Military Recruiting Woes

The US armed forces are looking for a few more good men and women.

The USA at 246

The Nation is unusually divided and melancholy on its birthday.

Watergate at 50

Half a century have passed since a botched burglary changed history.

Star Trek Goes Woke!

Has a franchise that’s always been political gone too far?

Russia Warns US Against Arming Ukraine

The proxy war is working.

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Russia Loses Another Top General

They have lost at least seven.

Mayberry and White America

When life doesn’t imitate art.

Richard Marcinko, 1940-2021

The Rogue Warrior is gone at 81.

Peak Fact-Checking?

Not every argument can be tested on a Pinocchio scale.

Portrait of a Robert E. Lee astride his horse, Traveller. Lee is bare-headed, wearing a military uniform, sitting very erect with his sword at his proper left side. His proper left hand is on the reins, and his proper right hand hangs down, holding his hat. The horse is in a walking pose with his proper left front hoof raised. On the front of the base is a relief depicting a fighting eagle with wings expanded, surrounded by clusters of oak leaves. On the back of the base is a relief of a garland. Portrait of a Robert E. Lee astride his horse, Traveller. Lee is bare-headed, wearing a military uniform, sitting very erect with his sword at his proper left side. His proper left hand is on the reins, and his proper right hand hangs down, holding his hat. The horse is in a walking pose with his proper left front hoof raised. On the front of the base is a relief depicting a fighting eagle with wings expanded, surrounded by clusters of oak leaves. On the back of the base is a relief of a garland.

Two Confederate Statues Meet Their Fate

Two controversial monuments are gone.

The Phony-Tough and Crazy-Brave

Violence, masculinity, and American politics.

Max Cleland, 1942-2021

The Vietnam War hero and one-term Georgia Senator has died at 79.

Colin Powell, 1937-2021

The trailblazing soldier-statesman has died at 84.

Women Likely to be Included in Draft

A long-overdue change appears to be happening.

Ed Asner, 1929-2021

The actor best known for his role as Lou Grant has died at 91.

Joseph Galloway, 1941-2021

A legendary journalist is gone.

Alabama, Disney, and the Quest to Be a National University

The cost of raising a university’s profile.

Donald Rumsfeld, 1932-2021

He was both the youngest and oldest man to run the Pentagon.

SCOTUS Says Cheerleader’s Snapchat F-Bomb Protected by 1st Amendment

Another narrowly-crafted but overwhelming opinion from the Supreme Court.

SCOTUS Declines Qualified Immunity Challenge

Federal police officers continue to be immune from lawsuits.

POW/MIA Flag Back Atop White House

Stoking a bizarre fantasy that will not die.

All Lies Are Not Created Equal

President Biden told a little fib.

Can Schools Punish Students for Off-Campus Speech?

Social media makes the line much harder to draw.

Trump’s Bizarre, Anti-Veteran Rant

The Toddler-in-Chief strikes again.

Chadwick Boseman Dead at 43

The actor best known for his roles as Jackie Robinson and Black Panther has been lost to cancer.

Brent Scowcroft, 1925-2020

The National Security Advisor to Presidents Ford and GHW Bush has died.

Who Gets Honored?

Are those who die in our wars more deserving than those who die in our stores?

100,000 Americans Dead from Coronavirus

Yet another grim milestone.

300,000 Dead from COVID-19

Another grim milestone

COVID-19 Has Killed More Americans Than Vietnam War

Another grim milestone. It won’t be the last.

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a tree planting ceremony in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day Wednesday, April 22, 2020, on the South Lawn of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks) President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a tree planting ceremony in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day Wednesday, April 22, 2020, on the South Lawn of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Trump in Trouble

Things are not looking good.

Kenny Rogers, Country Legend, Dead at 81

He was the king of crossover hits long before Garth Brooks.

Afghan War Marked By Incompetence, Misrepresentation, And Outright Lies

A new report details the extent to which the eighteen-year Afghanistan War has been marked by mistakes, and lies by the government to cover-up the fact that we went to war without a clear understanding of what we were doing.

Thinking About Arguing About Politics Over Thanksgiving Dinner? Don’t

Given the times we live in, you may be tempted to argue about politics tomorrow. Here’s my advice — don’t do it.

Trump Clears American Soldiers Involved In War Crimes

Against the advice of his top military advisers, President Trump has cleared three American soldiers of war crimes, sending a horrible signal to the world and to the troops in the field.

Poll Finds Little Support For Trump’s Syria Retreat

President Trump’s sudden decision to withdraw troops from Syria isn’t receiving much public support.

The End of Consensus

A conservative columnist argues the legitimacy of our system is in question.

American Public Mostly Ignoring War In Afghanistan

Eighteen years after it started, the American public seems to be mostly ignoring the war in Afghanistan. But that isn’t an excuse for not bringing it to an end.

Judge Dismisses DNC Lawsuit Alleging Trump Campaign Conspired With Russia

A Federal Judge in Washington has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the DNC alleging a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.

John Ratcliffe Is Not Qualified To Be Director Of National Intelligence

President Trump’s nominee to be the next Director of National Intelligence is quite simply not qualified for the position he has been nominated to.

Mueller Doesn’t Deliver

Everything you always wanted in a hearing. And less.

Robert Mueller Underwhelms, But Still Hits Important Points

Robert Mueller didn’t provide a smoking gun yesterday, but the President and his supporters are wrong to claim that the hearing vindicated the President.

Is It Possible To Be Patriotic In The Era Of Trump?

Is it possible, or even appropriate, to express pride in a country that is being led by a President who stands against everything this country stands for?

Supreme Court Holds That Maryland Peace Cross Can Stay On Public Land

The Supreme Court ruled that a World War One memorial that had been on public grounds for 70 years can stay where it is.

The Boys Of Pointe du Hoc

Thirty years ago, when the veterans of D-Day were still relatively young and still largely with us, President Reagan delivered one of the finest speeches of his Presidency.

White House Aides Asked Navy To ‘Hide’ USS John McCain During Trump Visit

White House aides asked the Navy to keep the USS John McCain “out of sight” while the President visited a Navy base in Japan earlier this week.