This Beetle Bailey strip ran a couple weeks ago and caught my eye for a couple reasons.
1) Beetle and Plato appear to be under fire. This strip never depicts war situations. The characters are in perpetual training, and never actually ship off to real combat. Presumably this is another drill at Camp Swampy — but you wouldn’t know that from these two panels.
2) That punch line is a killer. This strip has more of a punch, more of an edge, than I’m accustomed to seeing in Walker’s work, or indeed much of anything on the funnies page.
Afterthought: Could this be a cryptic anti-McCain reference?