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Thomas E. Ricks' daily take on national security.

Stars & Stripes dumps ‘Beetle Bailey’!

I know, the comic hasn’t been relevant, or funny, for many decades. Still, it seems kind of un-American for the U.S. military newspaper to fire the Army’s most famous slacker (except on weekends, when it is still planned to appear). I always thought ‘Beetle Bailey’ was stuck in the Army of the 1950s, when the ...

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I know, the comic hasn't been relevant, or funny, for many decades. Still, it seems kind of un-American for the U.S. military newspaper to fire the Army's most famous slacker (except on weekends, when it is still planned to appear).

I always thought ‘Beetle Bailey' was stuck in the Army of the 1950s, when the strip was started, and where the uniforms in the strip remain. ‘Doonesbury,' for the last decade, has done a much better job of evoking contemporary military life. (I know, "MajRod" and some others are still hatas. But perhaps they are stuck in the 1950s, too.)

I know, the comic hasn’t been relevant, or funny, for many decades. Still, it seems kind of un-American for the U.S. military newspaper to fire the Army’s most famous slacker (except on weekends, when it is still planned to appear).

I always thought ‘Beetle Bailey’ was stuck in the Army of the 1950s, when the strip was started, and where the uniforms in the strip remain. ‘Doonesbury,’ for the last decade, has done a much better job of evoking contemporary military life. (I know, “MajRod” and some others are still hatas. But perhaps they are stuck in the 1950s, too.)

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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