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This cartoon refers to defense cuts proposed by the Obama Administration (and possibly more specifically, to the proposed reduction of deployed strategic nuclear weapons–see Thursday’s Daily News Article).  The cartoonist implies that the cuts will “remove the teeth” from U.S. defense.

1. In reference to this cartoon, what would the expression “it has no teeth” mean?

2. Do you think the cartoonist’s depiction is accurate?  Explain your answer.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers.

Cartoon by Lisa Benson.


1. “It has no teeth” in this case would mean harmless; less powerful; ineffective; not forceful; weakened.

2.  Opinion question.  Answers vary.