectives. That’s one of the biggest political problems in the whole region.

“And the tragedy for me – and that’s why you have these proxy wars being fought the whole time in that area – is that there is not strong enough leadership in the countries themselves.”

The foreign secretary identified Saudi Arabia and Iran specifically, saying: “That’s why you’ve got the Saudis, Iran, everybody, moving in, and puppeteering and playing proxy wars.”

Downing Street said Johnson’s comments on Saudi Arabia do not represent “the government’s position”.  The PM’s spokeswoman said the comments were the foreign secretary’s personal views. Which is a bit strange, because BoJo, as Foreign Secretary IS part of the Government.

It has also emerged the the UK is doing more than just suppling tonnes of arms to the Saudis apparently sources have confirmed that six experts are working with Saudi targeteers who select locations for attack.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in London insists they are not part of any direct operations but are training the Saudis to comply with the international rules of war.

The reference to the film is one scene where at the end, B-52 pilot Maj. “King” Kong  played by Slim Pickens — goes to the bomb bay to manually release the stuck bay doors on his damaged aircraft, thus enabling him to complete his nuclear attack run on a Soviet target.  But just as he celebrates his accomplishment with a bit of hootin’ and hollerin’, the bomb on which he was seated is dropped. He rides the device all the way in to the target, wildly whipping his Stetson hat around as he plummets to a thermonuclear death and a blaze of glory.



Director: Stanley Kubrick, Writers: Kubrick, Terry Southern and Peter George (screenplay), Peter George (book “Red Alert”), Stars: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens, USA/UK, Black and White, 1964

Kubrick was a visionary, but let’s hope not this time – “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!” Genius.

Chris Walker.


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