Cartoon by Nate Beeler of The Washington Examiner in Washington DC and published on 23 May 2009.
The cartoonist in this political cartoon is using an old children's rhyme “Liar, liar, pants on fire!” This expression is often used on the playground among children to accuse another child of lying! If you say someone’s pants are on fire, you are accusing them of lying about something.
To learn more about this expression and its origins, take a look at: http://mirror.uncyc.org/wiki/Liar_Liar_Pants_on_Fire
In this cartoon, Nate Beeler is criticizing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of lying about whether or not she was informed in 2002 by the CIA and the White House of enhanced interrogation techniques. An entire controversy has focused on Mrs. Pelosi. It has been proven that she did in fact not tell the truth and the fact that she has changed her story several times has not helped her.
In the US, a lot of political controversy currently surrounds the use of enhanced interrogation techniques. Some are calling these techniques torture and violate the Geneva Conventions. Others say that they are necessary measures to thwart immediate national threats. What are they? To learn more go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enhanced_interrogation_technique